It’s becoming increasingly difficult for manufacturers to design and develop any type of new product without it somehow managing to make it into the public domain prior to an official unveiling. Granted, so-called “leaks” are occasionally instigated by the company itself to drum up pre-release interest in the hardware, but more often than not the information that makes it out before it’s meant to is down to an insider. The latest smartphone leak that we are now privy to focuses on the HTC One A9, and gives us our clearest look at the hardware to date.
This isn’t the first time that HTC’s One A9 has come into our line of vision. Previous speculation pertaining to the smartphone has already shown that HTC refers to the product internally as “Aero”, and that it should make its way onto physical and online shelves this coming fall. The latest set of images, shared by Evan Blass via the @evleaks Twitter account, show the six color variants that the HTC One A9 will be available in, as well as the front and rear of each color option. As for the design and visuals of the handset, let’s just say it has a striking resemblance to a certain popular smartphone from a Cupertino-based company.
The leaked marketing material confirms that interested consumers will be able to purchase the One A9 in Acid Gold, Opal Silver, Deep Garnet, Carbon Grey, Rose Gold and Cast Iron colors. As for the specification of the hardware, well that has already been leaked a week or so ago. Once again, via his Twitter account, Blass suggested that the One A9 would ship with a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display. The hardware will supposedly ship with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with the option to expand via microSD and a biometric fingerprint reader for authentication purposes. It will also feature 16MP rear camera and 4UP front camera. That tweet also suggested that the device would ship in six colors, which has now been confirmed via this latest leak.
HTC has been going through a period of transition recently. Cher Wang, who took over the reigns at HTC from the departing Peter Chou in March, immediately promised that the Taiwanese company would look to try and revive flagging smartphone sales with a new flagship handset. HTC is known for producing solid, reliable and powerful hardware, but unfortunately the company is also known for struggling financially in an extremely competitive and saturated market.
Will an iPhone lookalike smartphone help HTC like it helped Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and some other companies? Only time will tell.