HTC had itself a hit with the One A9 smartphone, the premium midrange handset that Taiwanese phone maker released last year. Combining sound design aesthetics, excellent production, and better than average battery offering, the HTC One A9 generally impressed, and the fact that it was one of the first devices to be powered by Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow certainly did not hurt. Now, HTC is introducing a follow up called the One A9s, and it promises to deliver some of the best attributes of the One A9, albeit at a much affordable price.
HTC’s One A9s features a 5 inch super LCD screen (featuring Gorilla Glass) with a resolution of 720 by 1,280 pixels and a density of 294 pixels per inch. This is paired by a 13 megapixel main camera on the rear side (f/2.2 aperture, with auto focus) and a 5 megapixel selfie camera on the front side (f/2.8 aperture, with fixed focus).
Framed inside the One A9s’ metallic exteriors is a 64 bit eight core MediaTek Helio P10 chip set, supported with either 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 16 gigabytes of built in memory, or 3 gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of onboard storage, which can expanded by way of a micro SD card to up to 2 terabytes. The device also comes with a fingerprint scanner, a 2,300 mAh battery, and powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense.
Although the One A9s almost sports a completely identical metallic look compared to the One A9, it does have some differences, especially in how the earpiece is made shorter, the proximity sensor is now in the middle section, and the removal of the HTC branding logo. Also, it may not be noticeable but the One A9s’ 720 p Super LCD screen is not an improvement over the One A9’s 1,080 p AMOLED display screen. The 13 megapixel camera has from the f/2.0 aperture on the One A9 to a slower f/2.2 aperture on the One A9s. As for hardcore tech enthusiasts, know that the Snapdragon 617 chip set on the One A9 has been replaced with a Helio P10 on the One A9s, although the Helio P10 is far from being a slouch.
So far, there is no word yet on availability, but the price is reportedly around $335 (no contract). For comparison, the One A9 had a starting price of $400. To compare the One A9s to other HTC devices, you can start exploring phones and plans from HTC further at Wirefly now.
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