HTC to unveil One A9 on October 20 – to run Marshmallow out of the box?
HTC recently lifted the lid on two new smartphones – the Taiwanese- and Japanese-exclusive HTC Butterfly 3 and an upgraded version of the HTC One M9 Plus, the HTC One M9 Plus Aurora Edition. The two were unveiled on the 29th of September, which was expected to be the day the rumoured One A9 would make its official debut, but was MIA at the event. HTC has now sent invitations for an event on the 20th of October (you can watch the event here: www.htc.com/launch), which is believed to be the day we see the One A9 in the flesh.
Marshmallow-powered HTC One A9
The invite HTC sent reads, “Meet the new Marshmallow from HTC on 10/20.” So it’s a dead cert that the upcoming device will run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
Although the invite doesn’t reveal what device will be unveiled at the event, we’re expecting that the device will be the HTC One A9, since it has been the subject of recent leaks. Additionally, there’s no other HTC-made device rumoured to make its official debut this year.
Past leaked have revealed that the HTC One A9 will sport a 5-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). This means that the screen will have a pixel density of 441 ppi. A fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button is said to be on board. Its camera combo consists of a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and the infamous 4-megapixel Ultrapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video chat. It is said to come with 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for additional storage options. It is also expected to sport a Under the hood is expected to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with an Adreno 405 GPU, coupled with 2 GB of RAM. To keep the lights on, it is said to feature a 2,150 mAh battery, and is said to be 7 mm-thick. It is expected to be available in six colour options, and is rumoured to be launched in November.
Initial reports claimed that the HTC One A9 would be a high-end device, but these leaked specs reveal that it is more a mid-range smartphone.
If you want to know more about HTC’s upcoming high-end devices, you’ll have to wait for the first quarter of 2016, as HTC is said to be planning to launch the rumoured HTC O2. That device is reportedly a 6-inch phablet with a Snapdragon 820 SoC under the hood.
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