Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about the rumoured HTC One A9, which is known internally as “Aero.” The device is believed to be the “Hero” phone, HTC CEO Cher Wang promised investors. We know that the device will be Android-powered, but haven’t really come across leaks that confirm the version of Android the device will be running out of the box. According to a renowned HTC insider and ROM developer, the device will run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), Google’s upcoming version of Android out of the box.
HTC One A9 powered by Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)?
The new rumour comes to us courtesy of @LlabTooFeR who is renowned for having insider information on anything HTC-related. He tweeted that HTC will launch the HTC One A9 in either October or November, and that the device will run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box. If true, this would mean that HTC’s Hero phone will be one of the first non-Nexus devices to run the latest version of Google’s operating system out of the box.
So when will we get to see the HTC One A9 make its official debut? HTC has sent invites to a press event that kicks off on the 29th of September. Coincidentally, Google has scheduled its own press event on the same day, where it is expected to lift the lid on two new Nexus devices (LG Nexus 5X smartphone and Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) phablet). The two are expected to be the first devices to run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). Whether or not this was a coincidence or planned, remains to be seen. The good news is, we won’t have to wait very long to find out since the 29th of September is just around the corner.
As for specs, we’ve learned from previous reports that the HTC One A9 will come with a screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). We still haven’t come decent leaks regarding the device’s camera combo, but all agree that the device’s camera will support RAW photos. Under the hood will be MediaTek’s MT6797 deca-core (10 cores) processor, coupled with 4 GB of RAM.
It’s no secret that HTC is in trouble, after posting record-low earnings after another. With the HTC One A9 potentially being one of the first non-Nexus devices to launch running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), this could be what the Taiwanese phone maker needs to get back in the game. However, since times are tough for HTC, this could be a “make it or break it” situation for the company.
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