The leaks don’t show much that we didn’t know, but we do get confirmation of a couple of important features. A fingerprint scanner is on board, and it looks like we’re getting bottom-placed speakers instead of the front or rear-facing variety.
The fingerprint scanner is sitting beneath HTC’s logo on the bottom front bezel. The USB port also seems to be exposed, and it looks like a standard microUSB port instead of the Type-C we’re beginning to see on smartphones.
Sitting on the top of the device is an infrared beam, which has become a staple feature among HTC flagships. Looking off to the side reveals volume and power buttons which both sit on the same side, the former sitting above the latter.
Flipping it to the other side shows off two different external ports — one for a SIM card, the other for a microSD card. Kudos to HTC for finding a way to include that in what appears to be a metal unibody design.
The rear is pretty straight forward itself. The lone camera lens sits to the left of a dual-tone flash. Meanwhile, HTC’s logo will be front and center, while AT&T’s logo on this particular model is a bit smaller and sitting near the bottom.
One of the things you’ll notice about the phone is that it comes off looking very iPhone-ish. It’s not that Apple owns the dual-stripe design on the rear — HTC’s done that before them, even — but there’s something about the overall curvature and look of the phone that subtly whispers “iPhone.” Nothing wrong with that, of course, but worth pointing out.
We’re not expecting the HTC One A9 to be an overall beast, but it should turn out to be a solid mid-range handset that anyone with a reduced budget would be happy to own. Here’s what we’re expecting thanks to leaks from the rumor mill:
5-inch 1080p AMOLED display
16GB internal storage with micro SD card slot
4MP (UltraPixel) front facing camera
13MP rear camera with OIS BSI sensor
Metal build ~7mm thin
6 available colors
Will it be the hero that can save HTC’s flailing (and failing, perhaps) smartphone business? Let’s hope so, because we’d hate to see a manufacturer who can build hardware that looks this good suddenly disappear.