The HTC premium mid-range One A9 smartphone was so popular based on its appearance as well as reliable battery time that HTC has decided to release a follow up model, dubbed the A9s.
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The new model which costs slightly less looks almost exactly like its predecessor as it has the same metallic design and fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone with the only visible difference in length of the earpiece which is shorter in the new model, the proximity sensor is in the middle and there is no HTC logo.
The 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display has been replaced with a 720p Super LCD which should come with an accompanying price decrease. The camera has also been downgraded. The 13 MP rear camera no longer supports f/2.0 but comes with the f/2 and has poor optical stabilization.
Although the camera still has RAW support the front camera for the A9s is a plain 5-megapixel imager compared to the UltraPixel front camera of the A9. The phone is powered by MediaTek's octa-core Helio P10 (8x Cortex-A53) rather than the Snapdragon 617 used in the predecessor.
The A9s comes with Cat 6 LTE and NFC but doesn’t have 802.11ac WiFi. The RAM and storage depend on from where you purchase the phone but is available in 2GB RAM, 16 GB storage and 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variants.
The internal storage can be increased with the use of a micro SD card. The battery with the A9s is 2,300mAh but the phone doesn’t support fast charging. HTC has kept the micro-USB port instead of the new USB-C port we hoped it would use but this decision will have little effect on HTC’s target market for this phone.
We haven’t received any concrete information on the pricing of the A9s other than that it will be "will be very competitively priced at the mid-tier”. If the pricing falls in line with consumer expectations than the A9s will surely bump HTC’s sales for this year.