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HTC's One A9S has mediocre specs in a metal body

HTC's One A9S has mediocre specs in a metal body

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As rumored, HTC has announced a new version of the One A9, its iPhone-aping midrange smartphone from last year. The One A9S is a lower end affair: it has a 5-inch 720p LCD, a MediaTek Helio P10 processor, 2 or 3GB of RAM, and a 2300mAh battery. The rear-facing camera is no longer centered, making the A9S look even more like the iPhone 6. On the plus side, there's no longer an HTC logo above the fingerprint sensor-housing home button.

Citing the phone's "nature-inspired, dual-finish metal body," HTC says that the One A9S is "created to inspire a new generation of phones that offers impeccable precision craftsmanship and quality at remarkably affordable value." Unfortunately, the company hasn't released any pricing information for the A9S yet beyond saying it'll be cheaper than the $499.99 A9, so it's hard to assess that value — and the phone's unimpressive spec sheet means it's likely to face stiff competition.

HTC is yet to set a release date for the One A9S, but it will be available in the US and other global markets.