HTC One A9 appears to be a mid-range model

HTC One A9 appears to be a mid-range model
A tweet from tipster Evan Blass reveals that the eagerly awaited HTC One A9 is not exactly the high-end device that every one expects it to be. According to the tweet disseminated by the tipster today, the One A9 aka the Aero, will be equipped with a 5-inch AMOLED display carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. That works out to a pixel density of 441ppi. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 617 chipset, which carries an octa-core CPU, and the Adreno 405 GPU.

Blass, who gained fame as @evleaks, added that 2GB of RAM is inside the Aero, along with 16GB of expandable internal memory. A 13MP camera (with OIS) graces the rear of the handset, and a 4MP Ultrapixel camera is on the front, ready to snap selfies and handle video chats. The HTC One A9 is made from metal, and a fingerprint scanner is said to be on board. A 2150mAh battery keeps the lights on. The device is said to measure approximately 7mm thin, and will be offered in six different colors.

The HTC One A9 should be released in November. It was back in July when HTC CEO Cher Wang addressed an HTC stockholders meeting and tried to raise the spirits of those in the room by revealing that HTC would be producing a new high-end "hero" device which later became the HTC Aero aka the HTC One A9. The executive's comments made it sound like the phone would be a flagship model, but the latest specs seem to say otherwise.

We should see the phone unveiled on September 29th, possibly alongside an Android Wear powered HTC smartwatch.

Tweet from Evan Blass reveals that the HTC One A9 is not a high-end model

Tweet from Evan Blass reveals that the HTC One A9 is not a high-end model


source: @evleaks

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37 Comments

1. Super.Vegito

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

Good if I the keep the prices low. Kinda reminds me or desire 820.

19. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

So, there is a model called A9 plus in the toe.

31. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well it reminds me of Samsung A series

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Digging their own grave. wtf HTC

11. dimas

Posts: 3289; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They don't need to compete with high ends for the next 2 years because that will be more suicidal. If their mid-rangers will be good then they might be a hit to the budget conscious people. I just wish that they're going to use sony sensor and a more optimized ui for a small battery.

3. Super.Vegito

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

Good if they keep the prices low. Kinda reminds me of desire 820.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Ladies & Gentlemen - Let's observe a 2 minute silence in respect for the souls of HTC investors, customers and well wishers. Please stand by them in these times of agony.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Why dafuq do you wanna release a new mid range series when you already have a capable mid range Desire series? Someone please kick those fools away, they clearly have no idea of what they're doing right now. HTC seriously needs a better leader.

6. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

The problem is M9 looks too similar to M8 and seems neither sells well today. Else they could have sold M8 at an attractive price instead of spending on an intermediate. At least Samsung is clever, both S5 & Note 4 have unique selling points compared to their latest S6/edge/Note series.

13. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I think you're right Kruze. But they needed that better leader at the start of the year.

7. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

So, no helio x20? I was going to give you a chance htc, but you are nothing to me now.

8. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Definitely fake. I rather trust previous leaks.

10. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

evleaks is a trusted guy. No reasons to disbelieve this leak. Anyway do you think HTC is capable of releasing a flagship now and then followup with another in 3-4 months time to compete with S7? I think they are doing the Samsung way of showcasing whats coming & test waters to boost confidence in their design. Just like Galaxy Alpha was used to indicate that metal build is coming.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

He gave us that erroneous leak of that impressive looking M9. I was so pumped and then HTC let me down.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

HTC should avoid the GS7 like the plague. They should release the same time as the Nexus devices. Give the isheep a good month or 2 to graze and then target November. Sort of like the Nexus release schedule. 2 benefits here. If they fluke out a hit, they peak at the right time, the holiday season. Two, they have access to the best hardware and have a better chance of taking over phone of the year even though it will probably be the phone of November to December and get eclipse by January. Technically that's still phone of the year. Three, they avoid Samsung. Four, the latest Android build is out in October so you can claim you are up to date every year and get fake kudos that you update on time. In fact, Samsung should delay the GS7 until September at the same time as the Note 6 in order to do all of the above.

25. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

No, it doesn't work. Because unlike Apple, Android manufacturers doesn't have the brand value to sell old configurations at heft price by just highlighting the experience. When a phone is released around September, it barely has 3-4 months left in that year and then it becomes deglamourized as previous year's phone. Add to that the fact chip/component manufacturers better their portfolio around the start of every year and that makes the previous year released flagship less attractive compared to newer phones from others.

34. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Its actually pretty damn accurate, there are a couple of things that aren't right though. For one, its not metal its polycarbonate.

9. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Looks like many manufacturers are going to shift to amoled technology.

12. AZNHA unregistered

i want x20

14. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

HTC's ridiculous pricing strategy means that they have effectively priced themselves out of the mid range & budget categories, especially in the two most important markets for those devices, namely China & India. Unless they change their pricing strategy, which seems very unlikely, HTC have no option other than to go hell for leather & out spec demons. Granted, that strategy also has little chance of success, but it's still better than outing middling phones with prices that are a joke.

33. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

They price it at a margin good enough to sustain the company & fund R &D for future. But these chinese suicide brands have done profitless pricing and screwed up the business of better product companies like HTC. LG mobile & Sony mobile divisions will soon follow HTC's fate. Apple has cleverly positioned the expectations and people are ready to pay for the brand. But for Android , its a dog fight between manufacturers on who want to lose more.

15. Xardas2

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 15, 2015

If this is the case it looks like I'm going to the Z5 Premium for the next 2 years then..

16. defcomk

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

death spiral

17. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Apple CEO gotta make appointments to count his money. Samsung CEO letting off they premium lines trying to steal Apple money. LG CEO chillin'.... Making bare minimum money. HTC CEO letting his workers experiment with midrange phones.... Making no money. Lettuce pray for HTC in their time of distress?

18. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

ah,.and the same ol' 4mp ultra front cam tagging along too,well i guess this one is going down too.

37. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I think the 4 Ultra MP is a very good choice for the front camera. It would be much better than any 5MP on todays front camera of flagships. I doubt this specific rumor and I hope HTC brings much better phone.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Eh, that's not mid range in isheep land. The display, battery, and camera(if they use OIS correctly) is all well above an iPhone 6s. If it's really Android M and the software is as light as the Nexus 5 stock Android, they can claim the same BS isheep claim that software optimization is all that matters. They can call it a flagship and charge you ridiculous 1000 dollar prices if the software runs well. Am I right?

22. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

They could claim whatever they like, but who is gonna buy it?!.

24. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

But Haven't We Seen Benchmarks Of This Phone Noway The Soc Is The 617. Cause Those GeekBench Scores Were Above 5k.

26. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

November is the month to turn things around. With the Nexus coming soon it may stand a chance but definitely not against the Galaxy S7. Flagships specs for $599 or bust.

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