HTC has just announced the second-generation of its iPhone clone powered by Google’s Android operating system and it’s not what you are expecting from a next-gen One A9 smartphone. It has some upgrades here and there, but overall it is a let down from our point of view.
The One A9s feature the same-size 5″ display but, its not AMOLED anymore and it doesn’t have Full HD screen resolution either, instead it comes with an Super LCD panel with 720p screen resolution. The CPU has changed too. One A9s packs MediaTek’s octa-core Helio P10, replacing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 from last year, however, it still has 16 or 32GB of ROM (Internal storage) and 2 or 3GB of RAM (optional), which could perform slightly better than the One A9 from 2015. I guess, we will have to test that to draw conclusions on its performances.
Design-wise, the One A9s has its camera on the back moved to the left, while at the front the hTC logo is gone on the second generation One A9 or, should we call it the “iPhone clone”?
The battery capacity is slightly larger on the A9s at 2,300 mAh. The phone itself is now thicker measuring 8mm and weighs in at 162 grams.
HTC says the One A9s will hit the european shelves in Q4 2016, but without mentioning its price tag.