It appears HTC has introduced yet another smartphone into the One lineup. Dubbed as the One S9, this new device seems to have design elements of the One M9 and A9, and it has a pretty eye-opening price tag as well despite its rather mid-range specifications.
Just like the One A9, the One S9 is a 5-inch Android smartphone with a 1080p display, although it has a Super LCD panel instead of an AMOLED one. Under the hood of the S9 are a MediaTek Helio X10 processor (which we quite liked in our review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage – thankfully, it can be expanded with a microSD card up to 2TB – as well as a modest 2,840mAh battery.
In the camera department, the One S9 is equipped with a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation and a 4MP front-facing shooter. These cameras are very similar to the ones found on the One A9, but oddly enough, the S9 does not have a fingerprint sensor like the former.
Based on the HTC One S9’s specifications, it should have a sub-RM2,000 price tag at most. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case: the One S9 has a whopping 499 euro price tag; that’s about RM2,210, and we’re talking about a mid-range smartphone here. Regardless, the One S9 has only been launched in Europe; it remains to be seen if it will be launched anywhere outside of the region. If that does happen, it will be interesting to see how much HTC will price the S9 in other markets.