HTC One X9 marries premium metal look with affordable price tag
If you’re holding your breath for the HTC One M10, well, make sure you’ve got somewhere soft to fall when you pass out, as we’re not going to be seeing the company’s 2016 Android flagship at MWC this week. But even if the big news will have to wait for later, HTC’s not a company to let an expo like this pass it by, and today the manufacturer has news about a collection of four new Androids. Let’s get started with one of the snazziest of the bunch, the new One X9.
This is hardware we’ve seen before, with the handset first breaking cover back in December, but HTC seems to be almost re-launching it in an effort to build up buzz around its further global spread.
The One X9 fills a spot in HTC’s lineup for users who want a phone that looks and feels premium, while maybe not being ready to drop flagship-level bucks on an unquestionably top-of-the-line handset. To that end, we’re looking at specs like a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, MediaTek Helio X10 SoC, and 3GB of RAM – really solid stuff, but maybe not what we’d expect from a phone like the One M10.
That said, we do get some really nice features like stereo BoomSound speakers, an optically stabilized 13MP main camera (5MP front-facer), and a good-sized 3000mAh battery – compare that to the 2150mAh component on the One A9. Like other HTC phones before it, the One X9 gets its own HTC Dot View II case.
HTC intends to sell the phone in Carbon Grey, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold, and Copper Rose color options, each featuring finely textured metal that gives the phones what HTC calls “the look and feel of high end silk.” Sales are targeted at both North Asia and EMEA regions, with availability getting underway later this month. Pricing in China, at least, works out to the equivalent of about $370.