HTC One X9 has been in the news for quite some time now with leaks and renders coming out everyday. Today however the company went ahead and officially took the curtains off this brand new device in China. The One X9 is a mid range handset just like the One A9 except for some design and hardware changes.
Design wise, the phone from the front looks a lot like the Butterfly S and comes with a really premium 7.9mm metallic body. HTC has unceremoniously removed the fingerprint scanner that we saw on the One A9 and replaced it with the good old capacitive buttons. From the photos though, the device really looks like a flagship smartphone and screams premium from all corners.
Every other features are exactly what you would expect from a mid range handset, it comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, under the hood there’s the octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 chipset (8x Cortex-A53) 64-bit processor with PowerVR G6200 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a dedicated microSD slot (up to 2TB), 3,000 mAh battery which is ofcourse non-removable and dual Nano SIM slots.
The device like any other modern smartphone supports LTE. It borrows the same 13MP camera from the One A9, it also packs optical image stabilization plus dual-tone flash, as well as an UltraPixel f/2.0 front camera on the other side for better low-light shots which is pretty darn good; and yes, you can capture RAW images here too.
Although the One X9 is cheaper than the A9, it comes with the much loved BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers, thus making it not so bad a deal even without the fingerprint scanner. As for the software, it runs HTC Sense on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
You can get the One X9 in either gunmetal grey or silver colors.
At 2,399 Yuan (~$370 / Rs. 24,400), this is HTC’s best shot at getting some market slice back from companies like OnePlus or Xiaomi. But it is worth pointing that those OEMs still provide better specifications for the price, at least on paper for now. Right now, the One X9 is launched in China but most probably, more countries will follow soon.