Now that Apple has lifted the lid on its new iPhones, all eyes are on HTC, as its “Hero” phone, rumoured to be the HTC One A9, is expected to be officially announced on the 29th of September. Initially, we were expecting the rumoured device to be a high-end smartphone, but, if a new tweet is to be believed, it will be a mid-range handset.
The tweet comes from serial leakster Evan Blass, who is popularly known as @evleaks on Twitter.
Here’s his tweet:
HTC One A9 (Hima Aero): SD617, 5" FHD AMOLED, 2GB/16GB, 13MP/4UP OIS BSI, 2150mAh, microSD, fingerprint, metal, ~7mm, 6 colors. November.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 15, 2015
According to Blass, the HTC One A9 will sport a 5-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This means that the screen will have a pixel density of 441 ppi. Under the hood is said to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor that comes with an Adreno 405 GPU to handle graphics. Blass adds that the device will have 2 GB of RAM. The HTC One A9 is also said to have 16 GB of internal storage, with the option to add more storage space thanks to a microSD card slot. Its camera combo consists of a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and a 4-megapixel Ultrapixel front-facing camera to take care of snapping selfies and video chats. To keep everything going, the device will come with a 2,150 mAh battery. The handset is said to be clad in metal and have a fingerprint scanner. It is said to be around 7 mm-thin and be available in six colour options.
From what we’re reading here, despite the metal housing, it looks like the HTC One A9 will be a mid-range device rather than a high-end one.
So when will we get to get our hands on the HTC One A9? According to Blass, HTC will launch the mid-range smartphone sometime in November.
When Cher Wang, HTC CEO, promised investors that a “Hero” phone was coming, we were expecting a high-end device that would rival devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the LG G4. It seems, however, that the HTC One A9, if Blass is to be believed, will be a mid-range offering. We’re not exactly sure how a mid-range smartphone will help the ailing Taiwanese phone maker to get out of it’s troubles. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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