Taiwanese tech gaint launches new One S9 smartphone

The new device joins the M9, A9, E9, X9 with a plus here and there, in the ranks of HTC devices carrying the One moniker.

HTC One S9

Taiwanese tech giant, HTC, has gone and launched a phone that no one was expecting. Just weeks after it launched the flagship HTC 10 phone, it has announced a new one, the One S9.

The new device joins the M9, A9, E9, X9 with a plus here and there, in the ranks of HTC devices carrying the One moniker.

The design of the new device is not very different from that of the M9 - all the aesthetics of the HTC 10 are completely gone. The front of the device however, is different from that of the M9 and that is where you will find the most obvious difference between the two devices - the speaker meshes have been replaced by slits.

The display though is the same 5-inch FullHD Super LCD unit, with Gorilla Glass layer on top. On the inside, there's a MediaTek X10 powering things, and a 2GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU paired with 2GB of RAM.

There is 16GB of storage, although it is expandable to 2TB although there are only 200GB cards around at the moment.

On the back is a 13MP primary camera with a f/2.0 aperture, 28mm equivalent focal length, and OIS. The front camera is an UltraPixel camera standing at 4MP, 2 μm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, 26.8mm equivalent focal length.

The battery is also the same 2840mAh in the A9 and it measures roughly the same as the M9. There is also BoomSound stereo speakers but unfortunately, no fingerprint sensor.

The HTC One S9 is listed at a $499 price in Germany but I don't think that will be very helpful for HTC when you consider that there are more equally capable, but substantially more affordable offerings.

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