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HTC One A9S is a metallic mid-ranger

IFA 2016: HTC has officially announced the One A9S, an Android smartphone that houses mid-range specs within a metal body akin to that of an iPhone 6.

HTC says the One A9S is designed to offer ‘impeccable precision craftsmanship and quality at remarkably affordable value’, although without an official price to go on we have no idea how much cheaper than the One A9 it will actually be.

At least HTC was kind enough to release the specs so we know the One A9S will come with a five-inch 720p LCD (no full HD here, folks), an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, five-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel rear-facing one. No 4K video capture, sadly.

Battery capacity is 2,300mAh, while software comes in the form of HTC’s Freestyle Layout, which lets you arrange the display with icons without the traditional grid system, and Android with HTC Sense as seen on the One A9. A fingerprint scanner is also included.

Total storage is either 16GB or 32GB and can be expanded up to 2TB with the microSD expansion slot. In terms of dimensions, the One A9S measures 146.49mm by 71.5mm by 7.99mm and weighs 149.8g.

As we said, there is no price to mull over – or even a release date for any territory – but it seems the drop to a 720p display could be a clue as to a more aggressive pricing strategy. That or the Taiwenese firm wants bigger profit margins on each phone.

HTC’s Chialin Chang said: “With the HTC One A9s, we were inspired to bring a great looking, finely crafted metal phone to a broader consumer segment.”

“The One A9s delivers immense value by combining refinement and reliability, beautiful metal design, and powerful features, all in a unique and personal package inspired by nature and created for life,” he added.

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