We’ve learned from reports back in June that HTC was cooking up a new “Hero” phone (said to be known internally as “Aero”). Later, the device was said to be called the One A9. The device was mentioned by HTC CEO, Cher Wang, when she promised investors that the device would regain ground lost to the likes of other flagships. Initially, many assumed that the device would be a high-end smartphone, but recent reports suggest that it is more a mid-range offering. In the past weeks, we’ve seen alleged leaked images of the device. Now, photos that allegedly show a dummy unit of the device has surfaced online.
Alleged HTC One A9 dummy unit
The photos above that allegedly show the dummy unit of the HTC One A9 were leaked by @OnLeaks, a Twitter account known for leaking accurate information on yet to be announced devices. The photos show the device from many angles, giving us a better idea on what the device will look like when unveiled.
So what have we learned about the device? Initial reports claimed that the HTC One A9 would rock a MediaTek MT6797 deca-core processor, which suggested that the device would be a high-end device. Serial leakster Evan Blass (known on Twitter as @evleaks), however, claims that the device will sport mid-range specs.
According to Blass and recent reports, the HTC One A9 will sport a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). This works out to a pixel density of 441 ppi. Under the hood is said to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 64-bit octa-core processor with an Adreno 405 GPU, coupled with 2 GB of RAM. It is said to offer 16 GB of internal storage. If more storage space is needed, a microSD card slot is on board. Its camera combo consists of a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and a 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera for snapping selfies and video chat. Previous leaked photos show that the device will sport a home button with a fingerprint scanner on board. To keep the lights on, the device is said to come with a 2,150 mAh battery. It is said to be 7 mm-thick. It is said to run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box. The unannounced smartphone is said to be clad in metal and will be available in six colour options.
So when will we get to see the HTC One A9 make its official debut? HTC will be hosting a press event on the 20th of October, where the device is expected to make its first appearance. The Taiwanese phone maker is said to be planning to launch the device in November.
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