The speculated event feels like a long shot, but it’s worth some consideration, especially if the One A9 doesn’t fly solo to the “Land of the Rising Sun.”
September 6 came and went without so much as a press release from HTC in connection to the oft-rumored One A9, aka Aero flagship. Clearly, we were duped into believing the iPhone 6 copycat would enjoy a low-profile Chinese debut just hours before Apple is expected to unveil the highly anticipated 6s and 6s Plus.
But it’s still possible the One M9 sequel (spin-off?) will see daylight by the end of the month in Asia. Word around town now is HTC has something planned for September 29 in the small, picturesque town of Hakone, Japan.
With an estimated population of less than 14,000, or under 0.5 percent of Berlin, that sounds like a very peculiar venue for the announcement of a global-targeted high-end Android. Then again, maybe there’s a symbolic aspect of sorts eluding us. Or perhaps Hakone is merely a piece of a far larger puzzle, with regional events set up around the world.
Whatever the case, if something shall indeed go down three weeks from Tuesday, odds are it’ll come in two. As in, two separate premium models of the same hero device, or two entirely different top-shelf handhelds.
Can you guess what else might HTC have in the pipeline? That’s right, likely another Japan-exclusive Butterfly, with a polycarbonate construction, 5.2-inch Quad HD display, octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip, 3 GB RAM, 20 MP Duo Camera around the back, and 13 megapixel selfie shooter.
The One A9, meanwhile, has been tipped to adopt a 2.5D curved glass body, covered in robust metal, with a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, 4 gigs of memory, 3,500 mAh battery, and the same sweet spot-aiming 5.2-inch 2,560 x 1,440 pix res screen.