The HTC One A9 was released late last year as HTC's response to the mid-range market becoming more competitive. Unlike HTC's usual mid-range offerings in the Desire lineup, the HTC One A9 is wrapped in a metal unibody shell and in addition, it does away with the BoomSound dual stereo speaker setup altogether. Now, the reason why this particular device is making it in the headlines one year after it was announced is because HTC has prepared an interesting deal for prospective customers in the US, who can now shave $200 off the smartphone's full retail price.
The unlocked HTC One A9 is usually priced at $499.99 in the US, but at the time of writing the handset is available for purchase for only $299. The deal will reportedly last for a limited period of time (one week), so bargain hunters may want to hurry if they wish to take advantage of this particular offer. For anyone who may need a reminder of what the HTC One A9 is all about, the smartphone is equipped with a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is rather unusual for HTC given the company's tendencies to utilize Super LCD display technology in most of its mobile devices. Inside the HTC One A9 beats the heart of a Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 System-on-Chip featuring four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four additional Cortex-A53 cores operating at frequencies of up to 1.2GHz, coupled with an Adreno 405 graphics chip. Although the HTC One A9 is normally available in two flavors, the variant offered at a discount in the US is the beefier one, housing 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM as opposed to 16GB of memory and 2GB of RAM. Moreover the smartphone makes use of a 13-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a dual-LED (dual tone) flash, a front-facing 4-megapixel camera, a fingerprint sensor, Dolby Audio, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 2,150mAh battery to keep everything up and running for up to 432 hours in standby.
Last, but not least, keep in mind that one of the reasons why the HTC One A9 is discounted is most likely because a sequel – dubbed the HTC One A9s – is already on the way in the coming weeks. However, the HTC One A9s appears to be a very different beast, featuring a lower resolution 720p display, and a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC.