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

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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