HTC One A9s The Affordable HTC Smartphone We Are Waiting For

HTC One A9s Looks Stunning But Can it Beat Competition?

HTC One A9 was launched last year with loud bells and whistles globally, as a premium smartphone, but after initial hype died so did the HTC One A9.  Majorly due to mediocre specs and exorbitant price tag.

At IFA (Berlin, Germany) HTC has brought the Phoenix back in a new incarnation known as the HTC One A9s.

There are no sweeping changes to the design and style, and we don’t need any as the A9 had a gorgeous design (imitative of gorgeous iPhone 6s). Despite lacking originality I wrote an ode in praise of HTC back then for at least copying the right thing. Read More about the older HTC One A9.


Display and Performance

HTC One A9s as the name suggests should have some of the missing essentials and should look like an upgrade, but it is not, trust me.

The phone features a 5 inch HD LCD display, which is a disgrace as the older One A9 sported a much better Full HD AMOLED display.

Last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset is now replaced with a similar, MediaTek Helio P10 chipset which is found in Meizu M3 Note.

Storage and Ram

The phone has 2 variants, the lower variant sports 2 GB of ram and 16 GB of internal storage. While the other variant gets more generous 3 GB of ram and 32 GB of internal storage. Being an HTC device both the phones have storage expansion option upto 2 TB (try searching for a 2 TB card or even a 512 GB, you will have a mini heart attack after reading price tag).

Battery Life and Camera

The HTC One A9s has also got a terrible boost in the battery capacity. The phone runs on 2300 mAh battery compared to last year’s 2150mAh. Adding insult to the injury A9s also misses out on quick charging 3.0 which was present in the previous offering. It is now replaced with the more customary 5V, 1.5A charging.

The phone features a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, BSI sensor and a LED flash and HTC has removed the OIS from the phone. The front acquires a 5 Mp camera compared to the 4Mp Ultrapixel front shooter found in A9. It comes with various modes along with Beauty mode for perfect selfies. Both the cameras can record up to 1080p videos.

OS and Other Details

HTC one A9s comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 along with minimal bloating which is something we admired on the HTC 10.

The phone is available in 3 color options Black, Gold, Silver. The mild increase in battery capacity has made it gain thickness and weight (146.49×71.5×7.99mm, 150 g). The smartphone will be available in October. Yet there is no news about the price of HTC One A9s. (we pray it should be affordable).

HTC One A9s The Affordable HTC Smartphone We Are Waiting For

What’s Bad?

The HTC One A9s sounds more like a downgrade with lower display resolution (from AMOLED to LCD), a rear camera without the OIS and front being a normal 5 MP selfie clicker.  HTC wanted to make it less premium and affordable since strategy of using a mid range processor and everything premium with an eye watering price tag didn’t click last time.

What’s Good?

On the positive side this could be more affordable smartphone than the last years HTC One A9 and the pricing this year will ensure if fans applaud HTC in these changing times. It is hard for Android premium sellers like HTC and Sony to command a premium without innovating and bringing something unique to buyers.

But Will HTC take lesson from the last year, a dwindling market share in India, unsuccessful exorbitantly priced products, will they have courage to give up obnoxious egotist stand and come to terms with changed times, only time will tell.  

TECH specifications Compared – HTC A9s compared to Older HTC One A9:
HTC One A9sOlder HTC One A9
5 inch HD LCD display5-inch FHD AMOLED display
MediaTek Helio P10 chipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset
2Gb ram, 16Gb storage

3Gb ram, 32Gb storage

2Gb ram, 16Gb storage

3Gb ram, 32Gb storage

13Mp rear camera, 5Mp front camera13Mp rear camera OIS, 4 UP front camera
2300mAh battery2150mAh battery
Android Marshmallow 6.0.1Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
Fingerprint sensor- YESFingerprint sensor- YES
Fast charging- NOFast charging- YES


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