HTC recently lifted the lid on two new high-end devices – the HTC Butterfly 3 (exclusive to Taiwan) and the HTC One M9 Plus Aurora Edition, which is a slightly upgraded version of the HTC One M9 Plus. The HTC One M9 Plus Aurora Edition comes with an upgraded camera. Now that HTC has solved the mystery on what it had in store for us on the 29th of September, what happened to the rumoured HTC One A9? Apparently, if leaked live photos show the real deal, we’ll be seeing the device soon.
New HTC One A9 live photos
The alleged live photos of the HTC One A9 seen above were leaked on Chinese-speaking micro-blogging site Weibo, the equivalent of Twitter in China. The photos shows the device in a number of angles. One photo shows the device booted up, running Android.
The HTC One A9 was recently listed on the AnTuTu benchmark database, revealing that it is more a mid-range device rather than a high-end smartphone.
Back in June, when HTC posted dismal earnings, HTC CEO Cher Wang was forced to promise investors that the company was cooking up a “Hero” phone that would be launched in October to make up for the rather disappointing reception of the HTC One M9. Many assumed that this was the HTC One A9, and that it would be a high-end device. Serial leakster Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter), however, revealed that the device was a mid-range smartphone rather than a high-end one.
Going back to the AnTuTu benchmark results, the HTC One A9 sports a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). This works out to a pixel density of 441 ppi. Listed under is said to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 CPU with an Adreno 405 GPU, which is puzzling since it is the Snapdragon 617 is the processor that features the said GPU. It is likely that the device will sport the later rather than the former. Other specs revealed by the benchmark include 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera ideal for selfies and video chat.
If you’re looking for a high-end device made by the Taiwanese phone maker, you may want to wait for the HTC O2, which is expected to launch next year. This smartphone sports a 6-inch screen and the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood.
The HTC One A9 is expected to make its official debut this month in a massive media event to take place in various cities across the US.
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