HTC One A9 makes debut Nov. 6 as Sprint’s first device to launch with Android 6.0, Marshmallow
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 20, 2015 - Android 6.0, known as Marshmallow, is coming to Sprint! HTC One® A9 will be available Nov. 6 as Sprint’s first smartphone to launch with the newest version of the Android operating system.
Through Jan. 7, qualifying customers pay $20 per month for a 24-month lease of HTC One A91 with Sprint Lease. Also, for a limited time, customers activating a new HTC One A9 will receive two monthly service credits of $20 each after activation. This $40 savings is available when activating the device through Sprint Lease at Sprint retail stores, sprint.com or 1-800-Sprint1. Preorder begins today and more information is available at www.sprint.com/htc.
“Innovation is at the core of everything we do at Sprint,” said David Owens, senior vice president of Product Development for Sprint. “We are excited to bring HTC One A9 to our customers as our first Android 6.0 device launch. Sprint will even pay two months of your lease payments – it’s a great deal on a great device.”
Striking Design with Robust Features
Melding the best of HTC’s acclaimed design and innovation with the latest from Google’s Android, HTC One A9 is a stunning smartphone that stands out from the crowd. As the first non-Nexus smartphone powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, HTC One A9 offers Google’s latest innovations right out of the box including:
- A multi-directional fingerprint scanner, which when combined with Android Pay makes purchasing items as secure and as easy as “tap, pay, done.”
- Google’s Now on Tap feature also 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.
- 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.
HTC One A9’s fun and useful features include a 13MP rear camera featuring Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to minimize hand shake and correct vibrations for a crystal-clear picture. The Hyperlapse editing tool lets users speed up videos to 12 times as fast for a dramatic time-lapse effect. Vibrant 24-bit high definition sound quality comes from the combination of a high-output amp integrated into the headset combined with Dolby Audio™ Surround technology. It is also one of the few smartphones available today with an expandable microSD™ memory slot (card sold separately).
An evolution of the iconic HTC One family design, HTC One A9 boasts a stunning design with a fusion of metal and glass with a 5-inch, edge-to-edge, full HD AMOLED screen, offering brighter and more vivid colors for brilliant graphics and gaming, even in direct sunlight. Sprint will offer HTC One A9 in two color options – Carbon Gray and Opal Silver.
HTC One A9 will launch with carrier aggregation capability, a feature of LTE advanced. Carrier Aggregation-capable devices have the ability to take full advantage of Sprint’s deep 2.5GHz spectrum position and experience significantly faster speeds. Cell sites with two-channel 2.5GHz carrier aggregation deployed have the ability to deliver peak speeds of 100Mbps or more to capable devices.
Sprint’s network continues to win accolades for getting better every day. According to RootMetrics, in 125 markets measured in the first half of 2015, Sprint received 180 first-place (outright or shared) RootScore® Awards for overall, reliability, speed, data, call, or text network performance. Those numbers sound even more impressive when compared to last year’s results. In these same 125 markets, Sprint achieved 27 first-place award wins in the year-ago period.2
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 57 million connections as of June 30, 2015, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1 $0 down at signing on a 24-month lease at $20/month lease for other monthly lease payments above, all for qualified customers. Requires new line of service or eligible upgrade. Payment varies for other memory configurations. No equipment security deposit required. Lease payment amount excludes taxes and svc plan charges.
2 RootMetrics award rankings based on RootMetrics 1H 2014 and 1H 2015 125 Metro RootScore Reports (January-June 2014 and 2015) for mobile performance, as tested on best available plans and devices on four mobile networks across all available network types. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Sprint. Your results may vary. See rootmetrics.com for details.
Michelle Leff Mermelstein, 703-592-8357