HTC One X9 Dual SIM first impressions: stylish, but lacks the X-factor

“The HTC One X9 Dual SIM features a 13MP OIS camera and a MediaTek Helio X10”

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In December last year, HTC introduced its new mid-range smartphone, the One X9. The device boasted a 1080p display, a metal body and an UltraPixel front camera. At its media briefing at MWC yesterday, the brand launched the dual-SIM variant of the One X9, which offers pretty much the same specs as the single-SIM variant, except that the UltraPixel camera is replaced by a regular 5MP unit.

We spent some time with the device at the launch event, and here’s our first impressions.

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The One X9 features a 5.5-inch display, but HTC has tried to reduce the footprint of the device by minimising the bezels. It’s done this by moving the BoomSound speakers at the top and bottom to the extreme edges of the frame, and keeping the thickeness to 8mm. The screen features full HD resolution, and is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass. Above the display resides the front camera, earpiece, sensors and HTC branding. The navigation keys are laid out on the bezel below the screen, and are backlit as well. The One X9 features well rounded corners and a metal frame that lends it some premiumness. HTC is calling this a ‘Metalmorphic’ design, and is offering the One X9 in a choice of four colours – Opal Silver, Carbon Grey, Topaz Gold and Copper Rose.  

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On the right spine you’ll find the power button, volume rocker and a flap that conceals a nano-SIM card tray. The right side features a similar flap, and this one reveals both a nano-SIM card and microSD card slot. The bottom edge of the device houses the micro-USB port, while the top features the 3.5mm headphone jack. The back panel sports an oval metal plate at the very top, and holds the primary 13MP camera and dual-tone LED flash. The camera on the One X9 is the same unit seen on the One A9, which means you get f/2.0 aperture, 27.9mm focal length, OIS and 4K video recording. 

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Powering the One X9 is an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 chipset, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Our demo unit had a 2GB RAM/16GB ROM configuration however, and we expect HTC will release either two variants or one variant depending on the region. The final retail version of the device will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC’s Sense UI on top, but our demo unit was still running Lollipop.  

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The One X9 is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery that supports fast charging. In terms of the connectivity options, it features Cat. 4 LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC (region-specific), DLNA, Miracast, and the HTC Connect streaming interface.  The One X9 will begin rolling out in Asia and Europe by the end of the month. We’ll update you on India-specific price and availability details when we have them.
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