Could we be seeing an HTC One A9 for Windows soon? A9w Tenaa visit suggests so
Yesterday’s fairly outlandish rumors concerning yet another 5-inch or so One-series device coming with M9-dwarfing specs before long and a confusing X9 moniker were quickly refuted by two reputable Twitter tipsters, but that doesn’t mean the HTC smartphone avalanche is drawing to an end.
In a doomed quest to stop its free fall towards irrelevance, the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer continues to throw everything it has against the wall, hoping something will eventually stick. But if the overpriced, iPhone-mimicking, Android-powered One A9 can’t garner a decent audience, what gives HTC the ludicrous idea a Windows edition could ever succeed?
Your guess is as good as ours, though the HTC One A9 for Windows, aka A9w, isn’t exactly a 100 percent confirmed product. So far, it’s been spotted seeking (and receiving) regulatory approval from Tenaa, i.e. the Chinese FCC counterpart, and there’s a specific mention of pre-loaded Android 6.0 Marshmallow software.
But that might be a typo, as we doubt the “w” suffix is a coincidence, and every little feature listed at Tenaa Xeroxes the international A9’s specs. You have your 5-inch AMOLED Full HD screen, octa-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 chip, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 13 and 4MP cameras, and even the exact same 145.8 x 70.8 x 7.2mm measurements, with a weight of 143 grams.
Device images suggest there’s also a fingerprint scanner disguised as a physical home button in tow, and we see no trace of Boomsound stereo speakers. Hence, if the A9w differs from the standard A9, it must be the OS.
Remember the One M8 for Windows? This could act like a long overdue sequel of sorts with Windows 10 Mobile and a striking iPhone resemblance.