HTC One S9 Mid-Range Smartphone Brings 2GHz Helio X10 SoC And 5-inch 1080p Display

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We were pleasantly surprised by HTC’s latest entry into the flagship Android smartphone market: the HTC 10. That smartphone packs a Snapdragon 820 processor, 5.2-inch QHD display, and a chiseled exterior design. Now the Taiwanese device maker is turning its attention to the mid-range market with the new HTC One S9.

The One S9 won’t blow your socks off with jaw-dropping specs given its place in HTC’s smartphone lineup, so you’ll find a 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 SoC powering the device, which is paired with just 2GB of RAM. While the HTC 10 features 32GB of onboard storage, the One S9 features just half that — however, you at least get a microSD slot so that you can expand your storage (you see that, Apple!?).

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Other features include a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization, 4MP Ultra Pixel front-facing camera, BoomSound speakers, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a 2840mAh battery. You won’t, however, find a fingerprint scanner on the One S9. And you won’t find any “cheap” plastic here; the One S9 features a curved unibody metal body.

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For now, the HTC One S9 appears to be a Europe-only affair, as it first showed up via HTC’s German website. The price is listed at €499, which is about $564. There’s no word on U.S. availably at this point, although we’d think that a price tag in the mid $500 range may be hard to swallow given that you can get a bloat-free experience (i.e. no HTC Sense UI) from Google for $300 in the form of the Nexus 5X. If you prefer a metal body, you could always pony up a few more bucks and get a Nexus 6P for $449.