We knew it was coming. Last week, HTC’s newest handset, the One X9, bared all in a leaked photo shoot. The Taiwanese manufacturer has now decided to let the cat out of the bag.
The suspicions about the One X9 were on point. As of late, HTC has been focusing on strong midrange smartphones (see One A9) and the X9 lines up with that strategy. Let’s take a look at the specs:
- Display: 5.5″ 1080P
- SoC: MediaTek Helio X10 (octa-core, 2.2GHz) and 3GB of RAM
- Storage: 32GB on-board and microSD expandable up to 2TB
- Camera: 13MP rear (OIS, f/2.0 aperture) and 5MP front (f/2.0)
- Battery: 3,000 mAh
HTC doesn’t specify the display technology in the X9. The A9 uses an AMOLED panel, so we can make a guess. Additionally, we don’t know what version of Android the X9 will ship with, but Marshmallow supplemented with the latest HTC Sense UI would be a good guess.
The reversion back to capacitive navigation buttons is certainly interesting. HTC may feel like it’s a cleaner look than with the infamous black logo bar. Lastly, BoomSound makes a return. The X9 packs dual, front stereo speakers that are enhanced with Dolby Audio.
If you like what you see, it’s unfortunate that we have no idea if the One X9 will be offered worldwide. We only know that it’s slated for the Chinese market. The X9 will launch at 2,399 yuan (~ $370 USD), which is no doubt a great value.