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The HTC One X9 is now official... again: 5.5-inch 1080p display, Helio X10 SoC, 13MP primary camera

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The HTC One X9 is now official... again: 5.5-inch 1080p display, Helio X10 SoC, 13MP primary camera

Update: HTC just re-announced the One X9 at MWC 2016. 

Yesterday, an official teaser hinted that the HTC One X9 will be officially announced this Christmas. A few hours ago, the HTC One X9 product page went live on the HTC China website, effectively introducing the One X9 to the public.

In the past few weeks, the HTC One X9 often made headlines through either rumors, teasers, or leaks, and we've also seen the phone passing through China's TENAA complete with the full spec sheet and a hands-on image gallery. If you've been keeping tabs on these recent developments, then you've been already informally introduced to the One X9.

On the surface, the One X9 borrows the design language that the manufacturer debuted on the HTC One A9, but not without a good amount of differences. While the One A9 was instantly criticized as an iPhone 6 clone, the One X9 introduces a fair share of new elements on top of a similar aluminum body.

The front of the phone is dominated by a 5.5-inch IPS display running at a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels. Under the panel, HTC has placed a trio of capacitive buttons. This may seem a bit off given that HTC's recent flagships have all adopted on-screen navigational buttons, but capacitive buttons are currently appreciated in Asian markets, which appears to be HTC's target with the One X9. The design of the speakers, which appear to be carved in the upper and lower bezels, is another interesting design choice that HTC adopted with the One X9.

The body of the phone measures 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.99 mm. At these dimensions, the HTC One X9 offers a screen-to-body ratio of 71.38%, which is average for modern upper-end smartphones.


The back of the HTC One X9 is mostly similar to that of the One A9 with the exception of a plastic band at the top. While the plastic band doesn't stand out as much as the big bulge on the back of the Nexus 6P, we can't help but notice some similarities. Just like with the capacitive buttons and the design of the speakers, the plastic band is a departure from the simplistic clean design that HTC adopted on its previous phones, for the better or worse.

Under the hood of the HTC One X9 beats the heart of a MediaTek Helio X10 SoC with a 2.2GHz octa-core processor. This is the same chip that HTC used on the One ME, an Asian-exclusive spinoff based on the One M9 flagship. In the memory department, the One X9 is equipped with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage space, and a microSD card slot.

In the imaging department, the One X9 comes with a 13MP primary camera with OIS that can shoot RAW photos and 4K videos. On the front, there's a 5MP secondary sensor with an f/2.0 lens.

All of these specs are powered up by a 3000mAh non-removable battery. HTC says that the One X9 is compatible with 5V / 1.5A fast-charging. This standard is not as fast as the modern 5V / 2A format used by flagships such as the Nexus 6P, but it's still about 30% compared to the usual 2V / 1A format.

This leads us to the price. In China, the HTC One X9 will sell for 2399 Yuan, or about $370 at the current conversion rates. This makes the One X9 cheaper than the HTC One A9, which is currently priced at 2799 Yuan in China ($432). It remains to be seen if the HTC One X9 will make its way towards Western markets such as Europe or the United States.

What do you guys think of the new HTC One X9? Can you ask for more from a mid-range Android phablet?

source: HTC

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posted on 24 Dec 2015, 07:48 13

1. Rocket (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


I like the desing.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:32 7

16. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yeah, nice design, should be a hit.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:59 21

37. sharks (Posts: 230; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Finally! An ergonomic new design! No more huge HTC logo chin!

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 14:56 2

47. FrankUnderwood2 (Posts: 209; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Aaaaaahhh.! Finally!

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 15:10 3

49. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


HTC is finally stepping up it's game!
Hope it's price won't dissapoint.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 15:11

50. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


HTC is finally stepping up it's game!
Hope it's price won't dissapoint.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:38 9

20. Wiencon (Posts: 1708; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Me too, I actually think it's the best design HTC has come up since M7

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 14:41 1

46. Rocket (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Its ever better than m7, well atleast for me :)

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 15:13 1

51. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Right... but A9's design is the worst. Total iPhone 6s clone!

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 16:02

55. LionStone (Posts: 717; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Except the iphone ripped off HTC's design, and they definitely didn't do it better...so the A9 is actually a great phone with a great design, as usual.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:30 2

29. Hyperreal (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Looks good. Finally, HTC. Solid device.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:35 3

31. Hyperreal (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


I hope m10 looks similar.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 15:18 1

52. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Or look way better!
Great design and premium build is HTC's surviving sheild.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 15:22 1

53. LionStone (Posts: 717; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


I'm thinking they'll base the M10 design off this, but hopefully without the capacitative buttons

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:36 5

32. zeeBomb (Posts: 1723; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


HtC's back on track now!

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 10:52 3

43. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Finaly capacitive buttons!

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 21:35

66. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Yes i hope it will come in red like the M series. Their version of red is the best looking red in the industry.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:11

76. bubbadoes (Posts: 813; Member since: 03 May 2012)


then you'll love the 6S. post 1

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 07:50 15

2. TezzaBP (Posts: 272; Member since: 18 May 2015)


This might be the point where HTC strikes a comeback, I hope so at least, good luck HTC

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 15:23

54. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Hoping as much.
I have a feeling that HTC isn't dead yet, despite dropping out of top 10 smartphone sales.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 07:57 6

3. jellmoo (Posts: 1455; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I'm one of the rare people that actually really likes the A9, so I would still pick it over this this. Mostly for the fingerprint scanner and the AMOLED display.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:06 1

6. carlemillward (unregistered)


It is a good phone if you overlook the tiny battery and iPhone design debacle.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:13 3

12. csoulr666 (Posts: 114; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


I like the A9 too, but i'll be holding out for the A10.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:54 1

23. thepurplewalrus (Posts: 13; Member since: 14 May 2015)


I like the One A9 too for the same reasons you said, as well as HTC's Sense.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:20 1

28. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 304; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


But that display isn't so efficient. I think anandtech did a thing on AMOLED displays, and they discovered that with the advent of the Note 4/SGS6 era tech, they were just about on the level of a good LCD in terms of efficiency. Even though this thing has a 3,000mAh battery, it'll likely have only a bit more battery life over the A9 due to the inefficient Mediatek SoC...

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:33 1

30. Hyperreal (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


I like it too, but i dont care that much for fingerprint scanner, prefer stereo speakers and bigger battery. Fast updates for A9 are a big pro tho

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:29

71. amats69 (Posts: 1364; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


ONE A9 back design with the front design of this phone would be a perfect Design for m10!

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:01 1

4. carlemillward (unregistered)


Helio X10 doesn't justify the price, and knowing HTC it will probably cost more when it arrived to US and Europe. But having a snapdragon 617 processor at that price would affect A9 sales negatively.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:09 4

9. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


If Helio X10 doesn't justify it's price, then the A9 doesn't justify Apple's atrocious pricing too!

Go, Go HTC!
#quietlybrilliant

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:02 3

5. vuyonc (Posts: 982; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Looks decent.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:07 7

7. Sealblaighter (Posts: 200; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This is much better, then the A9. The design is cool, let's see how many colors there will be.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:11 1

11. csoulr666 (Posts: 114; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Considering HTC, I think there will either be a lot of them or a very few. This is something I've never understood about them

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:08 4

8. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


5v 1.5 A is not fast charging. Even my 2.5 year old s4 had 5v 2A charging, and that is not fast charging. Fast charging should be at least 15 W of power.

And I think almost 400$ is too much to ask for a midrange phone when we get a phone like moto X style, and most recently even s6 for 400$(eBay)

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:17 1

27. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 238; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


If it had SD652 then it would be good competition for moto x pure edition.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:37

34. zeeBomb (Posts: 1723; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


5 x 1.5 = 7.5W...damn tyrion you're right...

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:10

10. csoulr666 (Posts: 114; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


It will either need to be cheaper or a decent performer considering the sea of smartphones in this price range. As an HTC fan, I hope this sells well. A Snapdragon processor would have been really appreciated though

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:26

13. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 282; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Awesome phone from HTC.I wish Sony too launch a good midrange phones
:-)

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:31

14. Ghost04 (Posts: 318; Member since: 03 May 2014)


HTC is out of the competition .

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:31 1

15. STRANG3R (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Sep 2015)


i saw the leaked video earlier, the device is really slow.. i mean really :/

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:34

18. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 282; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


@Strang3r bro Video link pls

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:38 4

35. Hyperreal (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Pre production unit with unfinished software, genius?

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:33 2

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I'm surprised by how cheap it is and it seems better than the m9 and a9 which are the company's flagships

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:35

19. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 282; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Tiara mam A9 is better too

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:46 3

21. shinywindow (banned) (Posts: 294; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Zzzzz

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:52 3

22. thepurplewalrus (Posts: 13; Member since: 14 May 2015)


I'm really liking HTC's new design language. I really hope this phone comes to AT&T in the US.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 08:54

24. Dude2014 (Posts: 433; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Meanwhile Samsung A9 is rocking with impressive Snapdragon 652. Why can't HTC have SD 652 on their X9 too?

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:14 1

26. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 238; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Exactly it could have been really great device if it has SD652. And I would have not mind paying $400 for it.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:36 1

33. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


400 bucks is overpriced. There are way better options for the same price!

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 00:38

78. ibend (Posts: 3141; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


for that price, just get MXPE..

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:40 2

36. Hyperreal (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Samsung A9 will cost much more.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 10:16

38. ibend (Posts: 3141; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


meanwhile LeTV S1 X600 which also use the same X10 2.2GHz, and the same 5.5 inch 1080p screen, 32GB storage, 13MP camera, and 3000mAh battery cost less than $180
seems like they want to repeat M9+ failure -_-

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:07 1

73. Reza.N (Posts: 76; Member since: 06 Sep 2015)


f**k LeTV...that asshole chinese brand

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:07 1

74. Reza.N (Posts: 76; Member since: 06 Sep 2015)


f**k LeTV...that asshole chinese brand

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:07 1

75. Reza.N (Posts: 76; Member since: 06 Sep 2015)


f**k LeTV...that asshole chinese brand

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 10:20

64. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


I don't think X10 is much worse in GPU.

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 09:11

25. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 238; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


AMOLED or IPS LCD ?

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 10:16 2

39. TezzaBP (Posts: 272; Member since: 18 May 2015)


IPS LCD

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 10:34 1

40. Darkerm (Posts: 306; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


wow! awesome! i want one

posted on 24 Dec 2015, 10:39

41. Colombianmax (Posts: 39; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


Looks pretty good and specs sound acceptable in writing. Being an HTC person, I'd only consider this device if it was made available in a smaller size..

....I wish phone manufacturers would start making flagship phones like before or at least smaller alternatives such as anything between 4 to 4.6 inches

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 06:56

63. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


4.6" will not have enough space for 3000+mAh battery.

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