HTC One A9 rumor round-up: specs, price, release date


It was some time in July when we started hearing about a mysterious new HTC handset named the Aero. Later on, rumors started reaffirming that it will be known as the HTC One A9, and various reports about its specs and placement in the smartphone hierarchy started popping up. A faux launch-date was whispered about – September 29th – but, as we all can pretty much confirm – an HTC One A9 has not been launched yet. Now, a new event is right around the corner – HTC is prepping to reveal something on the 20th of October and the rumor mill believes that this is when the world will see the A9 for the first time.

So, with that date being just a week away – let's recap everything that has been leaked, speculated, and reported on about the new HTC One A9.

Design and fingerprint sensor


Early leaks showing an iPhone-ish design seem to be more and more in line with reality, as even leakster @evleaks has posted a few shots showing the HTC One A9 in its multi-colored glory. Leaked images show the handset to be metal-built, of the non-removable battery kind. Its shape, rounded off corners and antenna strips included, remind watchers of the iPhone 6 with a twist of HTC. There appears to be a fingerprint scanner right under the screen, shaped in an elliptic fashion, much like a Samsung home button, but looks like it will be a touch sensor only. If this is the case, we suppose it could also allow for various touch gestures when the device is on, like what the OnePlus 2 does with its finger sensor, but that's still just speculation. @evleaks tweeted renders of the device, showing it in 6 different finishes – opal silver, acid gold, deep garnet, carbon gray, rose gold, and cast iron.


Display and specs


There are a lot of conflicting reports about what class device the One A9 is going to be and none seem to be prevailing. Early rumors claimed that it will bear MediaTek's deca-core Helio X20 MT6797 SoC, paired with 4 GB of RAM. The display was said to have a 5" diagonal and a 1080 x 1920 resolution. This leak is also reinforced by what seems to be a blooper by a Dutch retailer, who listed the One A9 early on its website, clearly stating a 5" screen and 4 GB of RAM, with a price-tag equivalent of $792.

Now, all of these leaks gathered paint the picture of a powerful, top-tier device. However, more recent leaks, first ignited by serial leakster @evleaks, showed us a different painting – one of a midrange smartphone. Indeed, according to the latest reports the HTC One A9 will have a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 humming under its hood, paired with just 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and powered by a 2,150 mAh battery. In the camera dapertment, it will have a 13 MP main snapper, and a 4 MP ultra-pixel selfie cam. As far as the display goes – this information hasn't changed, thankfully, it is still expected to have a 5" diagonal with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, resulting in the crisp 441 ppi pixel density.

You think the conflicting reports are done? Well no – not quite so, as an AnTuTu Benchmark report leaked the One A9 to bear a Snapdragon 620 under its hood, and 3 GB of RAM. In this case, all other leaked specs remain the same, safe for the internal storage, which has also been boosted up to 32 GB.

Quite confusing thus far, though, we do believe it's safe to say that the chances for the HTC One A9 to actually be a super-powered top-tier device are pretty slim. Earlier leaks could've been either wishful thinking, scrapped ideas, other HTC projects, or any mixture of the three. Of course, there's also the chance that the A9 will arrive in a few variants, though, we don't believe they will range all the way from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 to a MediaTek Helio x20.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow on-board


As previously mentioned, HTC has already sent invitations for a virtual announcement on the 20th of October. The event is clearly going to consist of at least one phone unveiling, as the invitational email read "Meet the new Marshmallow from HTC on 10/20". So, if the phone we are about to see announced is indeed the HTC One A9, this would make it one the first non-Google handsets to bear the brand-new Android build. This means granular app permissions, Android Pay, native fingerprint support, Google Now on Tap, and Doze mode, which will hopefully mean more battery life out of that 2,150 mAh juicer. HTC's Sense UI is known to be a pretty light reskin over stock Android, so if the manufacturer continues this trend with the One A9, we should expect a snappy, nearly unaltered functionality, with HTC's visual themes slapped over it.


Partnership with Tidal


HTC has partnered with Tidal for the event, claiming that the two companies are bound by a mutual love for music. The renders and leaks of the One A9 we've seen so far don't show huge BoomSound stereo speakers, so this device doesn't look like it will be as melomaniac-centered as the flagship One M9 or the higher-end Desire series. However, it may mean that the new HTC handsets could come with a free trial period of Tidal Music as a gift. After all, Google does it with the Nexuses, Apple does it with the iPhones, even Samsung bundles 3 months of Deezer Premium+ for Galaxy S and Note users. Tidal does have a 30-day trial offering, but with the HTC One A9 – it could be extended to match the competitors' 90-day periods. But that, again, is speculation.


Price and release date


In its website, HTC refers to the 10/20 event as a "launch", so it's safe to assume that the HTC One A9 will become available for purchase soon after it has been unveiled on-stage. As far as price goes – that's still unknown. If we are to believe the more recent rumors — that the One A9 is going to be a Snapdragon 617-equipped midranger — then the price-tag of $792 that was leaked earlier is hardly a believable one. Indeed, judging from past launches — such as the Snapdragon 615-bearing Desire 820 — we would expect the HTC One A9 to be priced between $400 and $500.

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One A9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2150 mAh(16h 3G talk time)

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17 Comments

1. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

HTC is trying the "apple black magic" of trimmed down hardware specs and selling at flagship price.... But what HTC is forgetting is you can come up with great ergonomics design but android is not ios as it requires maximum hardware push for it to be fluid... And the rumored price¿ Ooh boy R. I. P HTC

3. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Android requiring better hardware is bulls**t. AOSP is able to run fine on mid range hardware. Just because Samsung/LG bloat their software doesn't mean it's Android's flaw.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

That's what the oems want you to think so they don't have to apologise to you for their HEAVY android skin and for not updating their phones, ever their flagship ones.

9. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Uh no. Android runs perfectly fine on the Moto series with their underwhelming specs. It's the likes of some of the more popular OEMs that drag the phones performance down with their interfaces. I'm hoping this shows people you can have a fine phone with midrange specs and a lower price tag

2. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

They can paint the phone like LG/Samsung from head to toe.

5. detail0830

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

hTC A9 tries hard to look iPhone-like, but it's definitely worse looking. The shape and location of the camera, the antenna, the front speaker, the screen, the home button and etc. make huge differences.

10. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Cam looks better centered. And there's nothing wrong with the other stuff you mentioned. They just need to reshuffle that stuff at the bottom of the phone, like centering the micro usb! I'm looking forward to this phone

6. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Still no signs of HTC switching up past 1080p screens. They're a dying company so of they want to survive they really need to step up their game and stop making phones so insanely difficult to repair that they're essentially disposable phones.

11. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

That's pretty much only thing that is good with HTC these days. Beyond 1080p in a small screen phone screen is just BS and waste of battery.

7. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

OMG i rather they stick with their old htc one design than this fake iphone design... even their butterfly series looks better than this

8. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

5in screen with 5.5 inch sized phone

12. AU-1999

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

It's HTC Sense 6, not Sense 7.

14. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Congratulations to everyone who hated the m9.. Maybe it looked like the m8 and the m7 but why is that only ok for Apple?

15. GeekMovement unregistered

No more design innovation from HTC. Still remember when they released the M7 (or known only as HTC One back then), it was an outstanding design compared to the rest of the competition.

16. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Wait so iPhone 6 copied the htc one look but now HTC wants to make it's own iPhone copy smh?

18. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Bezelicious!

19. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

HTC is Doomed. End of story.

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