The HTC One A9s was leaked by Evan Blass a few days ago, who unveiled the first render of the device. This is the successor to the One A9 and HTC has announced it at IFA, the annual consumer electronics show that takes place in Berlin, but this is not an improved version and its design is very similar to the iPhone.
In 2013, HTC has released the One M7 with a curved metal body and two horizontal lines on its back, while Apple brought the iPhone 5s, also with an aluminum construction, but with a flat back and two glass sections, situated at the top and bottom. So, we can’t say that HTC has copied iPhone’s design, but over the past years, the One line and the iPhone started resembling. And the latest A9s model really looks like an iPhone, because the rear camera and LED flash were moved to the top left, above the line, and the HTC logo was removed from the front. The only difference is the dual-finish metal sides which create an effect of light reflection.
Regarding its specs, the A9s is much weaker than the A9, as the 5-inch screen has a lower resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, the 13MP rear camera lacks OIS and has an aperture of F2.2 (down to F/2.0), the front camera has now a resolution of 5MP (upgraded from 5MP) and apparently, the battery is slightly bigger, being increased from 2150mAh to 2300mAh. The Snapdragon 617 octa core processor (x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53) has been replaced with a MediaTek Helio P10 octa core processor (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53), but the two RAM/storage options are still available for 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB.
The One A9s is also taller, wider, heavier and heavier, measuring 146.49 x 71.5 x 7.99mm and weighting approximately 150 grams, and the available color options will be Aqua Silver, Cast Iron, and Metal Gold.