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,, 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: via GSMInfo (translated)



1. AtheK

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

HTC go home, you are drunk.

24. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

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

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?

15. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 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.

36. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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.

3. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

No HTC, no sweetie.. Go home baby.

4. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

This is the proverbial nail in the coffin.

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

6. gaming64 unregistered

The last paragraph defines how unintelligent you are.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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

31. ReticentHamster

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 19, 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...

35. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 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?

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

23. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

26. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

33. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 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.

19. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

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

39. perry1234

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

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

40. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013


28. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

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

7. gaming64 unregistered

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

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

10. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 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!!!!

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