HTC Introduces Mid-Range One S9 Smartphone, Features 5-inch Display, Helio X10, 2GB RAM

HTC is really trying to redeem itself. With the 10 smartphone, they hope that they’ll soon be back in the smartphone game and be as lucky and successful as other manufacturers have been like Samsung or LG. However, this doesn’t mean that other handsets can’t help in that process. This may be the strategy behind the company’s latest creation, the One S9.

Now, I know what your thinking. They didn’t drop the “One” or “M” in this smartphone’s name like they did with the HTC 10. This is probably because this handset doesn’t belong in the company’s newly-named lineup the 10 is in. And that’s okay, since the 10 leads HTC’s flagship series, something the company really needs to pay attention to these days. Plus, with the specs of the One S9, you wouldn’t expect this handset to be in the company’s high-end line.

Speaking of specs, the One S9 features a 5-inch 1080p display, a Helio X10 SoC which is clocked at 2GHz paired with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and OIS (likely the same sensor on the One A9), a 4MP camera with UltraPixel technology (2μm pixels) and the same aperture as the rear shooter (again most likely the exact one found on the One A9), 16GB of expandable storage via microSD, Android Marshmallow, Boom Sound front-facing speakers, and a 2840mAh battery. Unfortunately, this phone lacks a fingerprint scanner, however it most likely won’t bee missed thanks to those dual speakers.

If you were to just see the price of the One S9, you’d never know this is a mid-range device. It’s cost is set to a hefty €499 (roughly $565). That’s a lot for a mid-ranger. Normally, this kind of pricing can be found in high-end devices, not mid-range. It’s unclear why it’s priced so high, however it may be worth it in the end.