HTC One A9 Price, Specs, Features And Release Date
HTC has been floundering as an Android OEM lately, having not released a flagship that captures attention since the days of the One M7. They look unlikely to do the same even with the upcoming One M9, owing to their insistence on keeping with the same design across 3 years.
The company seems to be looking for that elusive success in other areas of the market now, as they get ready to launch their mid-range offering, the HTC One A9 (htc Aero). Mostly everything about this phone has been leaked – from the design to the specs to even the colours it will be available in. The discourse around the One A9 has, surprisingly, been mostly around the fact that it look – well, pretty much exactly like an iPhone.
If the current leaked marketing materials are correct, HTC are even going as far as to ape the colour naming scheme of the iPhone, going with ‘carbon grey’ instead of ‘space grey’ but keeping ‘rose gold’ the same. Nevertheless, the phone does look good, even if it closely resembles another one.
On the specs front, the HTC One A9 offers a Full HD 5-inch AMOLED display, with a 1920×1080 resolution. This might be a bit too much for its 2150mAh battery, but that remains to be seen. It’s reported to feature the as yet unseen Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Qualcomm’s new mid-range SoC, which is supposed to take care of the heating problems faced so frequently by the current generation Snapdragon 615 chipset, seen in phones like the Yu Yureka or the Xiaomi Mi4i. Also Read – LG G5
The Snapdragon 617 is expected to come with eight A-53 cores, with an Adreno 405 GPU. The handset should come with 2GB of RAM, which is about right for the mid-range segment. It sports a 13MP camera with a Sony sensor at the back, with a 4-ultrapixel front shooter.
Pricing will be an important part of this phone’s success – with the current state of the smartphone market, HTC cannot afford to price this phone around the 20-25,000 price range, as phones like the aforementioned Yureka and Mi4i, which have basically the same specs are available for much less.
HTC is having an event on the 29th of September, but reports suggest that they do not want to the One A9 to compete for attention with the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, which are both also being announced that day. They might choose to withhold this for a later date, where they can get all the media attention they believe the phone deserves.