IFA 2016: HTC unveils One A9s smartphone


Next device in manufacturer’s portfolio will be released in the UK later this year 

HTC has unveiled the One A9s – the latest addition to its One smartphone range.

The device, which is cased in a metal body, is powered by a 64-bit octo-core processor and runs the Android OS with HTC’s Sense overlay.

It has a five-inch HD Super LCD touchscreen made from toughened Corning Gorilla Glass, which HTC said makes it crafted to withstand hundreds of drops and scratches, in addition to hundreds of hours of extreme weather testing.

Users can personalise the screen through Freestyle Layout, which enables users to drag icons, stickers and widgets anywhere.

The A9s has a 13 megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash that comes with a BSI Sensor that HTC claims enables users to capture low light details.

There is a five megapixel snapper on the front, with voice recognition for hands-free selfies. Both cameras come with full HD video recording.

HTC Boost+

A fingerprint sensor sits below the touchscreen and can also be used to unlock protected apps locked with HTC Boost+ – a suite of tools designed to maximise the smartphone’s security, privacy and performance.

This allocates resources as needed, which reduces unnecessary power consumption of background apps. It also clears up temporary files and provides the user with reminders about apps they haven’t used in a while.

Other features of note include a dual microphone with noise cancellation, 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded to 2TB with a microSD card.

The One A9s will be released in the UK later this year. Availability, stockists and handset colours will be confirmed in due course.