Although IFA 2016 officially kicks off tomorrow, many manufacturers take the moment and announce their new gadgets shortly before the electronic fair’s opening. HTC is no exception here, as today the company took the wraps off of its new smartphone. Last year we witnessed the HTC One A9’ premiere, now the previously all-new device receives its predecessor. Dressed in a metal body the One A9s hits the market as an affordable flagship offering.
HTC announced its new affordable flagship for masses. The HTC One A9s features an attractively looking metal body and several minor hardware upgrades over the One A9.
For starter, despite sporting a quite similar design to the HTC One A9, the One A9s comes with several quite significant design tweaks. The rear camera sensor has been located in the corner of the phone’s body, and there’s in no HTC trademark set on the front above the hidden in a home button fingerprint reader found in its predecessor.
Moving on to the hardware department, the iPhone-inspired body shell of the One A9s houses specs that may be considered a step back in comparison to the last year’s model. The 5-inch screen panel has been of weaker only 720p resolution, instead of the 1080p one featured by the One A9. Likewise, the 13MP primary camera with an F/2.2 aperture has been deprived of OIS. In addition, when compared to the A9, the A9s is considerably bigger, thicker and heavier, as it measures 146.49 x 71.5 x 7.99 mm and weights 149.8 g.
Except for some serious drawbacks, the A9s has been also equipped with several improvements, among which we should mention a 5MP selfie-friendly front snapper which replaced the previous 4MP one. Furthermore, the phone received a bigger 2,300 mAh battery (bump from a 2,150mAh cell). Perhaps, the change isn’t particularly significant when it comes to figures, but along with the lower resolution of the device’s display the battery life should increase considerably.
As for the computing parameters, the Snapdragon 615 processor has been changed for the MediaTek Helio P10 with four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2GHz and four others clocked at 1.1GHz. It’s hard to say whether the change is a good one or not, as both processors represent similar quality. There are also some features that remain unchanged like RAM/ROM variants of the phone, as the One A9s is available just as the previous model in two versions: 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32G, both including microSD expansion.
If you’re wondering which version of Android the phone will eventually operate on, so far HTC haven’t unveiled their software choice. Even though, we can be pretty sure that the A9s won’t let us down and will debut at least with Android Marshmallow out of box. Availability and pricing details still require official announcement, but we already know that the phone will be available in three color options, namely black, silver and gold.