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HTC One A9 (Aero) gets Android Pay via Android 6.0 Marshmallow; Rumored to debut on September 29 HTC event

September 16
9:19 AM 2015

The HTC One A9 (Aero) is tipped to ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, adding Android Pay functionality to the new flagship. The "hero phone" Aero is rumored to debut on a September 29 HTC event accompanied by another HTC smartphone.

Phone Arena reported of a tipster known for disseminating HTC leaks. Under the Twitter name @LlabTooFeR, the Android ROM developer/leaker advised that the HTC One A9 will come with Android M and Sense 7 UI out of the box. If the rumor is true, the HTC Aero will be among the first devices to ship with the latest Google OS, Android M.

That means the HTC One A9 will also get Android Pay, a known feature of Android M. Android Pay offers a secure and hassle-free system of cashless transaction according to the International Business Times. It creates a virtual account with a virtual account number for tap-to-pay services. Android Pay values user privacy since it does not send out the user's credit or debit card details when making payments.

HTC CEO and chairwoman Cher Wang mentioned about a "hero product" on July. Many speculate that Wang was referring to the HTC One A9 codenamed Hima_Aero in a Geekbench result. It garnered a multi-core benchmark score of 5584.

The Geekbench result further revealed the specs of the alleged HTC One A9. The device ran the same processor as the Acer Predator smartphone which is a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 running at 1.96 GHz. It packs in 4GB of RAM and, at the time of the test, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS.

HTC recently released invites in Weibo to a September 29 dual-flagship event in Hakone, Japan according to a report by NDTV Gadgets. The company is expected to unveil two new products in the event: probably the HTC One A9 and the HTC Butterfly 3. Google also announced their Nexus launch on the same day.

Rumors on the HTC One A9 say that the flagship will be released on October to November. They will be among the first devices to ship Android M along with Samsung Galaxy and Nexus devices.

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