November 14, 2015
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In the past week or two, the One X9 has seemingly taken over all news related to the HTC. Rumors and leaks have been flowing freely, and now we finally have some more concrete details, courtesy of China’s TENAA. The telecommunications agency has not only photographed the glorious gadget in a series of proper poses, but also revealed some of the specs:

The device looks to be retaining the flatter back side as seen in the HTC A9, as well as a return to BoomSound speakers. Perhaps more importantly however, the smartphone is also moving the company’s oft-criticized front branding to the top of the device. Onlookers will be perhaps disappointed, however, to note that the face of the phone has capacitive buttons, something that is more noteworthy for the fact that unlike the A9, no fingerprint sensor is present.

Specs reveal that the device has a Full HD 5.5-inch display, an unknown 2.2GHz Quad Core SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, and microSD support. The device is detailed as being 153.2mm X 75.9mm,  7.99mm thick, and weighs 174 grams.

The “other” part

For better or worse, these pictures will only serve to further the blossoming discourse that has begun, asserting that HTC has “copied” the Huawei Nexus 6P, or even the Lenovo PHAB Plus.  While that may ultimately be for the individual to decide, the Taiwnese company has made a point to remind people that it actually started the whole metal casing trend.

It is also worth pointing out, as some have commented, that HTC did have a “periscope bar” by the camera module some years ago with its HTC One V:

HTC One V

Wrap Up

Please note that, despite the fact the source is an official agency, regional variations and/or changes may still be possible to the device. Likewise, HTC itself has yet to officially announce anything yet, thus any concrete information regarding pricing and availability will need to wait until said PR event occurs.

With that said, any takers?

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