Taiwan-based HTC, which of late has been creating buzz with regard to releasing smartphones that are specifically pitted against certain high-end/mid-range handsets, recently announced the release of the One X9 that is yet another pure mid-ranger priced at a staggering AED 1,600 in the UAE.
With its price-tag on the higher side, HTC’s One X9 still managed to generate interest among people, in the UAE, considering the fact that the smartphone was even pitted as an “Asian smartphone” apparently targeted at certain markets of the world. However, the One X9 would also be available in geographies such as the US and India.
We recently checked-out the HTC One X9, at a live demo session in a leading retail store in Dubai. Having used the phone, the handset seems to be a pretty ordinary offering in terms of both tech-specs and performance. The One X9 could still be purchased by those having money to burn more than those preferring value-for-money smartphones.
Display: The HTC One X9 features a 5.5-inch touchscreen, with resolutions of 1080 x 1920 pixels and with a pixel density of 401 pixels-per-inch (ppi). The display is protected by a Gorilla Glass outer casing. Image rendering and formation seemed good, but what is disappointing is the below par pixel density that tones down the overall sharpness of images.
Processor and Memory: The HTC One X9 is driven by an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU within a MediaTek MT6795 SoC. Under-the-hood, the phone also features a 3GB RAM and 32 GB default internal storage that is expandable up to 200 GB via an SD card. During our testing, minor performance lags were noticed on multiple occasions especially in multi-tasking/multi-application usage scenarios.
Camera: The smartphone features a 13MP camera on the rear, and a 5Mp camera at the front. The rear camera enables 2160p video recording at 30 frames-per-second (fps). The front snapper lets users record 1080p videos at 30fps.
The operating system, software, and UI: HTC’s One X9 runs on the newer Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating platform. During testing of the smartphone, the UI seemed to be pretty decent as navigation was relatively hassle-free throughout our test duration.
Battery: The One X9 is powered by a 3,000 mAh fixed Lithium-Ion battery. Unfortunately, we did not record the actual backup-time offered, as we did not possess the handset for such a long duration.
Verdict: Overall, the HTC One X9 is an average performer. HTC loyalists (and buyers) could go in for the One A9 instead.