As for the processing power inside, the Snapdragon 617 chipset and 2 GB of RAM hint that HTC is placing its new A-series squarely in the upper midrange category, and it's the design that sets those apart, as well as the price tag. In terms of design, HTC delivers, as you can see in the high-res photos of the black and grey A9 below.
When it comes to price, Orange tagged the phone at €599.90, though this is most likely a placeholder until the phone goes official, as at these specs such a flagship-worthy price would be hard to swallow. In any case, October 20th is not far away, and we will know for sure what HTC has in store for us then. The A9's appearance on the Orange France's website at least confirms that this won't be an Asia-exclusive phone, as so many of the best HTC handsets these days.