HTC One X9 officially announced in China

by: Preetam NathDecember 24, 2015
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htc one x9 official

The HTC One X9 has been officially announced in China. Powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor, the One X9 is a premium smartphone that doesn’t command a premium price tag. Equipped with a 5.5-inch display, the One X9 features a good-looking design that’s been combined with a metal unibody. HTC claims that it takes more than 300 hours and 50 advanced steps to assemble one of these beauties.

On the inside of the One X9 ticks MediaTek’s high-end Helio X10 processor, which is comprised of 8x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz. The 64-bit chipset is paired with a PowerVR G6200 GPU clocked at 700MHz, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. The One X9 has an UltraPixel front camera, great for low-light conditions and selfie lovers. Turn the device around and you’re greeted by a 13MP camera that’s armed with OIS and capable of 4K video recording. There’s also support for RAW image capture, which serious mobile photographers are sure to appreciate.

The One X9 comes with a large 3000mAh battery, which HTC claims can last about 15 hours of voice calls over 3G, 10 hours of high-definition video playback, and 40 hours of uninterrupted music playback. Support for fast charging is present, which is said to be 30% faster than charging with a regular 5V, 1A charger.

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Just like most other high-end HTC handsets, the One X9 has powerful BoomSound speakers on the front side, which when coupled with Dolby Audio makes for an immersive audio experience. Also, the speaker holes are such that they are effectively water- and dust-proof. The handset is capable of powering professional hi-fi headphones, thanks to the in-built amp that can drive power output of up to 0.98V.

The One X9 is HTC’s smallest 5.5-inch device ever, as specified on their website, having a width of only 75.9mm. The display, which boasts 170-degree wide viewing angles and high contrast for good daylight visibility, is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. HTC opted for a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) panel instead of Quad HD or 4K. The resultant improvement in battery life is sure to be appreciated by end users.

HTC’s website doesn’t mention the Android version running on the One X9, but seeing that the One A9 released with Marshmallow out-of-the-box, we would be surprised if it weren’t the same case with their new smartphone. Perhaps one of the best part about the One X9 is its price, which is 2399 yuan in China, or roughly $370. Keep in mind the phone is currently a Chinese exclusive, but let’s hope that HTC introduces the One X9 to other markets across the globe at the same aggressive price point.

  • Christian Ferrer

    Wow. :)

  • naqqash19

    So now HTC downgraded from on-screen to off-screen buttons; is this some sort of Chinese market’s requirement or something else?

    • Kefalin

      Its pretty popular in Asia and since this phone is made for Asian market,of course it has off-screen button

    • stfu

      Off screen buttos are not a downgrade. They’re simply a variant for design. Shut your face you useless twat.

      • MatthewPDX

        Lol “twat.”

    • SaRPeR

      Off-screen buttons are upgrade from on-screen buttons. On-screen buttons are ugly and they take up space.

  • Rodger Hodgson

    Clearly a google translation :D

  • Emmanuel

    “Fly is not talking about it, nine witness a fly, details phone”.

    hmmmm… is it my shitty English comprehension skills? or this simply doesn’t make sense. Lol

    looks like someone used Google transalate :D

  • SamG

    looks like HTC has a winner for 2016

    • 404

      i agree, the speakers look really cool

    • Karly Johnston

      All the phones after this are getting X20, call that a loser when the comp is twice as fast.

      • SamG

        X20? Snapdragon820?
        Well, unless multitasking is well implemented, we don’t need that much speed for a lag free daily use

        • Karly Johnston

          You need good gpus to push pixel dense displays.

          • SamG

            how much ppi do you need on a 6″ (max)?

          • Karly Johnston

            It would have to be 2k at 6 inches, anything less than 441 ppi on a flagship is for peasants.

  • Goran

    Aggressive pricing??? Correct me if I am wrong. ..this x9 offers the same as xiaomi redmi note 3 …which is btw half the price of this htc device????? So this is another overpriced hardly midrange htc try? Poor guys…they will forget how to make decent flagship….but for sure they know how to overprice….

    • Hyperre9l

      Go home youre drunk. Xioami sells phones almost at cost and they dont make money with them. Anyway you dont get ois and stereo speakers with xiaomi. And that poor software optimization and forget about updates. Id always take htc over xiaomi sht.

      • Goran

        God…that was example of “aggressive pricing”…all Samsung devices are more affordable and better than any HTC in 2015 and it will continue like that. Fact is HTC is most expensive…LG and Samsung are better. And to be honest, their devices are better and offer more for money. HTC never made device which can compare with Note or LG V10….they waste their time competing with Xiaomi and Huawei on midrange but with way overpriced phones. God u r unpleasant guy:(

        • geospa300

          I don’t think you’re drunk….. more like a few puffs of the crack pipe.

          • Goran

            ;) another no. But subject is not me. It’s HTC, their devices and their terminal desease Overpricitis chronica.

        • Marco Lorenzo

          You are far more unpleasant, spewing out opinions as if it was fact. Samsung is more affordable than HTC? Seriously, you must be high. My current phone is a Note Edge but Samsung has terrible software and hasn’t been considered “affordable” since the S2 days. Also, the LG V10 is a fantastic phone and I love LG’s software but it is more expensive than anything in HTC’s lineup.
          By the way, your OP was comparing HTC to Xiaomi, a company that undercuts the prices of just about every company and should hardly be used as the benchmark for fair pricing since they are selling at cost. Then you start talking about how you think HTC is more expensive than Samsung and LG. Have some consistency you moron.

          • Goran

            Samsung in 2015 is not Samsung from before. S6 and note 5 are far the best phones this year…especially S6 as worth for the money. Software on S6 is far better and on S7 u can expect lower price and even less touch wiz. HTC did not make good and well rounded phone since m8. You are saying HTC is not overpriced? A9 in my country cost in this moment 920$…that is 180$ more expensive than S6 and 100$ more expensive than S6 edge. And it’s 2/16gb version. HTC m9 is 140$ also more expensive than S6…pls HTC and their prices are part of the problem why HTC is in this situation. They just CAN NOT put right specs and right pricing in one model. Anyway…u think what u want….time will show if HTC is making right moves. I say they are on the wrong track. A9 is biggest flop and burst in 2015. This x9 will not do much better with 400$ price tag. And pls…HTC NEVER made anything close to Note phone. I will not call u names…will not act like u did.

          • Marco Lorenzo

            Well I’m not sure which country you are from but the pricing you are talking about is certainly not representative of most other markets. The A9 is a mid-range phone and should never be priced above the S6 and where I’m from, the M9 can often be found for €100-€150 cheaper than a S6.
            By the way, where are you getting your information that the upcoming S7 will be cheaper than the next HTC flagship? No official information have been announced regarding the phones much less their pricing. This kind of speculation just makes you sound biased and full of crap.
            Finally, I still maintain that you need to be more consistent. Why did you compare the X9 to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 in your OP and then suddenly change the comparison to Samsung and LG flagships? From the looks of things, the X9 is offering far better value for money than anything in the same price range from Samsung, so how come you’re not comparing Samsung’s Alpha phones to Xiaomi? Because it doesn’t fit with your argument?

          • Goran

            I am from Serbia and be free to check and compare S6 and A9 and m9 prices. Domain is .rs.
            I did not say anywhere that s7 will be cheaper than HTC device….i said that s7 will be cheaper than s6…that I read in few articles I am sure u can find on Internet.
            And I stand where I stood….x9 as hardware offer nothing more than Redmi note 3. And u and HTC should realize that sense is not so in front of other softwares as it used to be. And people care less for that….Huawei is living proof of that. Price is MOST IMPORTANT. HTC is living in the past. Samsung is doing all the good changes…HTC all the wrong choices.
            When I changed subject and compared HTC with LG and Samsung I was referring to A9.
            And for the end…I own now HTC one max and Samsung alpha….and I know all the good and bad things for both(before I owned HTC desire and after desire x)…and trust me…alpha is amazing, fast and reliable device. Alpha started good changes in Samsung. I don’t see HTC changing in good way and adopting as good as Samsung. Their devices after m9 are fail after fail…in specs and especially price. I wouldn’t like to see HTC disappearing. ..no….i hope they can come back and make what they can and should. But they don’t seem to learn and know reality. So I will support them if they deserve and criticise hard when they do wrong. For now, I don’t see any reason to support them.

      • MaxPower

        forget about updates? lol
        they release an update every other week.
        you clearly have no idea of what you’re talking about

  • Goran

    Really…who wrote this article? Htc themselves?

  • Smokingaces

    Count me in.

  • Settler11

    Too late for me after the M8, M9 and the A9. Happily switched to a Moto X style but if that device didn’t exist, I would’ve waited for this HTC…

    • geospa300

      The Galaxy S5 plastic crap imitation of the galaxy S4 was a better phone than the M8????? I don’t think so.

      • Goran

        No it wasn’t. M8 is HTC best phone….but from M8 HTC continuously goes down and S6 is much much better than M9, all the unhappy plus and minus versions that came after, crippled and iphonish A9 and this x9 are not as half as good as S6. Not to mention Note 5. HTC should try to make THE BEST phone in the world, not these crrap.

        • Ismail Akram

          Your words looks crap. X9 is awesome device.. it could have been even bettter if had SD SoC but then of course price would be different.

          • Goran

            Really? And if it had super amoled screen plus it would cost a fortune….that is HTC problem, can not keep up with competition. And pls tell me one HTC phone that can compete with Samsung’s Note or LG V10. If they made it, they would price it 1500$….

          • Ismail Akram

            I’ve never seen HTC phone over $700.. and that is for flagship mobiles. thing is X9 is not competing Note 5 or V10, let put it where it belongs and where it can compete and its Samsung A series so its better we compare X9 with Samsung A9.. and I think A9 will be expensive and it will be more expensive than S6(above $400) and X9 is less expensive. A9 have better SoC without a doubt and have fingerprint scanner.. which will create $100 difference.. IMO X9 looks better and I think it will feel more premium in hand too. X9 have stereo speakers which is great in my book. rest is about TW and Sense and thats depends on user (if they care about skin). Only thing that is better than X9 is Moto X pure edition..

          • Goran

            Oppo r7s will kill x9 in Asia…even honor 7 and some others from Huawei like g7 plus or g8. Htc offers less for more money. Nothings really changed with x9…nice try but will be fail. They will propably sell more in Europe and USA this x9….but if i could choose between r7s and x9….opppo without a doubt.

          • Ismail Akram

            BTW what mobile you using nowadays and what is your favorite one? your talks stops to make sense to me now.. Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC even Motorola means different to me then Huawei, Oppo, Xiomai or whatsoever names you know about chines phones maker.. X9 software annihilate any smartphone you’ve mentioned in your last comment..

          • Goran

            O than u are making big mistake and u dont know what oppo or vivo are doing lately. ..best audio experience is on vivo phones….and they are just not known well and a lot of prejudice about them in the west. Htc is loosing from all. From big ones like Samsung, lg and motorola and even worse from oppo and a likes…go up in this discussion and see how htc is pricing their phones in my country and see there what i own now. It might struck u…but i am htc fan…or better to say i am on the edge to be ex one bcs htc is doing terrible jobe from m8…
            PS. Right now Htc offers in my country A9 in one colour and its 2/16gb version, for exactly 93 000 dinars (780$)

          • Ismail Akram

            2015 wasn’t an HTC year I can see that but I don’t see 2016 will bring anything new from other OEMs too.. everything will be incremental. HTC didn’t do well is not entirely HTC mistake, its Qualcomm.. When M9 came my only expectations was better battery life and faster performance. which SD810 ruined it even its built on 20nm. other thing HTC is really bad at is camera.. About pricing well its different everywhere… where I’m its always priced as samsung do.. If I’ve to choose any chines brand I would rather go for oneplus instead of oppo, probably cuz that have worse repute here.. they are consider as poor people phones.. like iPhone rich people phone… then comes Samsung, HTC, LG in middle.

          • Goran

            Better remeber companies like oppo, vivo and especially LeTv….u will see…all of them will become Htc sooner than Htc will go back where it was. And its not true that only sd 810 ruined m9. M9 was a disaster….even worse phone than m8. Mediocrity specs and biiiig price. I am shure that pricing is also one of bigest reasons why htc is where it is now. They act like noone can make as good phone as they can…and sense isnt in front of all other softwares as it used to be. All have shown that well made device with good specs can be made and sold under lower prices. I am afraid Htc can not compete with others….what they offer for their price….not many people will buy theirs.
            PS. Its ignorance to consider oppo cheep….pure ignorance. They all make devices from lower to top models. Their top device offers more than any htc. Vivo has best audio chip ever used in one phone and makes thinest phones in the world. U will hear more from them in the future and their top devices are also not cheep. Not at all. But cheeper than Htc…thats not hard:)

          • Ismail Akram

            you saying no one should get Apple products cuz they are crazy expensive.. everyone should go for cheap phones. even you didn’t mention but Apple is most expensive brand I know in smartphone world(which matters a lot). you keep praising oppo but still no one know oppo for sound.. HTC failed but still everyone compare sound with HTC phones. I would rather choose Motorola, LG than oppo.. but that doesn’t matter what I choose or what you choose.. its our own choices. This year I started with Nexus 6p, Then Note 4, HTC One M9 then S6, S6 edge green, Note 5 then S6 edge+ then iphone 6s then back to HTC One M8 and have Nexus 6p, Moto X pure edition is on the way.. but from last month I’m using M8 as daily driver.. every phone I’ve mentioned have better display, or features but its HTC who fills my software related requirements. I won’t keep using HTC forever as an other Nexus 6p my aunt bringing from USA and also moto x.. but I know how much I like other phones in software I still love HTC.. and I don’t feel so great about chines mobile. yes they are great. but when you spend money you also buy feel along with it.. and oppo, vivo, leTV brings nothing for me .

          • Goran

            Hahaha…nexus 6p was out this year in october….how could u start 2015 with it ..hahaha….these are not socks….hahaha what is wrong with u? God….

          • Ismail Akram

            You are a morron without common sense.

          • Ismail Akram

            You are a morron without common sense. Now laugh harder.

          • Goran

            Hahahaha…coming from compulsive layer….its a compliment. …hahahaha

          • Ismail Akram

            What you call a thing which you buy for $400-600 and no one buy back or buy at half price? that makes difference.. thats where brand value come into play.. I don’t see oppo, LeTv, vivo what ever you call em you can sell.. Apple > Samsung > HTC > LG > Sony thats how is here

  • HTC is off track again

  • Chandan G Bond

    Wish they’d have snuck up a fingerprint reader.. Still, looks great on paper.. Hope it’ll be good !

  • Ismail Akram

    Only thing this lacking is SoC. if it had SD652 it would have been awesome device(yes expensive too) at least then we have real fast charging.. I like the design of device.

    • FYLegend21

      Mediatek does have their own fast charging technology (Pump Express and later Pump Express Plus), but It’s a shame HTC didn’t include it in their older Mediatek devices such as E9+ and M9+. For audiophiles, Mediatek has the advantage because Wolfson DAC is integrated into the SoC, although recently more manufacturers are adding dedicated DACs into their devices.

      I was considering getting the M9+ Supreme Camera edition in Taiwan, as the OIS and image quality is much better than M9 and M9+, but as I do play some games the GPU seems disappointing and no quick charging also held me back. I decided to get the Xperia Z5.

      • Ismail Akram

        Yes thats sad, I could live with less powerful GPU but without fast charging is hard, else I think M9+ supreme is really great phone.. just its SoC need to be replaced.. more over M9+ is on sale here now its cost only $550 or less.. but I’d be getting X9 if comes around $400 in my country.. I hope next HTC flagship take front cues from X9 for stereo speakers. and put fingerprint sensor on back as it was on HTC One Maxx

      • Ismail Akram

        Next HTC should have look like X9, SD820, AMOLED display(I can live with 1080p display if battery is awesome), stereo speakers, RAM 3GB.. but I would now like to see faster internal storage in HTC phone like of iPhone 6s or Galaxy UFS 2.0 like.. BTW if HTC can really do with camera it would be awesome.. only thing HTC lacking or will have hard time be camera… will have improved camera I’m sure but main is can it compete with like of Samsung, LG or iPhone camera