Sketchy leaked photos <a href="">purporting to be the HTC Aero</a>

HTC has a “hero product” up its sleeves, at least according to a promise made by HTC CEO Cher Wang this past July. Based on the several leaks we’ve seen over the last couple of months from various sources, that device seems likely to be the HTC One “A9” codenamed “Hima_Aero”. Details about the phone have just been trickling in slowly, and now another tidbit has been leaked: The phone will probably ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow…

This comes via LlabTooFeR on Twitter, an account known for reliably leaking many other HTC details. This time, the person behind the account says that the upcoming handset from HTC will launch with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS as well as HTC Sense 7.0:

Most recently, the HTC One A9 was allegedly caught going through Geekbench, scoring a 5884 for the multi-core benchmark. The device’s other benchmark information shows a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor, which is the exact same chip that can be found inside the Acer Predator handset. According to the Geekbench results, the chip is clocked at 1.96GHz and is coupled with 4 GB RAM. Interestingly, these results showed Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

The latest teases — purportedly posted on HTC’s Weibo and picked up by Upleaks — have HTC announcing some kind of product on September 29th, the same day that Google is set to announce its new lineup of Nexus devices. It’s not clear what the company has in store for that day, but announcing something around that time would line up pretty perfectly to meet Cher Wang’s promise of a new “hero product” for October. We’ll see.

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