What the HTC One X9 is and isn’t according to three leakers

The HTC One A9 may go down as a wash for the Taiwanese OEM at a time when it could not afford to keep on the lather-and-rinse roll its been going through. Now, as we look down the HTC One pipeline, we’ve been seeing divided reports on what a new device, codenamed “E56,” might be packing.

This is an update to a story we posted earlier today and is also a great case study of how a leak gets incubated in such a short period.


Known muckraker entity nowhereelse out of France put up a post on Saturday suggesting that this HTC One X9 could be a step up from the One A9 in terms of device class. An unconfirmed, low-res press poster called out a high screen-to-body ratio, OIS on the camera and RAW support and the much-beloved, front-facing BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio enhancements. The phone itself also showed off the HTC logo placed on the top flank and the return of capacitive buttons to the bottom.

If it adds anything to the validity, the poster also includes HTC’s updated slogan, “Pursuit of Brilliance.” More to the speculation came from Weibo and the like:

  • There’s a five-inch-plus QHD display
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 or MediaTek’s Helio X20 were floated as the chipset, backed by 4GB of RAM.
  • In terms of cameras, there’s a 23-megapixel rear sensor and 4-megapixel front sensor
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • Two storage options: 64 or 128GB

Nowhereelese editor-in-chief Steve Hemmerstoffer capped the post with some doubt, “but who knows.”


Today — two days after Hemmerstoffer promoted his post on Twitter — Evan Blass responded to his tweet with contradictory material from his sources.

There was some dramatization and accusations against Hemmerstoffer of “clickbait” from an HTC fan that we’ll omit from our coverage here, but it does show that the internet can be a cruddy and cutthroat place. But the important detail left out in this rumor round was the HTC One X9 moniker. That led to talk that this E56 phone could be something in the Desire line.


MaximusHD ROM developer and occasional leaker LlabTooFeR decided to lay down a line-by-line rejection of what nowhereelse.fr pulled from Chinese social media.

Importantly, the tweets did not explicitly back evleaks’s claims. But specifically — while that last tweet redoubled bets on the One X9 name — it only served to puzzle us in terms of our understanding of the One series’s sub-branding hierarchy. And once we’re thinking about that kind of deep-level stuff, we’ve gone too far.

It’s about time we took our grain of salt (and you take yours) and wait until things solidify a bit.

Source: nowhereelse.fr
Via: Android and Me

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.