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HTC One X9 vs HTC One A9: Taiwanese Mid-Range Face-Off

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The China-only HTC One X9 has recently been unveiled. In terms of price and specs, it sits closer to the HTC One A9 than the flagship One M9.

It is priced at $370, which is much more affordable than the One M9 and cheaper than the $450 mid-range One A9. The 5.5-inch display it wears differentiates it from the A9 and others in HTC’s One series that usually come at 5.0 inches. The X9 has 401ppi while the A9 has 441ppi, the difference being due to respective display sizes.

Instead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 which powers the A9, the X9 runs on a Helio X10 from MediaTek and has 3GB RAM.

It is bigger in other ways as well. The X9’s 32GB internal storage is complemented by microSD support of up to a whopping 2TB and an extra Nano SIM slot. The equivalent A9 goes up to 200GB in comparison.

The rear camera in the X9 and the A9 are the same, having optical image stabilization to pair with a humble 13MP. The X9 has an UltraPixel front camera which is supposedly a darling in low-light conditions, whereas the A9 has a 4MP front shooter.

Where it thrives and where the One A9 fails is the inclusion of HTC’s Dolby BoomSound front-facing speakers, and like the A9 it comes out of the box with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The A9, however, has a fingerprint sensor which the X9 lacks.