HTC’s next top of the line smartphone has been in the rumors a lot lately, and we already know it’s going to be sold as the One A9. Its codename was Aero, and we may have already seen it in a leaked image.
As for specs, we now have a much better idea of what to expect, because a One A9 prototype was put through the paces of the GeekBench benchmark. This has helpfully revealed a couple of key features of the device, thanks to the benchmark’s information screen.
The One A9 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and is apparently powered by MediaTek’s upcoming Helio X20 chipset, which comes with a deca-core CPU (that’s ten cores, yes). Of those, two are going to be Cortex-A72 cores, which should perform a lot better than the Cortex-A57s in other high-end chipsets. The other eight cores will be Cortex-A53, divided into two different clusters for maximum performance with minimum power drain.