The smartphone industry is not one where secrets are well kept. HTC is a very good example of it. Long before the device’s release date, we get to see a glimpse or sometimes more than that of the device. We say so because a device that was talked and rumored about a lot, the HTC One X9 has finally been released in India.
Although the device was released earlier in major smartphone markets like USA and Europe the manufacturers have just started shipping it to Asian countries like India and China. We had our fair share of time with the X9 so here’s a review of the same.
In The Box:-
- HTC One X9
- Protective Case
- USB Cable
- User Manual & Warranty Card
Dimensions: 153.9 X 75.9 X 8 mm
Weight: 170 g
Display: 5.5’, 1080 X 1920 pixels, 401 ppi
OS: Android v6.0
Processor: MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10
CPU: Octa-Core Cortex A53
GPU: Power VR G6200
RAM: 3 GB
Storage: 32 GB, expandable upto 256 GB
Camera: 13 MP rear with dual-tone LED flash, 5 MP front
Battery: 3000 mAh Li-ion battery
Design & Feel
When it comes to the HTC One X9, the first thing you’ll notice is that the device is very similar to the HTC One A9 which was released some time back. The device was in news for its strikingly similar looks to the iPhone 6s. With pretty much the same looks, the HTC One X9 comes with an all metal body.
The camera lens and the LED are tucked away on the top left corner of the back on a different colored strip that the rest of the body. Another interesting feature here is the dual speakers which combined with the Dolby audio interface makes for a great movie watching experience.
The device feels nice in hand though people with small hands might face problems with holding the device in hand as it is a large one. HTC has not given extra attention to the screen to body ratio.
Some people might feel that the screen could have had a better resolution in that price range but the 401 ppi would satisfy most. The color reproduction on the screen is very nice and the screen works well outdoors too on full brightness. However, you might face problems using the smartphone in direct sunlight.
With a powerful chipset Helio X10 chipset paired with 3 GB of RAM and Android v6.0 running on the device, the device performs quite decently. We ran some pretty heavy games and other software like photo and video editing to test the device’s performance capabilities and we were not disappointed. The device did warm up a little when we played games for long periods but that was nothing that would make one uncomfortable.
AnTuTu Benchmark Score comes out to be 58026:-
The device also happens multi-tasking very well will no to little lag in performance. In our usage, we noticed Zero cases of force close or freeze. The UI is also very user friendly and allows for many customization options for the user.
A 13 MP f/2.0, 28 mm, autofocus, OIS snapper on the back which is capable of recording videos at a resolution of 2160 pixels at 30fps paired with the front facing 5 MP f/2.8 34 mm make up for a nice camera couple. The Primary camera works exceptionally well outdoors and in good lighting.
However, nothing can be all good. As the lights level start to drop, the colors start to miss out from the pictures. There also appears to be some grain in low light photos but that only happens in very low light so that shouldn’t be a problem. The OIS is a nice feature for all those of you with shaky hands and also helps in clicking moving or shaking objects.
The secondary 5 MP camera unit performed well and fulfilled your social networking needs.
Some pictures that we clicked using the phone:
Rear Camera Sample Pictures:
Front Camera Sample Shot:
All in all, the HTC One X9 really stands out as a device that offers the users everything they ask for. From the way it feels in hand to the way it handles multitasking, the device is a charm to use. The metal build gives it a premium finish and the boom sound speakers are a delight to listen to. However, the only thing unknown about the device is its price which we are guessing won’t be pocket friendly. If the price is not too high, the One X9 becomes a really good competitor in the ideal smartphone race.
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