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.
|Platform||Android 6 Marshmallow|
with HTC Sense
|Dimensions||144,6 × 69,7 × 10,09 mm, 158 g weight|
|Display||5" Full HD (1080 x 1920)|
|SoC||Helio X10 with 2GB RAM|
Octa-core @ 2GHz
|Cameras||13MP 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.