One is a number as you all know. And yes, a number is supposed to be one of its kinds, as each number is unique. But when you talk about HTC, there are a lot of Ones. In fact, HTC has a series of Ones. I’m talking about cell phones of course (well there was no pun at all). So the most recent mobile phone to be launched by HTC that adds in the list of the S-series is HTC One S9, Launched in June 2016, this phone has already created a stir and is giving other companies’ cell phones a run for their money. HTC has thrown a curve ball by launching a smartphone at a time no one was expecting it. The handset is available in two colours, viz. Silver and Gold. Though this is not a very high profile phone and more of a mid-range handset, the attempt seems to make it affordable for people. But ‘affordable’ and ‘satisfying’ don’t always go hand in hand. Is HTC One S9 an exception for this statement? Let us find out.
Don’t expect anything new in this slot, as it’s just copied from M9 and pasted into S9. So talking about design, HTC One S9 has almost the same design as HTC One’s M9 last year. There are a few but noticeable changes. There is no change at the back panel, and it is exactly similar to its predecessor. So yes, the bold chamfer from HTC 10 is not there. The front panel has changed and changed for good. The S9 now features 2 speaker slots instead of meshes. The Camera, earphone jack, and volume button, all remain the same. HTC One S9 too, features an aluminum body, and its dimensions are 144.6mm x 69.7mm x 10.1mm, almost same as that of M9. It weighs about 158 grams. Well, that sums up almost everything about the design of this piece. It’s almost a younger brother to M9.
Same is the story with its display, that occupies the LCD capacitive screen of 5 inches, having the screen-to-body ratio of 68.52%. The screen resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels that ensure bright colours and comfortable viewing. So viewing the screen in bright sunlight is not an issue at all. Its pixel per inch density is 441 ppi, again, same as that of M9. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass coating, so no worries if you drop it from your hands by mistake. One problem is that it does not have a fingerprint scanner, which seems to be a necessity with phones nowadays.
The storage department is a letdown if you are still comparing it with HTC One M9. The handset is available in 16GB, out of which 9.24GB is available to the user. It has 2GB RAM, which is good, but not good enough against M9’s 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. But hey, here’s something to cheer up. There’s a microSD card slot available that can be expanded up to 2000GB. Yes, you heard it right! So no more hesitation with the storage of movies and songs. The phone, however, does not support dual sim.
HTC One S9 features a MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset, which is less powerful compared to Snapdragon 810. It is powered by a PowerVR G6200 graphics processor. The handset S9 runs on Cortex-A53 2.0GHz Octa-core processor, which is a good thing to have. Playing high MB games on this device shouldn’t be an issue at all. Such games like Asphalt 8 can easily be installed. It has HTC Sense UI that ensures smooth running of apps. Overall, it is a good thing to have, keeping in mind that it is an MID-RANGE phone. Also, the 4G enabled HTC One S9 also supports Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nac, Miracast, NFC, GPS, Micro-USB for connectivity and much more things/apps. Fascinating, isn’t it?
The camera for S9, comparing it with the phones of its level, it has fantastic feature. The 13MP rear camera makes for its other letting down features as it has f/2.0, dual tone Flash (Dual LED), geo-tagging, autofocus, face detection. OIS and panorama. But the HDR feature stands out as it does on other phones. The front camera has a 4MP sensor. The ability to record HD videos is just amazing. Though it does not have a front flash, that’s okay.
The HTC One S9 is powered by 64-bit Octa-core processor and it runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). It has HTC Sense UI on top, incorporating additional features that it has to offer. The handset has loads of connectivity options with nine LTE bands with Cat.4 speeds. Also, the handset comes with a lot of other apps. The accelerometer, gyro, and proximity ensure the smooth flow.
The battery is not great nor appalling. It is somewhere in the middle, touching the satisfactory line. Powered by the non-removable Li-Ion 2840mAh battery, it has a standby time of about 658 hours, and talk-time up to 13 hours, which is quite satisfactory. It has a one charge rating of approximately 15 hours, which should be enough if you’re not having a very busy day. So yes, you’re free from the burden of a portable charger I can say.
To conclude, HTC One S9 is a good phone to have as it is not very classy and high priced, but a satisfactory phone with good camera features and software.