Report: HTC Aero carrying MediaTek's deca-core chipset, might arrive as the HTC A9

Report: HTC Aero carrying MediaTek's deca-core chipset, might arrive as the HTC A9
You might recall that HTC was supposed to release a "Hero" phone in October according to CEO Cher Wang. This was supposedly a phone called the HTC Aero. For a while, we heard about the Aero with one tipster saying that it was awesome. Then, last week, rumors started circulating about a flagship model called the HTC O2. The latter was said to feature a 6-inch, 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution screen with the Snapdragon 820 SoC inside, and an IP certification. The inclusion of the Snapdragon 820 means that this model will be arriving in the first quarter of 2016 at the earliest.

So what happened to the HTC Aero? According to a report published on Monday, the Aero is still on the way, but will be known as the HTC A9. The report says that the phone will be powered by MediaTek's deca-core Helio X20 chipset and will feature 2.5D curved class.

The report says that the HTC A9 will be offered in Tyrant Gold and Dark Gray, priced in a range between $470 USD and $626 USD. There is talk that AT&T will get first crack at the device, and that the phone will include a groundbreaking rear camera. The HTC A9 will have an all-metal build.

Hopefully HTC will soon clear up some of the confusion surrounding the HTC A9 and the HTC O2. The last thing this company needs is a confused fan base, especially after the HTC One M9 and its many variants have failed to lift the company's stock off all-time lows. We also don't know if the mystery HTC device that visited the FCC earmarked for Verizon, has anything to do with the A9, but we will keep our eyes low to the ground and hope to find out more information.

source: Mobile-Dad (translated) via Mobipicker



1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Seriously? Is this your hero device, HTC? Don't forget to release over 15 Hero variants afterwards, like A9+, AE9, AE9+, AM9, AShit 9.... etc.

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Very well said a myriad of ash ashh asch assh ahsh phones . At the first I was disappointed then angry now I found it entertaining . The recipe how to alienate your fans( a personal note) and make a stunning loss.

2. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I'm not going to consider an HTC device as long as they have ads running in their Blinkfeed.

13. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

you mean the ones that can be turned off at any time?

14. Sale247

Posts: 72; Member since: May 08, 2014

I have M9 and I never get any ad....

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

IM not going to consider an Samsung device for as long as its running touchwiz crap bloatware.

4. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

HTC, we need to talk about your chipsets decisions lately... Snapdragon 810? Okay, I get it you tried to "overcome" the overheating and you have the license of Snapdragon, anyhow you could have gone with a Snapdragon 808 and reduce the price of the phone. (This would help you both ways) Mediatek Helio X10? Seriously.. You put in a FLAGSHIP a manafacturer which gives almost 0 SDKs support and developer guidelines.. Plus, we see Chinese phones with this kind of Chipset for 200$... I mean it might work in Asia but don't do this in the West. And.. now you do it again! You're going to launch a flagship in the west with a Mediatek. Get yourself together.

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

The article said helio x20... But yeah. Suicide phone

7. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

I meant Heli x10 for the M9 Plus :) Yeah, the x20 is for this phone.. Which is suicidal bringing a mediatek high end to the west.

10. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Maybe and just maybe they are going for a lower price point with this? Although knowing HTC it will be overpriced but still, i hope they surprise us.

5. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

It will be a Hero device if they manage to get a good (back) camera in there, with IOS.....Ohw and shrink the damn bezels!

8. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

CEO of HTC didn't publicly promised October launch for that hero product just a few months ago? She have 2 months top to do that, otherwise she would put herself in shame further. I doubt Helio X20 would be ready at the date, it have to be already in production. Mediatek's roadmap shows late Q4 for the chipset, so first handsets would not be out before Q1 16. If it can be launched at the promised date, Helio X20 could work for them a while if they doesn't screw at other areas like design, camera, price etc. again. If it scheduled to Q1 16, most probably it will be a fail because of the chip.

9. Kubook

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 09, 2015

bye bye

11. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Obviously this isn't the m9's replacement but just another variant for the sake of saving up the company's disastrous quarterly losses

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Wow, Just Amazed if this is true, Wow, HTC could not make, IMHO, a worse mistake. They need to get QC to compensate them for the 810 disaster and have access to early production runs of the 820 for testing and development ( But I guess that is going to the arch rival Samsung to get those early SoC). I don't feel like this will save them. A flagship model with a flagship price has to have flagship components. Anyway I wish them the best.

15. wesley.

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The Mediatek Helio X20 is a great chipset. Qualcomm has lost the plot. I'd buy this phone, as long as the camera really is groundbreaking.

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