It would appear HTC is not done with the "One" branding. The company has just announced the One S9, a device that appears to slot into the same not-quite-flagship space as the A9. In fact, it looks like a cross between the M9 and the A9. This device comes with a MediaTek SoC and just 16GB of on-board storage, so it's not exactly competition for the HTC 10. You probably won't be able to buy it where you live anyway.
The One S9 has only been announced for Germany so far, so the product page is understandably in German. Here are the basic specs.
- SoC: MediaTek Helio X10
- Display: 5.0 inch Full HD 1080p super LCD
- RAM 2GB
- Storage: 16GB with microSD card slot
- Main Camera: 13 MP, autofocus, BSI sensor, OIS
- Battery: 2840mAh
- Measurements: 144.6 × 69.7 × 10.09mm, 158g
- LTE bands: FDD networks 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28 -- TDD networks 38, 40, 41
- Software: Android 6.0
How much would you expect to pay for such a device? I remind you this is HTC. Give up? It's €499, or about $560 when converted to freedom bucks. That's not exactly a friendly price, but the S9 does have front-facing stereo speakers and an all aluminum design. This phone actually reminds me a lot of the M9 with the square camera module and the cramped buttons on the right edge. It feels like something that should have come out last year.
There's no sign of the S9 in other markets yet, but I wouldn't expect it to be a wide release. HTC is pushing the 10 as aggressively as it can.
- HTC (German)