HTC A9 Hero

Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka @OnLeaks, has just uploaded a couple of pictures apparently showing off the upcoming HTC A9, or the HTC Aero if you prefer. The handset has leaked a couple of time already this year and could form the beginning of a new range from HTC. The phone has been rumored to be heading to Sprint this November too.

The leak shows off the front and the back of the handset, alongside Apple’s latest flagship. While the A9’s design is not that different from HTC’s long running One range, the move over towards a flat back certainly leaves the handset bearing greater resemblance to Apple’s iPhone 6. I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the gold look either.

As part of the company’s efforts to improve its dwindling revenue this year, CEO Cher Wang has already announced that HTC will be releasing a new “hero” device this October, which could be the A9. However, the company has not been giving away any further details about the handset.

Fortunately, rumors have already alluded to some potential hardware specifications. The A9 may be one of the first smartphones to features MediaTek’s high end deca-core Helio X20 SoC, along with a 5.2-inch QHD resolution display, 4GB of RAM and a large 3,500mAh battery. The phone is also rumored to come with 2.5D glass and a full metal body design, just like in the picture. If true, the A9 would certainly make it into the high-end category, but we will have to wait and see about the price.

As with all leaks and rumors, we’ll have to take these pictures with a pinch of salt. Still, what do you think about this potential design for the HTC A9?

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