The HTC One A9 was launched with much fanfare last week, seen by many as a cheaper iPhone lookalike. However, there was a spot of confusion regarding the handset’s actual price in the US.
The unlocked HTC One A9 is currently listed at $399.99 under a limited-time pre-order promotion. At the time, the company did not clarify how long the offer would stand for and how much the device would cost after it was over. In an official statement given out today, the brand confirmed that the phone would cost $499.99 starting from November 7.
The $100 increase is a big jump, but makes sense when looking at the cost of the One A9 in other markets such as Europe. According to Android Central, the smartphone is available there at figures starting from $725. That’s a huge difference, and it’s happened because the Taiwanese manufacturer allows local sales teams to fix their own values to the handset.
So while the One A9 has one price across the world, the actual value a person gets it for could vary wildly from region to region. For now, the special $399.99 cost is valid only at select HTC-only franchise outlets and for online pre-orders. The promotion will end once the device hits retail and distributor partners in the US.
Check out the specifications of the HTC One A9 at a glance:
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based HTC Sense
– Display: 5-inch, 1080 x 1980 pixels
– CPU: 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 617
– Storage: 16GB/32GB, expandable till 2TB
– RAM: 2GB/3GB
– Battery: 2150mAh
– Camera: 13MP rear, 4MP front
– Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth, microUSB 2.0, NFC
Once again, you can pre-order the HTC One A9 at $399.99 until November 7. Post that, you’ll have to pay $499.99 for it.