HTC’s One X9 has a lot of expectations to fill, given that it is set to enter a highly competitive price bracket, which is between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000. Competitive not only in terms of what other phones in this segment have to offer, but also in terms of the sheer number of options available for the potential buyer.
So where does the HTC One X9 stand with a price tag of Rs 25,990? We find out.
HTC’s One A9 drew some flak given its resemblance to Apple’s iPhone (or it was the other way around according to HTC), the One X9 on the other hand has less of a resemblance to the iPhone, and is one of the best looking phones in its price range. The 8 mm-thick full-metal unibody design, with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of over 70%, looks neat and classy. The volume rockers have good feedback. As the lock/power button has texture, it is easy to recognise by simply sliding your finger over it.
You also get two Nano sim card slots, both of which support 4G LTE. The expandable memory supports memory cards of capacity up to 2 TB, whereas the internal memory is 32 GB. The screen is a 1080p (full HD) 5.5 inch Super LCD capacitive screen with pixel density of 401 PPI (pixels per inch), which is protected by curved edge Gorilla Glass. And yes, it gets a LED notification light.
Power users will not have a problem with the battery life as the 3,000 mAh battery easily lasts through the day and supports fast charging (5V/1.5A). Gamers too will find that the phone is capable of taking on graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8 with ease thanks to ample firepower from the MediaTek Helio X10 Octa-core processor and 3 GB of RAM, although it does warm up a little bit upon prolonged gaming.
The dual front facing speakers are loud, clear and come with HTC’s Boom Sound and Dolby Audio Surround.
In terms of optics, the primary 13 megapixel camera comes loaded with Auto-focus, BSI sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), HDR, Face detection, and is supported by a dual-tone LED flash. It can shoot slow-motion videos, Hyper lapse and videos in 4K resolution.
X9 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the latest HTC Sense UI, so expecting it to get Android 7.0, whenever it comes out, won’t be wrong.
What’s Not So Cool
The 5 megapixel front camera can record videos in 1080p (Full HD) but we were not too happy with the processed photos as they tend to get grainy under low light.
As good as the design may look, the phone lacks grip when in hand and can be too slippery sometimes. The front side of the phone, being all-glass, is also a smudge magnet.
Cost cutting by HTC becomes evident when you notice that some of the features, which are usually expected in a phone at this price, are missing, like a fingerprint sensor, or a USB Type-C port.
The processor is also comparatively mediocre, when you pit the HTC One X9 against its competitors like the Xiaomi Mi 5, which offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset.
HTC’s latest product competes against the likes of Xiamo Mi 5 and the One Plus 3, which have been able to catch a lot of attention in the market lately.
Overall, the phone is right up there against the competition in terms of how it looks. It might even beat the competition for some, but falls short in a few areas and may seem pricey. Despite missing out on some features that it shouldn’t have, it still has a lot of things going for it and at Rs 25,990, we would say that HTC has definitely introduced a strong contender into the market and is worth checking out if you are looking for a phone that can do good job at handling your everyday needs in a slim, well-designed package.