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



1. Rocket

Posts: 729; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I like the desing.

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, nice design, should be a hit.

37. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

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

47. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Aaaaaahhh.! Finally!

49. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

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

50. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

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

20. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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

46. Rocket

Posts: 729; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

51. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

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

55. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

29. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Looks good. Finally, HTC. Solid device.

31. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I hope m10 looks similar.

52. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

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

53. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

32. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

HtC's back on track now!

43. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Finaly capacitive buttons!

66. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 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.

76. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

then you'll love the 6S. post 1

2. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

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

54. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

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

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2673; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

6. carlemillward unregistered

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

12. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

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

23. thepurplewalrus

Posts: 13; Member since: May 14, 2015

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


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 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...

30. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 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

71. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

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.

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 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

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Looks decent.

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