HTC One X9 Dual SIM In-Depth Review

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.

HTC One X9

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
  • Charger
  • 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


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.

HTC One X9 Front

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.

HTC One X9 Back

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.

Left Side of HTC One X9


Right Side of HTC One X9


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:-

HTC One X9 AnTuTu Benchmark Score

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.

HTC One X9 Camera

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:

HTC One X9

Sample Morning shot with HTC One X9 (Image resized for web)

Sample shot with HTC One X9 (Image resized for web)

Sample shot with HTC One X9 (Image resized for web)

Sample Evening shot with HTC One X9 (Image resized for web)

Sample Evening shot with HTC One X9 (Image resized for web)

Sample Night shot with HTC One X9 (Image resized for web)

Sample Night shot with HTC One X9 (Image resized for web)

Front Camera Sample Shot:

Sample Selfie Shot using HTC One X9 (Image resized for web)

Sample Selfie Shot using HTC One X9 (Image resized for web)


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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