HTC One A9 was one very interesting mid-ranger last year – it has a great hardware package wrapped inside a beautiful metal unibody. There was one problem though – the asking price, even after the first price cut, was too high.
This year HTC decided to launch a successor of the One A9, which is an upgrade, but instead of a more refined model that will allow for lowering the price and yet keep the premium feeling.
The new HTC One A9s keeps the same great looking metal body with its diamond-cut buttons and curved screen Gorilla Glass. The display unit is still 5″, but the matrix is now a Super LCD one with a lower 720p resolution.
The chipset has been changed, too, the One A9s ticks on Helio P10 by MediaTek which offers an octa-core A53 processor, Mali-T860MP2, and 2GB or 3GB of RAM depending on the storage option (16 or 32 GB).
The One A9s keeps the main camera at 13MP, but it’s a new sensor with a narrower f/2.2 aperture and it lacks optical image stabilization. The selfie snapper is another swap – instead of 4MP UltraPixel camera the One A9s relies on a regular 5MP 4:3 sensor with f/2.8 aperture and 1080p video recording.
Besides the flagship-grade shell, the One A9s gets to keep the fingerprint scanner, it’s connectivity options, and even comes with a slightly bigger 2,300 mAh battery. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow with the latest HTC Sense launcher. There is no word on Nougat update just yet, but HTC likes to update its latest devices.
The One A9s will launch this October, but the pricing is yet to be revealed. HTC didn’t hit the right spot there with the One A9, so hopefully this time it will make it right.