HTC first announced its new One X9 smartphone for China back in December, with no word given regarding plans to bring the device to any other parts of the world. Now here at MWC 2016, alongside three other Desire mid-range handsets, HTC has announced a new global version of the One X9. This is an interesting new device from the company, so we wanted to get a first hand look at what it brings to the table. Here is our quick look at the HTC One X9.

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The HTC One X9 and One A9 are very closely related, though you wouldn’t be able to tell by just looking at the way the two handsets are designed. The One A9 was heavily criticized (and rightfully so) for looking a little too much like the iPhone 6, but the X9 tries to stay away from that comparison a bit. The X9 features a curvy metal chassis that feels quite nice in the hand. It’s a little difficult to hold in one hand thanks to its large 5.5-inch display, and that’s not helped by the fact that the X9 sports big front-facing BoomSound speakers on the top and bottom of the display. The speakers do look a little different from what’s normally found on HTC’s One M line, but all in all, they still sound great, and we’re happy to see them make their triumphant return.

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BoomSound isn’t the only feature that’s making a return – HTC included capacitive home, recent apps and back keys on the One X9. We’re not entirely sure why the company brought back this feature, though the switch does free up some extra room on the display, which is a plus.

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 HTC One X9
Display5.5-inch Super LCD display
1920 x 1080 resolution
ProcessorOcta-core Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10
GPUPowerVR G6200
MicroSDYes, up to 200GB
Cameras13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture
5MP front camera
BatteryNon-removable 3000mAh battery
Fast chargingYes
Dimensions153.9 x 75.9 x 8mm, 170g

The One X9 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD Super LCD display, which is very bright and offers up some impressive color saturation. It’s not the most high resolution display out there, though it should be large enough to perform all the multimedia tasks you throw at it. HTC also decided to include expandable storage up to 200GB on the X9, which adds to the 32GB of internal memory. This, combined with a microSD card, should definitely be enough space to store all types of media on the device.

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It’s powered by the octa-core Mediatek Helio X10 processor backed by 3GB of RAM, which also means it comes with a PowerVR G6200 graphics processor. It’s been plenty snappy in our brief hands-on time with the device, but we’ll need to wait to spend some more time with it to tell you our full thoughts on its performance.

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Moving around back the One X9 sports a 13MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture. This is a similar camera sensor to the one found on the One A9, though HTC says it’s been largely improved this time around. The camera app itself is the same one we’ve seen on most other recent HTC handsets, which is definitely a plus. It’s very easy to navigate and makes switching to different modes a breeze.

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The One X9 runs HTC’s Sense UI atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This is essentially the same UI we saw on the A9, and HTC says it’s trying to streamline its software experience throughout all of its One series phones.

There are no pricing or exact availability details as of yet, but we’ll be sure to update you as we learn more. What are your thoughts? Could this be your next phone? Let us know what you think in the comments!

  • AS118

    Looks nice, but I would’ve liked to see a 4.7″ version. 5.5″ is too big for my 1-handed use case needs. A phone with a 4.7″ screen, stereo speakers, and a big REMOVABLE battery would be just perfect. I don’t care about metal bodies, 1440p (even 720p would be fine) or amazing cameras or anything.

    • ajftl250

      small guy

  • Matthew Brown

    Price is what finally sells a phone. If it’s $300 or less, it’s a nice phone.o

  • b0wtie

    YES HTC! At last the fat black bezel is gone and the two main features I LOVED on my HTC One X are back: capacitive buttons and external storage. Please keep that up for the M10. Only make it waterproof and include a fingerprint reader. Then I would buy it xD

    • Elodia

      I don’t want to be rude, but the One X doesn’t have support for external storage…I still use one.

      • George

        But I get this guy’s enthusiasm anyway.

    • Donte Rogers

      Exactly. You nailed it. Bigger less bezel speakers still there. Yes yes yes. This just makes me think the m10 is gonna be dissapointing. Like the m9+ shoulda just been the m9 to begin with. Atleast it would been bigger

    • b0wtie

      Uuuuuups, sorry. Right… Which of my old HTC phones had external SD support before I switched to a Xiaomi MI Note?
      The Desire HD, right?

  • maxm01

    Why HTC, why does it have to be 5,5″?! For me personally this would have been the PERFECT device if only it was 5″..
    Nice design, Boom speaker, no black bar, narrow bezels, a crazy 71,4% screen-to-body ratio and no stupid fingerprint reader on the front (though one on the side would have been nice). Especially the removal of the black bar is great which was also what kept me from getting the M8 at the time. I remember the bullshit they said about that bar, that there was “a huge amount of circuitry, antennae, etc.” underneath. Yet they managed to squeeze all that stuff plus the Boom speakers and even capacitive buttons into even less space on this device.

    HTC is capable of building an awesome phone but they always fuck it up.. Put those speakers on the M10, move the fingerprint reader to the side, pack a decent camera and everyone is happy.

  • Michael

    I would like a 6 inch version of this with a removable battery..

  • Kenneth Ho

    Basically a Redmi Note 3 without the fingerprint and smaller battery. I doubt this will compete well on price.

    • No1VIPER

      The Redmi Note 3 doesn’t have a few important things the HTC One X9 does. Front facing stereo speakers, and a micro SD card slot and optical image stabilisation.

      • Goran

        True….but u will need 200$ more for x9. Is it worthed? In other words, u can get 2 redmi notes 3 for one x9.

        • No1VIPER

          For way better sound and camera quality alone, I’d say yes. Then throw in expandable storage too. Plus I’m not a fan of MIUI.

          • Goran

            Than add extra 50$ for alcatel idol 4s…2k 5.5 inch and supreme sound and almost stock android. Snapragon and…infact….idol 4s puts x9 to trash in all aspects. Htc is lost. No hope for them.

          • No1VIPER

            2k display just means that the battery won’t last at all.

          • Goran

            Hahaha…than buy x9. Throw away ur money…after all, u earned it:)

    • Goran

      Absolutely agreed. And u can get redmi note 3 for half of the price of x9. Poor htc….they are delusional.

  • Mohammad Hussain

    I am the only one who thinks that the front looks gorgeous?

  • Goran

    You guys should make the survey: what is the worst htc model of all bad models from m9 till x9 and why.
    And send the results to htc to see what consumers think of their work and what they expect.
    PS. Since they lowered the price for vive….to they want to compensate loss with overpriced phones?

    • Donte Rogers

      What’s the loweredprice

  • The Big Guy

    Does anyone actually use the “Boom Speakers”? It’s still not loud enough to listen to music with a group of people and anyone who doesn’t use headphones in public is a tool.

    I had the M8 and used the headphones every time.

    • TW

      Been using the boom speakers on my M7 daily since it was new in ’13. Wish they’d announce whether X9 will make it to USA.

  • 29un

    Own it and love it…Saved me from the iphone 4s……