HTC One A9s (grey)

HTC One A9s is a revised mid-range smartphone powered by a MediaTek Helio P10

HTC have announced a follow-up to last year’s HTC One A9. The new device, known this time round as the HTC One A9s, targets the same market as the 2015 handset, offering mid-range specs.

There were two standout topics of discussion around last year’s HTC One A9. Firstly, the smartphone appeared similar in design to the iPhone, and secondly, HTC promised to deliver quick updates to the device.

When the HTC One A9 was launched, the company promised to roll-out updates within 15 days of them being made available by Google. However, recently HTC went back on that commitment, saying that it was concentrating on delivering updates to more popular products instead.

HTC’s remark suggests that sales of the HTC One A9 were not as strong as the company had been hoping for, making their decision to launch a successor a little surprising.

When the HTC One A9 was announced, HTC received a considerable amount of mainstream press attention. Most of the coverage centred around the device’s likeness to an iPhone, but media exposure could well have been a factor in the decision to go ahead with the HTC One A9s.

The HTC One A9s offers mid-range specs, including a MediaTek Helio P10 chipset, 5-inch 720p AMOLED display, 13 megapixel main camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens, and a 5 MP front-facing shooter.

Memory and storage will vary depending on the region, with two different set-ups being produced. The first offers 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, whilst the other provides 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage.