HTC launches One A9 smartphone with tech purists in mind

HTC on Tuesday unveiled its new 5-in. display One A9 smartphone with an unusual appeal to smartphone purists who want to buy it unlocked and with few alterations to pure Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

The phone will sell globally starting in early November with a limited promotional unlocked price of $400, which is $250 below HTC’s previous price for unlocked phones. U.S. carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint will support the unlocked device initially, followed by Verizon Wireless once a software update is made available shortly after launch.

Users will get Uh-Oh damage protection for free and will be able to get Android Marshmallow updates within 15 days of when Google pushes updates to its Nexus phones, HTC said. Also, smartphone purists will be able to unlock the phone’s bootloader software without voiding any warranty.

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