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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