HTC One S9 is official: a new mid-ranger with a few surprises

The HTC One S9 has just made its official debut, but it's nothing new per se: bringing back the good-looking metal design of the HTC One M9, the One S9 is a more affordable phone that differentiates itself with a set of two front-firing speakers. It runs on Android 6 Marshmallow with HTC Sense on top.

The HTC One S9 is an upper mid-range phone and not on the same level as flagship devices. This is evident by the year-old design, but also by the fact that the S9 sports a MediaTek Helio X10 system chip, a less powerful SoC than the top-grade chips out there.

HTC also takes pride in and advertizes the 13MP optically stabilized camera on the One S9. Up front, there is an UltraPixel camera with large, 2-micron pixel, a techy specification that means that it should do better than others in low-light situations. You can take a look at the full spec sheet right below.

One S9
PlatformAndroid 6 Marshmallow
with HTC Sense
Dimensions144,6 × 69,7 × 10,09 mm, 158 g weight
Display5" Full HD (1080 x 1920)
SoCHelio X10 with 2GB RAM
Octa-core @ 2GHz
Cameras13MP rear cam with f/2.0 lens, OIS, 1080p video
2-micron UltraPixel front camera

Price and release date

The HTC One S9 is making its official debut over at HTC Germany and it sports Europe-bound 4G LTE bands. So far, HTC has not provided any official details about US availability, so it's hard to tell whether the phone will ever make it state-side. 

In Europe, the HTC One S9 price is set at €500 (the equivalent of some $566), which puts the phone firmly in upper mid-range grounds on equal footing with last year's flagship devices.

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One S9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio X10, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(13h 3G talk time)



1. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

X10 was garbage in xperia m5. Many complain that their phones nearly bricked with repeated rebooting issues. Bad move for htc to get this 2015 reject, they should have stayed with snapdragon or an exynos.

4. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And it was garbage on my M9+. The X9 would've been a great midranger if it wasn't for the crappy X10.

11. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It would be even crappier with the SD615.

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Never used the X10 so cannot comment. SD615 doing a pretty nice job in my moto x play ( equivalent to droid maxx 2 in us ) no lag no issue at all so if you had issue with sd615 device maybe its was the device itself thats was crappy not the soc.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Looking to what they do this year with the A9's successor. Here's crossing my fingers that the SoC is a SD625

35. shady_maniac

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

P10 would've been better

37. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015


42. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

HTC forgot it was 2016. Even the P10 is least the X20 or Snapdragon 650, Jesus HTC.

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

For those who want 2015's phone in 2016.

3. Sdiq572

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 26, 2015


10. NoAllegiance unregistered

Not for long, Apple may change their "S policy" due to declining upgrades.

5. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This isn't even a 2015 phone, the specs are almost 3 years old.

43. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

And you people don't know it is fastest phone available especially 6s and 6s plus. S7 edge still losses from iPhone 6s. Any time I see a speed test I am seeing all Android phones losing from 6s even most benchmark says iPhone 6s is best in performance. And my experience with 6s was awesome too especially in term of daily usage less crashes than Android phones. bTW your comment is 3 year old. Cuz 6s is one of the advance phone available.

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Very expensive. Bad move HTC.

8. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Expensive. That should not be more than $ 450

12. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

arent you generous. i would say 350-400. not way is this worth the same amount as the one a9, with a way better processor

29. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

450? HAHAHAHA How about 250 max?

30. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

This thing should have been a priced at $200 or even less. Who will leave the Huawei Honor 5X to buy this thing?

39. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

^this... meizu's m1 metal have Helio X10, 5.5" FHD, 13MP, 16GB, 2GB RAM, 3140mAh for $170

9. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Suck my toe HTC.

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

uhmmm... Yikes?!!

15. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015


14. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

where is the "upper mid-range phone " phonearena !! maybe for the price only !! take HTC one 9 , better speces and lower price

33. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

But HTC M9 camera is super crappy... If this is the same camera as the A9 its destroy the M9 camera.. agreed for the rest.

16. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

HTC, TERRIBLE move. I think they COMPLETELY forgot about the idol 4 and 4s which are both over 200 dollars less coming very soon. HELIO X10 and 2GB RAM for $715 CAD? F$%#! that.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's not a bad phone, but should be in the $350 price range.

18. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Even for $350 a Nexus 6 or Moto X Pure is better.

40. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it should be under $200 meizu m2 metal have Helio X10, 5.5" FHD, 13MP, 16GB, 2GB RAM, 3140mAh for $170

19. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

$399 price with S652 inside would make sense but this device is priced not to sell.

20. ohjoechris

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 19, 2016

HTC never learn WTF $500?

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