The HTC One A9 may not be the company’s final smartphone release of the year, and rumors are spreading about a device that’s being called the One X9. Initially leaked with a very strong spec sheet, subsequent gossip has hinted the phone won’t be quite as exciting, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay it any attention. Here’s what we think we know about the HTC One X9.
Updated on 12-15-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in newly leaked images.
A familiar design
Pictures of the HTC One X9 show a phone that looks more like a Huawei device — either the Nexus 6P or the P8 — matched with HTC’s familiar all-metal body. The specifications aren’t outstanding, but the metal body could separate the phone from other mid-range hardware, if HTC prices the phone correctly should it be released.
Images of the phone dressed in white leaked in mid-December, showing a plastic bump at the top edge of the back of the phone. You will also notice that the One X9 sports capacitive buttons instead of the onscreen layout found on the One A9. This is likely due to the fact that the One X9 lacks a fingerprint scanner. The last image in the gallery below shows a comparison with the One A9.
The first images of the phone leaked in November courtesy of TENAA, the Chinese equivalent of the FCC.
Specs may be mid and not high range
A listing on the TENAA website — a Chinese regulatory board — suggests the One X9 may not be the powerhouse we initially expected. The details, which are still unofficial, paint a more modest picture of the phone, starting with a 1080p, 5.5-inch screen.
The processor is supposedly a 2.2GHz octa-core chip, which may be the Snapdragon 820, but could also be MediaTek’s Helio X10, particularly because it’s supported by 2GB of RAM. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is listed as the OS, along with 16GB of internal memory, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
Early leaks made the One X9 sound very different
The phone listed on TENAA’s website is referred to as the One X9u, but earlier leaks made the phone sound considerably more exciting. Whether the leaked specs end up relating to a different phone remains to be seen, but it’s telling that the most recent leak was quickly removed from the Weibo social network on which it was posted.
The photo leak revealed some tantalizing hints about the One X9, which are very different from the most recent spec rumors. It suggested the phone would have a 5-inch 2,560 x 1,440-pixel display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, and a massive 4GB of RAM. The photo showed stereo Boomsound speakers on the front of the device.
Other notable rumored specs include a 23-megapixel camera and a 4-ultrapixel front-facing camera. The leaked promo didn’t show what version of Android the One X9 is running, but it appears to have capacitive buttons.
Whatever the situation with the One X9, we’ll keep you updated here on the latest developments.
Updated on 11-15-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in a details taken from a Chinese regulatory board filing