Technically, 2016 still looks like an “S” (or SE) year for iPhones, despite Apple’s rumored intention of branding the first iGeneration without a headphone jack as the 7 and 7 Plus for convenience purposes.
It therefore seems fitting for the HTC One A9 iPhone clone to receive its very own incremental upgrade, although the Taiwanese Android device manufacturer doesn’t want to mislead you into thinking the One A9s is more than that.
The thing is, it’s not even really that. Its “updated specs for 2016” confusingly include a lower-res 720p 5-inch LCD screen (down from a 1080p AMOLED), with a similar but non-OIS-packing 13MP rear-facing camera in tow, and a decidedly mid-range octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor replacing, well, the decidedly mid-range octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617.
The “stylish” all-metal design this time around ditches the awkward HTC logo just above the physical home button doubling as a fingerprint reader, which is nice, while the main cam moves from its previous centered back position to one side, further following the iPhone family’s suit.
The only obvious hardware improvements are a 5MP selfie shooter (up from 4), and 2,300 mAh battery (up from 2,150), with the same old, same old 2GB RAM/16GB ROM and 3/32 gig options. No specific word on pricing, though at least we know for sure the HTC One A9s will be cheaper than the original. $400 and up, perhaps?