The great mystery of HTC’s new handset: what could the A9w be?

The great mystery of HTC's new handset: what could the A9w be?

The HTC One A9 has only just hit shelves, but already it appears that the company is hard at work on two more handsets that will be variations on the new device.

A device called the HTC One A9w (yes, with a lowercase “w”) has appeared on the website of the Chinese telecommunications regulator TENAA. Spec-wise, it is almost identical to the A9 in that it sports a 5 inch AMOLED full-HD display, 13MP camera on the rear (with optical image stabilisation) and 4MP camera on the front. The 1.5GHz CPU also aligns with the Snapdragon 617 found in the A9.

As followers of the phone industry will note, the A9 came in two different variants: One with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM for the American market, and one with 16GB of storage and 2GB RAM for Europe (yep, we lost out there). Interestingly, the supposed A9w matches the latter – with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM.

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The exact purpose of the phone remains unclear – the only real difference the A9 and A9w appears to be in the size of Micro-SD card the phone can take to expand storage. So what exactly this new device will be for remains to be seen: it could be something as simple as the same phone but built for the Chinese market, or (cue wild speculation), perhaps it will be the same hardware but running Windows Phone instead of Android? (Hence the “w”)

The news coincides with PocketNow reporting on what appears to be an improved A9. The purported HTC One X9 (that’s an “X” not an “A”) turbocharges the specs a little, upgrading to a 2K screen, a Snapdragon 820 processor and a 23MP camera on the rear. The battery too will be upgraded – to 3500mAh, and storage will get a boost to 128GB.

If the rumours, which first emerged on Chinese social network Weibo, turn out to be true, it seems that the X9 could potentially be the new high-end flagship device we all expected the A9 to be.

We’ll keep you posted.

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