HTC has been in a position to do nicely within the premium section with its One sequence of Android smartphones, and extra lately with the HTC 10, which additionally scored nicely in our review. The Taiwanese firm has, nevertheless, confronted stiff challenges within the mid-range section from the likes of OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Oppo.
HTC earlier this 12 months targeted its energies in the direction of the mid-range section with its metal-clad HTC One A9 smartphone, which was fairly nicely acquired. Now, the corporate is attempting to repeat that success with the extra inexpensive HTC One X9, which additionally has a metallic physique and affords spectacular specs beneath the hood. Will it be capable to match the likes of the Le Max 2 and Xiaomi Mi 5? We attempt to discover out in our overview.
HTC One X9 design and construct
When seen from a distance, the entrance of the HTC One X9 appears extra in keeping with the corporate’s Need vary. Happily, the similarity ends there. The One X9 has an all-metal rear that appears extra spectacular and makes it very clear that the handset is supposed to be a little bit extra premium.
The entrance is dominated by glass that curves across the edges. We get the three backlit capacitive buttons beneath the show for Again, Residence, and Latest. HTC branding may be seen above the show, with the entrance digital camera to 1 aspect. HTC confirms that it has used Corning Gorilla Glass for the entrance. The twin speaker grilles on the high and backside of the entrance panel are nicely designed and add to the cellphone’s appears.
The rear panel has antenna bands operating throughout the highest and backside, whereas the digital camera and twin LED flash may be seen within the high left nook. There’s additionally extra HTC branding within the center.
The ability and quantity buttons are on the best together with a SIM card slot, whereas the left has one other slot the place the second Nano-SIM and microSD card may be inserted. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on high, whereas the Micro-USB port is on the underside.
The One X9 contains a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Tremendous LCD show with a density of 401ppi. We discovered the show to be vibrant and crisp. Color copy is first rate with good black ranges and acceptable daylight legibility. The twin HTC BoomSound audio system and Dolby Audio Encompass enhancement made watching movies and enjoying video games pleasurable.
At 7.99mm, the One X9 is skinny for telephones with screens this dimension, and its rounded sides make it straightforward to carry and use with one hand. It’s nevertheless barely heavy at 170 grams and the metallic again will get slippery particularly in case your palms begin getting sweaty. This cellphone will likely be obtainable in Carbon Gray, which we acquired for overview, and Opal Silver. General, the HTC One X9 feels premium for its worth and is nicely designed with no pointless additions.
HTC One X9 specs and software program
The HTC One X9 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. There may be 32GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable by as much as 2TB utilizing a microSD card. There’s a 13-megapixel rear digital camera and a 5-megapixel digital camera on the entrance. The One X9 helps Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Glonass, Miracast, and 4G LTE Cat. 4 with obtain speeds of as much as 150Mbps and add speeds of as much as 50Mbps. It helps FDD Band 3 and 5 in addition to TDD Band 40. There’s a 3000mAh battery with fast charging help.
The HTC One X9 runs the corporate’s Sense UI on high of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This model of Sense UI feels very gentle in comparison with earlier HTC telephones launched even a 12 months in the past. There may be much less bloatware and HTC has targeted on Google’s suite of apps comparable to Search, Drive, Pictures, Hangouts, and Chrome. Even the Fast Settings toggles sport a extra inventory Android really feel. There’s a Themes app for tweaking and downloading new themes, wallpapers, and ringtones from HTC.
The Zoe video editor is current and lets individuals edit recorded movies. You possibly can select whether or not or to not use the BlinkFeed information reader on the house display screen. We seen Marshmallow options comparable to Now on Faucet and app permissions. General, the HTC One X9 felt straightforward to make use of with the brand new Sense UI being very person pleasant and fluid. It undoubtedly felt much less cluttered than the skins that different producers comparable to Oppo and Huawei ship their telephones with.
HTC One X9 efficiency
Powered by the Helio X10 SoC, the One X9 dealt with multitasking with ease. Video games comparable to Want for Velocity: No Limits and Useless Set off 2 ran nicely and there was no noticeable lag. The handset tends to get heat after lengthy gaming periods, however not past traditional limits.
We nevertheless seen slight delays when launching apps at instances, which felt odd. Through the course of our overview, we additionally skilled occasional app crashes which was disappointing for a cellphone at this worth. The handset was in a position to maintain on to 4G networks with out points, and calls have been clear.
We favored the BoomSound audio system on the One X9 which provided up crisp sound. The bundled earphones have been okay, with first rate bass supply.
The HTC One X9 impressed us with its benchmark scores. It achieved 59,661 in AnTuTu and of 24,247 in Quadrant. In GFXBench’s T-Rex On Display take a look at, the HTC One X9 managed a framerate of 26fps which is significantly increased than the HTC One A9 which managed 17fps in the identical take a look at. The cellphone additionally received a rating of 4,462 in 3DMark Ice Storm Limitless.
The 13-megapixel rear digital camera on the One X9 has a BSI sensor, optical picture stabilisation (OIS), an f/2.0 aperture, and a dual-tone LED flash. Considered one of its largest highlights is its capacity to file movies at 4K at 30fps. The digital camera app additionally affords a Professional mode that provides handbook controls and allows you to take pictures in RAW format. There is a Selfie timer that enables a 10-second delay. Different options embrace HDR mode, Panorama mode (as much as 270 levels), steady capturing, hyperlapse, and sluggish movement video recording at 120 fps. As with different HTC telephones, the amount buttons act as zoom buttons.
The digital camera was fast to focus, however there was noticeable shutter lag. Pictures taken beneath well-lit circumstances often got here out crisp with impartial colors, although some have been barely blurry. The face detection operate labored nicely. In low gentle, efficiency was disappointing, and we might see noise all through in pictures. The entrance 5-megapixel digital camera took some respectable selfies, however this is not the very best efficiency we have seen at this worth degree.
The HTC One X9 ran for 10 hours and 45 minutes in our video loop take a look at, which is first rate for a cellphone with a battery of this dimension. Efficiency in abnormal utilization nevertheless was a bit beneath par, because the cellphone was unable to present us a complete day of battery life.
With gentle utilization, the cellphone gave us round 12 to 14 hours of runtime earlier than the battery dipped beneath 20 % and we had swap to an influence saving mode. We have been particularly upset with battery efficiency when utilizing apps like Google Maps. Fast charging help got here in useful numerous instances. The One X9 took barely over two hours to cost absolutely, which isn’t dangerous.
The HTC One X9 was launched in India again in Could at a worth of Rs. 25,990, however solely went on sale in July and is at the moment obtainable for round Rs. 23,990. This cellphone’s metallic physique and good show efficiency make for bundle. Nevertheless, the digital camera and battery life are disappointing and, total, it is not very straightforward to suggest the X9 with extra highly effective competitors just like the Xiaomi Mi 5 and Le Max 2 at across the similar worth level.