According to Evan Blass, HTC’s oft-rumored One A9 (Aero) won’t quite be the game changer we hoped it would be—not that we weren’t warned. Either HTC has a device in addition to the Aero on the way, or the company is ready to settle for the mid-range market.
Earlier this summer, Blass noted that the Aero would be an “intermediate device” set for a November launch. Then things really got confusing. Subsequent reports from around the Internet started to build the device up as some kind of major flagship that would put HTC back on the level of Samsung and Apple. Some big specs started to get thrown around, too: 5.5-inch QuadHD display, MediaTek 10-core Helio X20 processor, 4GB of RAM and a “groundbreaking camera.”
But it sounds like whatever HTC has coming in a few months will be meant to do battle with phones like the OnePlus 2 and ZenFone 2. That’s not a bad thing, but we’ve been looking forward to HTC getting back to form following the disappointing HTC One M9.
According to Blass, the One A9 will feature a Snapdragon 617 processor, 5-inch FHD AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 13-megapixel camera (4 UltraPixel front), 2150mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, and a metal design. It’ll apparently be just 7mm thin, and come in six different colors when it launches in November. It might even come equipped with Android 6.0 out of the box.
HTC has an event planned for Sept. 29, so we’ll see pretty soon here what the company has planned. Depending on the price, the A9 doesn’t sound half bad. But it sure isn’t the powerhouse we were expecting.
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