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Formally announced earlier this year, the new HTC 10 is better than its predecessors in almost every way. Curiously, HTC decided to drop the “One” and the “M” part of the name altogether for the new generation and we thought that was the end of that. And we thought wrong, because completely out of left field, here is the “new” HTC One S9. Does the S stand for Super?

Apparently targeting the European market, the HTC One S9 borrows a lot of its DNA from last year’s One M9. In place of the chamfered edges on the HTC 10, this phone gets the same metallic rounded back as before. Instead of a fingerprint sensor, we return to the BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers, though the mesh grill has been replaced skinny slits. The new 12MP UltraPixel camera has been swapped for the older 13MP OIS shooter, though you get Pro Mode to save images in RAW format.

The raw specs take a couple steps down from the flagship tier too. Moving away from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, the HTC One S9 is powered by a less expensive MediaTek Helio X10, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Rounding out the specs are Android 6.0 with HTC Sense, a 2840 mAh battery, UltraPixel selfie camera, and a 5.0-inch super LCD.

To be available next month in gold, silver-gold, and grey-black, the HTC One S9 is being listed at 499 Euro (about $560 US) for the German market. That’s a little high for a lower-end version of what we already had last year, don’t you think?

HTC One S9 Takes One Step Back from HTC 10

HTC One S9 Takes One Step Back from HTC 10


Via HTC Germany

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