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HTC’s One S9 lets us know that “One’s” not dead!

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The HTC 10 is proving to be a saving grace for HTC, but it seems that the Taiwanese OEM is not slowing down. HTC is going to be launching a new midranged handset that marks the return of the “One” title that we’ve all grown to love: The One S9. What’s more interesting than the One, is the S. The S title in phones have really been synonymous with being more premium, but not in this case.

Though constructed out of metal, it’ll have a 5 inch, Full HD display (1920 X 1080), a Mediatek Helio X10, octacore SoC (That’s 8 ARM Cortex A-53 cores at up to 2.2 GHz) with 2 gigabytes of RAM, 16 gigabytes of on board storage, a 2840 MaH battery and, YES! the front facing Boom Sound speakers. What betrays its midranged specs is its 13 megapixel, optically stablized camera. This may be a case of a phone having generally lower tier specs, but one standout, premium feature. Though this concept isn’t all unfamiliar, it’s definitely a departure from what we typically see from HTC. Maybe HTC is targeting the market of shutter bugs who don’t really need anything more than a decent camera. That seems to be the case looking at the specs; and let’s hope so, because the mix-matched specs are pretty unsettling: premium build, but low powered SoC, premium camera, but only 2 gigabytes of RAM, front facing Boom Sound speakers but only 16 gigabytes of storage.

This is a midranged device, but it’s rather different than the A9, which is good thing. Maybe there’s more of a market for phones with one premuim feature. If so, then the “S” series could very well be a feather in the cap of HTC, and a breath of new life for the “One” series.

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