HTC is all set to launch a sequel to last year's mid-range One A9, dubbed the One A9s. Citing a person familiar with the matter, VentureBeat states that the phone will officially launch on September 1 at IFA. A leaked render of the phone showcases design similarities with the One A9, as well as white, black, gold and silver color options.
There are subtle differences in the design of the One A9s, such as the removal of the HTC logo above the home button. The rear camera is no longer centered (making it look even more like an iPhone 6s from the back), and the front camera has moved from the right to the left of the device. As for the hardware on offer, it looks like the One A9s will retain the 13MP camera at the back, with HTC moving from the UltraPixel camera at the front to a standard 5MP shooter.
The One A9 turned out to be a decent phone, albeit with a high price tag. Even though HTC won't be sticking to the 15-day update schedule for Nougat, the phone will be one of the first outside the Nexus range to receive the update to the latest version of Android.
We'll know more about the One A9s pricing and availability later this week, but with HTC's revenues failing to take a turn for the better this year, the Taiwanese company is looking to the mid-range and high-end segments to drive growth. As such, it is likely that the upcoming mid-range phone will cost just as much — if not more — than last year's $499 retail price for the One A9.
What do you want to see in the One A9s?