Today at IFA 2016 HTC is announcing an updated variant of the One A9 called the One A9s. In this case, the update is designed to put the One A9 at a more attractive price point, which involves a few spec changes. The best way to describe this phone is more a relative of the One A9 rather than a pin-compatible SoC change and display change. To better understand what I mean I’ve included the usual spec table below.

HTC One A9s
SoC MediaTek Helio P10
4x Cortex A53 @ 2.0 GHz
4x Cortex A53 @ 1.1 GHz
GPU Mali T860MP2
NAND 16/32GB + microSDXC
Display 5.0" 720p LCD
Dimensions 146.49 x 71.5 x 7.99 mm, 149.8g
Camera 13MP Rear Facing with F/2.2 aperture
5MP Front Facing with F/? aperture
Battery 2300mAh (8.86Wh)
OS Android ? with HTC Sense
Cellular Connectivity 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (MediaTek Category 6 LTE)
Other Connectivity 2.4/5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n + BT 4.2, GNSS, microUSB 2.0

In addition to a new design that rearranges a whole host of component positions, the One A9s is slightly thicker, heavier, and has a slightly larger battery in return for the larger dimensions. The display is also changed to a 5” 720p LCD rather than the 1080p AMOLED panel we saw last year, and instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 we see MediaTek’s Helio P10. The front and rear cameras are also clearly different, although what impact the changes have is hard to estimate off-hand. The One A9s will be available in Aqua Silver, Cast Iron, and Sand Gold, but pricing has yet to be announced.

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  • zeeBomb - Thursday, September 1, 2016 - link

    Nope nope nope.
  • wessam_yamani - Thursday, September 1, 2016 - link

    I hope we see the review for htc 10 before this one . Cross my fingers
  • cyberfrost - Friday, September 2, 2016 - link

    720p screen and MTK processor! That's a step forward I guess. HTC can easily put this up for $500 and expect to do stellar business.
  • Jimster480 - Friday, September 2, 2016 - link

    How is that a step forward?
    Its in every way a step backwards from last years 1080p AMOLED and the 617 Snapdragon with QC3.0.
  • WPX00 - Saturday, September 3, 2016 - link

    Do you speak sarcasm?
  • SchattenGeist - Sunday, September 4, 2016 - link

    I am sure there is a target market for this device...Somewhere out there.
  • wessam_yamani - Monday, September 5, 2016 - link

    Please Mr Joshua Ho , tell us when you will post htc10 review
    Thanks for your endless efforts.
  • Wulfgrim - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    Cool, an iphone 6 with Android

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