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HTC One X9 hands-on and first impressions

Will the HTC One X9's mid-range specs and smooth metal design be enough to tempt buyers?

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Along with launching the flagship HTC 10 smartphone in India, the company also launched a mid-ranger called the One X9. The smartphone was first launched in China last year, followed by a global unveiling at MWC 2016 earlier this year. More than three months later, the One X9 has arrived in India with a price tag of Rs 25,990. We spent some time with the HTC One X9 recently, and here are our first impressions. Also Read - HTC Desire 20+ launched with 48-megapixel quad rear camera setup

Also Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite smartphone design leaks online

The One X9 is a distinctively HTC smartphone, and even without the logos one would be able to guess which company the device belongs to. The design is what HTC calls ‘metalmorphic’, and it features a full metal body with smooth curves. With a 5.5-inch display, the One X9 is not what you will call compact, and it also feels a bit heavy in your hands. Also Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite listed on Google Play Console

htc-one-x9-hands-on-2The front is dominated by the 5.5-inch screen with the navigational buttons at the bottom and the BoomSound speakers at the edges of the front panel. The back is quite spartan in contrast and only features the camera, LED flash and the HTC logo etched at the center. The edge include the power button with a textured feel to it, volume rocker, microSD card slot and the SIM card slot.

The HTC One X9 flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) super LCD display with 401ppi pixel density and Gorilla Glass protection. In the short time we spent with the smartphone, the display was quite vibrant and was legible under direct sunlight. The One X9 is powered by a MediaTek Helio x10 64-bit octa-core chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. Performance was largely smooth and we didn’t come across any visible lags during our usage.

htc-one-x9-hands-on-3On the One X9’s highlights is its photographic capabilities. The smartphone is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, optical image stabilization (OIS) and 4K video recording capabilities. Up front, there is an Ultrapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and full HD (1080p) video recording capabilities. While performance was good enough when clicking photos in a well lit caf , we will reserve our judgments till we have reviewed the smartphone.

The smartphone is also equipped with a 3,000mAh battery that HTC says is good enough to survive up to 15 hours of talktime and up to 744 hours on standby mode. We will put these claims to test in our review. The battery also supports fast charging, which is a welcome feature.

The HTC One X9 also features 32GB built-in storage, microSD card slot with support for cards up to 2TB, and connectivity options like dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE support, and NFC. It also boasts a dedicated Sensor Hub that HTC first introduced in the One (M8), which helps in keeping the phone s sensors ticking without draining too much power. On the software front, it runs on Android Marshmallow wrapped under Sense UI.

htc-one-x9-hands-on-5The HTC One X9 then seems like an interesting device, but when you consider the current trends, it does come across as a bit over-priced. At Rs 25,990, the smartphone has been placed in a territory that includes the likes of the OnePlus 2 and the Xiaomi Mi 5 to name a few. These smartphones not only offer better set of specifications, but also features like fingerprint scanner that is missing on HTC’s smartphone.

We are not dismissing the One X9 right away or passing any final judgments at the moment. We will reserve them till we have put the smartphone through our rigorous review. Stay tuned!

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  • Published Date: June 6, 2016 7:00 PM IST
  • Updated Date: June 6, 2016 7:05 PM IST


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