HTC has just made official the previously leaked follow-up to last year’s “iPhone-esque” One A9: the One A9s complete with even more mid-range (or mediocre?) specs that should bring the price down and hopefully usher in a bigger audience for the struggling company.
Hit us up after the break for all the details.
Starting out with the basic specs we have a 5-inch 720p LCD display, which is a big step down from the 1080p resolution of last year’s A9, but will certainly help with battery life. Below the display there is a capacitive fingerprint sensor that HTC says will instantly recognize your fingerprint from any angle or position. Also it’s worth noting that the HTC logo is now completely gone from the front of the phone which gives it a nicer and cleaner appearance.
On the back of the phone we have a 13-megapixel camera sporting a slower f/2.2 aperture (the A9 had an f/2.0) and does not have optical image stabilization. The software side of the camera still gives plenty of features, however, with RAW support and manual focus and shutter speed control. The front-facing camera is a 5-megapixel shooter at f/2.8.
Inside the A9s there is either 16GB of storage with 2GB of RAM, or 32GB of storage paired with 3GB of RAM. Extra storage can be added with a microSD card up to 2TB, which is always nice to see. The battery is a slight upgrade from last year and is now at 2,300mAh which should definitely be enough juice to get you through a busy day especially when paired with the lower resolution display and any HTC software optimizations. The processor is now a MediaTek Helio P10 which is an octa-core 64 bit processor and only time will tell how this fares compared to last year’s Snapdragon 617. Also present is a micro-USB port rather than the new standard of USB Type-C. however given the market this phone seems geared towards it’s not that big of a deal. The One A9s comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and currently there is no word on if or when it will receive the Nougat update.
Official pricing and release date is still unknown, but hopefully HTC will bring the price down enough to entice enough buyers. Given the very low sales figures of HTC’s recent flagship phones, such at the HTC 10, perhaps dipping more into the mid-tier market can help the Taiwanese company turns their profits around.
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