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HTC One A9 posted by Dutch online retailer, priced at $792 USD

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HTC One A9 is priced like a high-end phone on an online retailer's website

HTC One A9 is priced like a high-end phone on an online retailer's website"

The other day, Evan Blass tweeted out specs allegedly belonging to the HTC One A9 (aka HTC Aero). Surprisingly, the specs indicated that the handset is a mid-range model, far from the "hero" device that HTC CEO Cher Wang promised it would be. While the specs might not be "top-shelf," the pricing appears to be. An online retailer in the Netherlands, Centralpoint.nl, has posted a listing for the device with an equivalent U.S. price of $792, including VAT.

While the pricing could be a placeholder, if it is legit, it would indicate that the specs leaked by Blass might be incorrect. There are some inconsistencies between what the tipster tweeted and a benchmark test. For example, Blass revealed that the HTC One A9 would be powered by the Snapdragon 617 chipset. An earlier GeekBench test showed the device powered by the MT6797 SoC. That is MediaTek's Helio X20 chip which features a deca-core CPU. That same test showed that the One A9 was equipped with 4GB of RAM as opposed to the 2GB listed in Blass' tweet.

Other specs tweeted by Blass show the One A9 equipped with a 5-inch screen carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution, and 16GB of internal storage. The camera combo from back to front was said by the tipster to weigh in at 13MP/4MP Ultrapixels, and a 2150mAh battery is expected to power the handset. The device will include a fingerprint scanner and has a metal build. According to the tweet, the One A9 is approximately 7mm thick, and will be available in six colors starting in November.

While many readers' first reactions ranged from a stunned disbelief to outrage, keep in mind that this is all speculation for now. While Evan Blass does have a good track record, we still recommend taking all of this information with the proverbial grain of salt. The phone is expected to be unveiled, along with an HTC smartwatch, at an event on September 29th.

Thanks for the tip!

source: Centralpoint.nl via GSMInfo (translated)

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posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:09 13

1. AtheK (Posts: 44; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


HTC go home, you are drunk.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 13:15 2

24. janis (Posts: 310; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


ok, i was waiting for 29 september, nexus or htc, now looks like i will jus buy samsung edge..

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 17:20

34. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


sorry htc this looks like a flunk for you you need to fire this lady running you into the ground and get some young fresh late 20's to mid 30's to show you what you need and and how to advertise.
watching static on tv is better then your ads

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:10 9

2. carlemillward (unregistered)


Evleaks is really giving false pretenses, the reason I was disappointed in M9 was because of the renders he posted. Will this suffer the same fate?

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:34 5

15. HighOnAndroidFTW (Posts: 185; Member since: 26 Apr 2015)


There is a reason he quote "retired" he's ill, (literally not poking fun or anything he's legitimately Ill) and he hasn't been ANYWHERE NEAR as accurate as he once was because he isn't professionally employed in the industry anymore.

He's washed up, he was going off on a YouTuber hardcore vendetta style over his twitter feed. I simply told him he might want to take it to pm as to not tarnish his rep. And he went off calling me every name in the book the most vulgar things you can think of. So his illness has clearly taken a toll on him.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 18:48

36. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Are you speaking on behalf of HoA (Max), or do you just like that username? Interesting if EVLEAKS was to insult you regarding your presence in the Android community.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:12

3. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


No HTC, no sweetie.. Go home baby.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:14

4. natypes (Posts: 1086; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


This is the proverbial nail in the coffin.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:14 7

5. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


iPhones are mid range devices with flagship prices. Why not try it? It's not like HTC can go any lower than pond scum.

I support this move HTC. If you can't beat them, join them. Go HTC! Trolling Apple is always a good thing.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:17 26

6. gaming64 (unregistered)


The last paragraph defines how unintelligent you are.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:26 2

12. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I am confident that I am a lot more intelligent than you are but you can believe whatever you wish.

Looks like a struck a nerve though. Sigh...isheep these days. Haha

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 16:27 1

31. ReticentHamster (Posts: 82; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


Argh! Why are people so intent on trolling nowadays? If you actually believe the ridiculous, flawed opinions that are spouted constantly, then there is much learning to do on your part.

Yes, the attitude of die-hard Apple fans is extremely annoying. The attitude of die-hard Android fans is highly irritating. We're all annoyed by each other, indeed. But if anyone genuinely hates somebody else because they bought a specific brand, no matter how snobbish or prideful the fans of said brand are, then there's a problem.

Please, Please tell me that you don't actually believe what you said, and that I'm being troll food right now...

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 18:43

35. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


Definetly shows how iFanatic you are. Supporting a company which loves to rip customers of by providing jack. But a logo.

So from your point if view, its OK for Apple to rip the iClueless people?

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:23 1

9. natypes (Posts: 1086; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Although I agree with you Apple has trendiness on their side. People HAVE to have an iPhone b/c they been convinced through marketing and the desire to 'keep up with the Jones'.' HTC is failing hard. They do need a hero, but this is not it.

The iPhone was the most expensive phone for a long time and it ingrained in people's mind that it was the best because of that. People wanted to be seen with an iPhone to show off. When Android caught up, then passed them, people didn't care. They buy based on 7-year old information and refuse to try to learn anything new about technology much less a new os.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:24 11

11. roldefol (Posts: 4178; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The only thing midrange about the iPhone 6S is the screen resolution. (And iPhone fans will put up a fight on that.) Everything else is flagship.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:31 10

14. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Battery size, cost of parts, ram, LTE speeds, display, pretty much everything about the 6s except the SOC is mid range actually. Maybe even if the camera since it has no OIS. So if everything is mid range except the SOC,nits mid range. Sorry bro.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:59 2

20. roldefol (Posts: 4178; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Let's see, I'll run through your list.
Battery size - Agreed. But with phones like the Moto G trouncing the Galaxy S6, is this really a midrange/high end issue, or just an it's too damn thin issue?
RAM - Can't compare iOS and Android. Irrelevant to users.
LTE Speeds - Haven't done my research.
Display - Agreed, see previous comment.
SOC - Top of the line.
Design and materials - Boring but premium.
Browsing and gaming speeds - Top of the line, but related to screen rez.
Camera - Top of the line, OIS or no. iPhone and Galaxy S trade places every year in quality.

So to recap: Screw the spec war. In all the areas users will notice - speed, camera quality, design and materials, the iPhone is a flagship. Only the screen and battery hold it back.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 12:15 3

22. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


One, the Moto G does not trounce the Galaxy S6 in battery life. Lol have you ever even used a GS6? Mine has much, much, much better battery life than every phone I have ever used with only the Z3 and Z3 compact beating it with my usage.

Two, you can't just write specs like ram and browsing speed because the browsers and operating systems are different. When it comes to pricing, which is what this article is about, you have to look at these things in a vacuum. If you slapped IOS and Safari on this HTC A9 an you can write off all those things as irrelevant too but that's stupid to do so because at the heart, this is mid range, just like the iPhone 6s is.

As for the camera.the 8mp iSight has been outdated for ages but it just took awhile for the menu to realize it.

Recap. Mid range specs are mid range specs no matter what type of advantages are presented to you make you appear more than mid range. You can't just ignore it because it performs well enough for you. Someone needs to be accountable for charging you flagship prices for mid range specs despite how well the mid range performs with a s**t display and very little resources to push.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 12:56 2

23. roldefol (Posts: 4178; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I will concede that the iPhone, if it were an Android device, would be considered mid-high-end like the Xperia Z Compact series. And because this is Apple we're talking about, they have the clout to charge what they do. Few iPhone buyers seem to care that they are overpriced by at least $100 *on specs*, which again have been largely irrelevant in the iOS vs. Android game. Nobody's ever going to hold Apple accountable for their pricing because they still sell tens of millions of units.

That doesn't change the fact that iPhone cameras have been top notch and the phones fly when it comes to browsing, gaming, and overall performance. Zippy performance is what makes a phone high-end in my book.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 13:41 2

26. Macready (Posts: 906; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Exposure and ease of use wise, the iPhone cameras have been good. The yellow color cast (in an attempt to mimic "golden hours" in almost every shot) needs to go and the usable resolution has been out classed for years by quite a few others. Which especially with the lack of optical zoom, is a real handicap (cropping being the only savior). As is the lack of OIS on the regular model and 16GB of non expandable storage. Certainly now t hat 4K has been added.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 13:50 1

27. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Not if you take short cuts. In a strong man competition, if one man pushes 10 pounds faster than another pushes 100 pounds do we just look at the speed? Nope. Neither should we just look for speed here when judging whether a phone is a flagship or not.

In fact, no iOS device should be considered flagship especially with a poor display and battery life. MacBook, yes that counts because even if it is still lighter than Windows, at least it's a real operating system. That's how I see it.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 14:15 3

29. roldefol (Posts: 4178; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Your strong man analogy is a little off. Try this: What hits 60 mph faster, a 3 ton truck with a 400 hp engine, or a 1.5 ton car with a 200 hp engine? (Probably the car, which doesn't have as much inertia to overcome.) If you need heavier duty hardware because your OS, UI, and Quad HD screen are weighing you down, your device is not better or faster, it's just different.

In the end, it's a flagship if it feels like one. You can cry midrange 'til the sheep come home, but a half-billion satisfied iPhone owners don't care.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 16:57

33. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Couldn't said it better myself. Too many ppl just hating on Apple just for the sake of hating on this site. Reality is a totally different story.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:48

19. Trex95 (Posts: 883; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


iPhone is mid range Lol wish if htc sell just as iPhone 5c sold lmao.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 22:01

39. perry1234 (Posts: 153; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


LOL , but the truth is if HTC sells as much as iPhone 5c , they will have a pretty good quarter !

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 06:51

40. Trex95 (Posts: 883; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Lmao.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 14:13

28. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 813; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


this device is not a midranger. It is pretty high end, but I will agree that the price is pretty high too

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:18 2

7. gaming64 (unregistered)


Stop it with this high-end/mid-end phone saturating.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:20

8. roldefol (Posts: 4178; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I thought we established that EU prices and US prices are not directly related. There's no way this device would sell for the equivalent $660 here. You can't include VAT either, because that's a hefty 21% tax we don't do.

For reference, the Galaxy S6+ 32 GB on the same site is $900 with VAT.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:24

10. Bm888 (Posts: 397; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


i suspected the leakstar by blass was not for Aero... i think HTC is trying hide as much any leaks of the real Aero as it doesnt want it 'killed' by negative publicity as m9 before real launch. HTC better bring something 'incredible' coz if not...itll be DONE!!!!

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 12:13

21. JesseJames (Posts: 128; Member since: 22 Feb 2015)


Keep your hopes up if you want too, blass was actually pretty close with the exception of two things. But don't mind me, I am a no body but you will find out soon enough though.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:28 1

13. Marduch (Posts: 61; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


2150 mAh batery?? R.I.P. HTC :-(((

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:40

17. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Better than 1750 mah. Snicker. Poor gaming64, he is probably crying right now.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:35

16. Manyci (Posts: 116; Member since: 03 Aug 2015)


I don't know wether it's true or not, but in the case it's true, HTC can bury themselves and by right. SD617 (or even wit the Helio) and 2150 mAh for $792?? Even te Xperia Z4 Aqua has similar specs and it's about $350 at worst. They are totally stupid...

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 11:44 3

18. Eclectech (Posts: 213; Member since: 01 May 2013)


Aren't we getting ahead of ourselves a bit? Seriously, I'd rather wait for the official specs and official pricing before I grab my pitchfork.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 13:40

25. Xchris (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Sep 2015)


Maybe phonearena should try and understand what a hero product actually is. It isn't as many people have assumed a flagship product but actually one that best represents a brand. So think big mac for McDonalds. Not necessarily their most expensive product but the product that best defines the brand. Htc have never said that the hero product would be a flagship device. Remember how this hero product was first introduced I.e. to shareholders. All shareholders are interested in is making money on their investment. Stop making assumptions and believing rumours.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 15:19

30. BLSEOTB (Posts: 332; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


As long as they ditch the iPhone design and go with the design render of phonedesigners M9 they should be fine.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 16:54

32. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Ppl wonder HTC's sales numbers are falling every yr? Its cause of dumb moves like this.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 20:25

37. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


The outline of this phone is 13mp ultrapixel camera with OIS and very thin body.
May be OLED display and SD617 can bring up a decent battery life. As far as ram is concerned, I don't see it a problem running stock android with sense apps.

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 21:59

38. DaveElliott (Posts: 108; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Not new to the game and yet HTC brings a knife to a gun fight. Sadly, other than their employees working hard for an incompetent management team, no one will bother to even glance over at this point when they hear the death rattle.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:40

41. fedricalanl6 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


HTC ONE A9 Smartphone is a smartphone price of the year

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