While online sales of the HTC One A9, including carrier pre-orders, have been going on some time now, today it is now in actual, physical stores. AT&T and Sprint ones.
Pre-orders should begin shipping today for carrier variants and unlocked devices alike, too. But if you want to see a One A9 in person - and it's a pretty good phone - you can now do that, at least in America. There's no word on when T-Mobile's version is coming, exactly. The unlocked edition of the phone will get Verizon compatibility at a later date.
Edit: This article previously stated that there would be a T-Mobile A9. That is not the case - HTC's online store merely has a carrier picker so that they know which device to send you (there is a Sprint unlocked version and an ATT/T-Mo unlocked version, apparently). Here's what HTC had to say:
We are only selling unlocked devices on HTC.com (you select which carrier you are with to ensure we ship a compatible version).
Of course, you'd have to be a monumental cheapskate to buy from either AT&T or Sprint directly, because their prices on the A9 are absurd. AT&T wants $520, which is $20 more than what HTC's full retail price will be when the $399 promo period ends. That's bad enough. But Sprint? Oh boy. Sprint lists the full price of the One A9 as $696.
Sprint, I say this because it's for you own good: get bent. This is a $400 phone. You are placing a nearly 75% markup on it. Sprint published this price back on the 20th when the One A9 was announced, but it didn't get nearly the level of attention for the sheer, unbridled stupidity that it deserved. So I thought I'd point it out.
And here's the A9 availability press release, below.
THE HOTTEST SMARTPHONE OF THE SEASON NOW IN STORES
The newest flagship from HTC, the HTC One® A9, is stunningly thin with best-in-class features, from audio to imaging, and the newest Android™ Marshmallow software and capabilities including Android Pay and Now on Tap
Seattle, WA, November 6, 2015 – The HTC One A9, the newest member of the HTC One family and one of the first devices available with the new Android Marshmallow software, is available nationwide in stores and online at AT&T and Sprint beginning today.
The HTC One A9 is also available at HTC.com. HTC is giving customers even greater freedom with a special SIM Unlocked editionfor $499.99 on HTC.com that allows you to pop-in a SIM for a compatible network1, change carriers2 at will, or to unlock the bootloader without voiding your warranty. When purchased from HTC.com, the HTC One A9 comes with UH OH Protection, which includes one free replacement within the first 12 months of ownership for a cracked screen, water damage or carrier switch; 6 months of unlimited music on Google Play Music; and all four color options.
"With the launch of the HTC One A9, we made sure that we're not only delivering the most beautiful phone – super lightweight, all metal, rich colors with a dual-finish that feels amazing in your hand – but also a powerful product that is simple, uncomplicated and easy to use," said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America.
AThe HTC One A9 is impressive with its 2.5D edge-to-edge, highly polished Gorilla® Glass that covers a 5" Full HD high-contrast AMOLED display that is bright, even when used in sunlight, and also energy efficient.
A new multi-directional fingerprint scanner seamlessly integrates with the classic uni-body design and unlocks your phone and a world of possibilities, such as Android Pay, with a press of a finger.
The HTC One A9 is available in Opal Silver, Carbon Gray, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold3. A range of unique accessories are available at HTC.com as well, including the award-winning HTC Dot View™ case, HTC Pro Studio Earphones and the HTC Rapid Charger 2.0.
Better Sound Quality
The HTC One A9 represents the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in sound engineering from HTC and our partners. Every aspect, from the circuit board design to the placement of each electrical component, reduces sound interference and minimizes possible distortion. The built-in DAC produces outstandingly clean, noise-free audio, while the DSP converts and up-scales 16-bit audio to 24-bit 192KHz audio automatically4 The sound quality is better than a CD and simply doesn't exist on any other smartphone.
The HTC One A9 also includes a powerful high-output amplifier with double the power of some of its nearest rivals, providing more volume and dynamic range. The increased power delivers audiophile-grade sound, and when combined with a Hi-Res headset – such as the HTC Pro Studio Earphones – delivers superior sound quality you can hear – and feel.
Remarkable Photos Every Time
The HTC One A9 includes enhancements to both front and rear cameras, and the built-in camera software and editing tools ensure the HTC One A9 caters to both the professional and the everyday photographer. The 13MP rear-facing camera with built-in OIS (optical image stabilization) compensates for hand shake and vibrations for the perfect shot every time.
Auto mode is perfect for the individual that just wants to point and shoot. In Pro mode you can capture incredible image detail in RAW for an unmatched level of detail and post-shot editing flexibility. Photo Editor's one-button auto enhancement feature fine tunes your image to brighten colors and sharpen edges.
Taken in bright light or outdoors, selfies look good no matter what camera you use, but taken in the evening or indoors, they can face challenging lighting conditions. The UltraPixel™ front-facing camera delivers the best self-portraits in any lighting condition by capturing 300% more light than conventional smartphone cameras. We also added enhanced algorithms, advanced processing, and dynamic auto exposure to deliver high quality, natural looking results regardless of the light condition.
The HTC One A9 has a Hyperlapse feature, which allows you to speed up your videos up to 12x for a dramatic time-lapse effect to make videos epic.
The Latest from Android
The HTC One A9 is the first non-Nexus smartphone to run the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow platform which comes with cool new features such as Android Pay, Now on Tap, Doze and App Standby.
Combined with the multi-directional fingerprint scanner, Android Pay makes purchasing items as secure and as easy as "tap, pay, done." Google's Now on Tap feature also intuitively provides contextual information about whatever is on your screen – look up reviews for a movie from a text, hear a song mentioned in a blog post, or book seats at a restaurant from an email, all at the press of the home button.
The HTC One A9 has also been designed with all new power-saving capabilities to maximize battery life. Doze automatically turns off power hungry applications when your phone is left idle, such as when charging overnight, while App Standby knows when an app open in the background isn't being used and shuts it down until you need it again.
With the optional HTC Rapid Charger 2.0, the HTC One A9 charges up to 75% faster charging5 are all optimized to maximize battery life throughout the day. This means you can play 12 hours of HD video on one charge.
Despite the super slim design, we didn't compromise on the MicroSD card slot, which supports up to 2TB. With Marshmallow, the MicroSD card can be designated as additional internal storage to support more apps. In the U.S., the HTC One A9 has 3GB RAM, with 32GB memory.
HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498).www.htc.com.
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1 AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers can use an unlocked HTC One A9 today. Verizon LTE compatibility will be added at a later time. 2 Customers switching to or from Sprint will need to switch to a compatible device, which is provided free of charge as a part of the UH OH Protection program.
3 Colors vary by carrier and retailer
4 Compatible headphones required
5 Compared to conventional 1A chargers.