Update: The HTC One A9 / HTC Aero could have a fingerprint scanner and it seems to look an awful lot like the iPhone 6S.
We’ve already had one HTC flagship this year in the form of the HTC One M9, but we might be about to get another. Not the HTC One M10 – that probably won’t be here until early next year – but instead something new and different.
We don’t know a huge amount about it yet, but the name HTC Aero is being thrown around, as is the name HTC One A9, and with talk of a QHD screen and a ground-breaking camera, it could be well worth keeping an eye on.
Cut to the chaseWhat is it? A new high-end phone from HTC.When is it out? October probably.What will it cost? A lot. A whole lot.HTC Aero release date
The Nexus 5 2015 and Nexus 6 2015 could have some competition, as it looks like HTC is holding an event on September 29, the same day as we’re expecting to see Google’s new phones.
The advert for this event, which was spotted on Weibo, doesn’t specifically mention the HTC Aero, but it does say “double flagship”, so it’s likely to be for something high-end.
If we don’t see it on September 29 then the HTC Aero will probably launch sometime in October. Although it was never referred to by name, HTC’s CEO Cher Wang stated that a ‘hero’ device would be released then and that descriptor certainly sounds high-end.
HTC Aero design
It looks like the HTC One A9 could be taking its design cues from the iPhone 6S if some leaked renders are anything to go by. They show a likely metallic handset in six different colors, with antenna lines running along the back in a very familiar position.
Round the front things look a little more unique, but there is seemingly a power button below the screen which may double as a fingerprint scanner.
HTC Aero screen
While the HTC One M9 has just a 1080p screen it looks like the HTC Aero could push things up to QHD. A source speaking to HTCViet certainly thinks so anyway, claiming that the upcoming handset will have a 1440 x 2560 display, protected by Gorilla Glass 4.
Supposedly it will also be 2.5D, which is less exciting than it probably sounds, but means that the edges will curve ever so slightly into the frame, much like they do on the iPhone 6.
HTC Aero rivals
It’s hard to truly get a sense of what sort of phone the HTC Aero will be yet, so predicting its rivals is tricky too. But as a likely high-end late 2015 handset it will have the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus for company.
They could pose a seriously tough challenge for it, though as ‘S’ models we’re not expecting them to stray far from what we saw with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The Sony Xperia Z5 has launched too, once again bringing the best of Sony in a smartphone, including waterproofing, a 5.2-inch 1080p screen and a fingerprint scanner.
The Aero could potentially also face competition from other HTC handsets, most notably the still-decent HTC One M9, depending on the price.
HTC Aero camera and battery
We could be in for a real treat with the HTC Aero’s camera, as sources speaking to HTCViet claim it’s “ground-breaking”.
They go some way to explaining why, stating that it will have an f/1.9 aperture, which could improve photos in low light conditions. That’s something HTC is often good at anyway, but there’s always room for improvement.
As well as that it will apparently be able to save photos in RAW format, so if you’re serious about photography you won’t have to compress the images you capture. We’re not convinced any of that really sounds ground-breaking, but it is at least promising.
HTC Aero OS and power
A benchmark has popped up showing a handset believed to be the HTC Aero as rocking a 1.96GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC and 4GB of RAM, which really would make it tremendously powerful.
The benchmark could be wrong though, so it’s still possible that it will sport a Snapdragon 810 like the HTC One M9, though given the controversy surrounding that chip HTC might opt for something different – could it be the 808 used in the LG G4, or even a new mid-range 600 series?
As for the OS, given that the HTC Aero won’t launch before October it’s possible that it will run Android Marshmallow out of the box, overlaid with HTC’s Sense interface.
HTC Aero cost
There haven’t been any leaks or rumors about the price of the HTC Aero, but given that it’s shaping up to be a high-end phone we’d expect a high-end price.
For reference the HTC One M9 has an RRP of £500/$649/AU$1099, and we doubt the Aero will be any more than that and it could be less as it’s not part of HTC’s main flagship line – but it’s bound to cost many hundreds of pounds/dollars.