HTC‘s premium mid-range One A9smartphone left android phone buyers impressed last year with superior build quality, great battery life and good value for money. The response to the smartphone was so overwhelming that HTC decided to launch a new follow-up model, namely the HTC One A9s at the IFA 2016 in Berlin, which is reportedly a cheaper version of the original HTC OneA9.
HTC One A9s vs HTC One A9:
- One A9s features a near-identical metallic design plus the same fingerprint sensor on the front, with the main aesthetic changes being the earpiece is now shorter, the proximity sensor is in the middle and the front HTC logo is gone.
- There is a significant change in the displayspecifications with the A9s featuring a 5-inch 720p Super LCD in contrast to the5-inch 1080p AMOLED display of the HTC One A9.
- The 13-megapixel main camera of theA9s here has gone from f/2.0 to a slower f/2.2 and lacks optical stabilisation, but still comes with RAW support. However, unlike the HTC One A9, the main rear camera doesn’t have a Sony sensor.
- The Ultrapixel front-camera of the A9 has changed to a normal 5-megapixel front shooter for the A9s.
- The Snapdragon 617 processor of the A9 has been replaced with MediaTek’s octa-core Helio P10 (8x Cortex-A53).
- Cat 6 LTE and NFC is still retained by the A9s but there is no 802.11ac WiFi.
- The built-in battery has been gently bumped up to 2,300mAh but there’s no fast charging feature this time as compared to the HTC One A9 which might prove to be a major minus considering the battery is not that impressive.
- A9s might be available with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage plus 2GB or 3GB of RAM.
With the HTC One A9s suffering quite the drop in terms of specification in comparison to the HTC One A9, one can only hope that the price of the smartphone will also be considerably lower and a lot more affordable. Primarily targeted at budget smartphone buyers, the price of the new phone will be close to the 10k to 12k region although no confirmed price has been reported as of yet.