Launched back in December 2015, the HTC One X9 was showcased by the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. Being the company's latest mid-range smartphone, the One X9 comes in direct competition with the recently-launched One A9.
The HTC One X9 has a 5.5-inch FULL HD Super LCD display and is powered by the Mediatek Helio X10 processor. Coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, the One X9 also sports a 3,000 mAh battery to power all these internals.
But is the HTC One X9 better than the HTC One A9? Here are six points to prove that!
A bigger battery
The HTC One A9 was launched with a mediocre 2,150 mAh battery that was bashed by users to have below average performance. HTC has supposedly listened to all the complaints and the One X9 now comes with a decent 3,000 mAh battery unit. While not enough to last you the whole day on high usage, it will give you juice for a longer time than the One A9.
A faster processor
The One X9 is powered by the Mediatek Helio X10 processor. With eight Cortex A53 cores, clocked at 2.2 GHz, this is one device that is sure to deliver top notch performance in terms of processing speeds. Compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset powering the One A9, the processor on the One X9 is much faster and battery efficient. While the Helio X20 has been launched this year at MWC, the X10 is still a great choice for mid-range smartphones.
Larger form factor and display
With larger than average bezels, the HTC One X9 is definitely a phablet by all means. Made for users who are media buffs, the Full HD 5.5-inch screen seems like a delight to watch videos and play games on. The HTC One A9 has a more compact form factor due to the 5-inch display on the smartphone. So, if you watch majority of all your entertainment on your mobile, the One X9 is definitely the better choice.
Dual-SIM card support
For users that need to use multiple cellular connections for work and personal use, a smartphone with a single SIM slot is a liability. The HTC One X9 has a dual-SIM slot (dual standby) that supports two nano SIM cards simultaneously. This feature is missing on the One A9 with only a single Nano SIM card supported at any given time.
A different front camera
HTC has tried to make an identity for itself, in the mobile camera segment, with their patented Ultrapixel sensor, for the past couple of years. With the HTC One X9, they have supposedly ditched the strategy and the phone comes with the standard 5-Megapixel sensor, compared to the 4 Ultrapixel sensor on the One A9. While Ultrapixel is a great concept, HTC probably couldn't manage to equip it with equally stable image stabilizers and camera software.
Better screen quality? For some at least
For users who like to delve into the intricate details of the smartphone, the HTC One X9 sports a Super LCD display, compared to the AMOLED display on the One A9. The major difference here is that the LCD screen has a backlight - which provides light to all pixels simultaneously - and the AMOLED screen provides different light to different pixels. A Super LCD screen is, therefore, brighter, and the AMOLED screen on the One A9 has better blacks and contrast ratios.