HTC to launch One A9s at IFA2016
HTC to launch One A9s at the IFA event in Berlin HTC

HTC is planning to launch the successor to last year's One A9 handset at the IFA trade fair in Berlin.

The most interesting aspect about the forthcoming device is its maker seems to be following in the footsteps of Apple for naming. The new HTC model is to be dubbed One A9s, similar to what Apple does for its iPhone variants — iPhone 4s, 5s, 6s and 6s Plus.

VentureBeat claims to have obtained exclusive information from its source and also got access to a photo of the One A9s that features a metal build. The phone is expected to become available in white, black, gold and bluish-silver colour variants.

The One A9s will be identical to its predecessor, although some hardware features have been repositioned such as camera lenses, flash and sensors. Details about other specs are scanty at the moment, except that the phone will have a 13 megapixel camera at the back and a five megapixel camera unit might replace the four Ultrapixel front camera. Very much like the HTC 10 that was launched in April this year, the One A9s will not have HTC branding at the front. The latest disclosure suggests HTC will launch the phone a day before the IFA event kicks off on 1 September.

The One M9, in comparison, comes with a 5in full HD screen, protected with Gorilla Glass 3. The device has two variants in terms of storage: one with 16GB and the other with 32GB, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, along with an Adreno 405 graphics unit. It packs a 2,150mAh battery.