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New HTC One A9 rumors suggest modest midrange experience

Details from a reputable source tell us HTC's next big release won't be an outright hardware monster after all.

The One M9 is HTC's most recent flagship smartphone. CNET

Just when you thought HTC was readying a high-end killer smartphone for later this year, new details suggest the handset maker may have a more modest device on deck. Sorry, but according to a new set of rumors, it doesn't appear that 10-core HTC superphone will be here anytime soon.

According to a tweet from frequent tipster Evan Blass of @evleaks, the HTC One A9 (code name Hima Aero) will ultimately prove to be a midrange smartphone. Allegedly due in November, the phone could include a 5-inch display with a 1,080-pixel display.

HTC has been in a slump for more than a few quarters and desperately needs a big hit if it hopes to compete during the lucrative holiday season. The next few months will prove to even more competitive now that new models from Samsung, Apple and Motorola are entering the ring.

Midrange models are proliferating at a much quicker pace these days than premium phones, and prices are falling across the board. It's perhaps here, in this space, that HTC wants to stake its chances.

As for the other HTC One A9 specifications, Blass indicates the phone will draw its power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 2GB of RAM. Internal storage capacity is purported to be 16GB, but a microSD card slot should allow room for media and apps.

Looking at cameras, the One A9 may have a 13-megapixel rear shooter with a 4-megapixel sensor (HTC bands it its " Ultrapixel sensor") around front.

Rounding things out, the One A9 could have a metal design and include a fingerprint scanner as well. Its battery could top out at 2,150mAh. While the capacity is certainly much lower than today's typical smartphones, the rumored Snapdragon 617 processor will allow for super quick charging.

HTC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.