Rumor: HTC aims for the mid-range with One A9 handset

Prolific gadget leaker Evan Blass claims to have the skinny on HTC's upcoming One A9 smartphone, also known as Aero. The new handset is reportedly a mid-range device with some high-end qualities. If the price is reasonable, that might not be a bad thing. A Moto G-like success would certainly help the ailing handset maker.

Despite the midrange billing, the new handset reportedly comes with a metal body, something usually reserved for higher-end offerings. The display looks to be a 5" 1080p AMOLED unit, yielding an approximate resolution of 441 PPI. Two gigabytes of RAM should be inside, though the SoC itself remains unknown. If we had to hedge our bets, though, we'd point at one of Qualcomm's recent midrange offerings. 16GB of flash plus a microSD slot cover onboard storage.

Blass claims the main camera is a 13MP snapper with image stabilization, while the front-facing Narcissism Publisher is a 4UP shooter (UP standing for "ultrapixels," HTC's brand for big photosites). A fingerprint scanner and a 2,150 mAh battery round out the tech specs, and the headset is claimed to be a mere 7 mm thick.

The One A9 will purportedly be available in November, in six color finishes (bear with me here): acid gold, opal silver, deep garnet, carbon gray, rose gold, and cast iron.

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