HTC Shows off the One X9 and new Fashionable Design models at Mobile World Congress

HTC Shows off the One X9 and new Fashionable Design models at Mobile World Congress

This year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is bringing us the latest flagship models from the likes of Samsung and LG (the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5, respectively), and we’re likely to see more from Sony tomorrow.

However, one company has been rather silent this year. HTC stunned the Android tech world by announcing the company would hold off on unveiling the next phone in their flagship device series (the HTC One M10). It’s hard to yet say if this is a wise move, but it’s undeniable that HTC would be competing with LG, Samsung, and Sony for media coverage and there’s only so much information consumers can handle in a few days.

But that doesn’t mean the company has nothing to offer its smartphone customers. Indeed, the company has opted to beef up its mid-range and specialist smartphone lineup with the unveiling of the HTC One X9 and three new HTC Desire smartphones: the Desire 530, Desire 630, and Desire 825.


HTC One X9

Credits: James Vincent/The Verge

Credits: James Vincent/The Verge

TechnologySpecifications
Display5.5″ Super LCD @ 1080p (401ppi) with Gorilla Glass
SoCMediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 (octa-core Cortex-A53)
RAM3 GB
Storage32 GB onboard, with micro-SD expansion slot
Camera13 MP, f/2.0 aperture, 27.9mm focal length. Records up to 4K video.
ConnectivityDual sim
AudioDual front-facing BoomSound speakers
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense UI
ColorsCarbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold, and Cooper Rose

The One X9 is HTC’s latest mid-range offering. While it doesn’t offer flagship specs, the One X9 excels where HTC has traditionally excelled at – the design. The device offers a brushed metal back that should feel soft and glossy in the palm of your hand.

HTC is continuing its “metalmorphic” design philosophy with smooth metal curves and finishes. The device resembles the One A9 from the end of 2015, but with more side buttons and flaps for the expansion slots and a camera flush with the back of the device. The phone has dual front-facing speakers and three capacitive buttons on the bottom.

The phone will go on sale in several North Asian markets and a few European, African, and Middle Eastern nations. HTC has not mentioned a price for this device, but given the specs they’ve included it’s likely to be priced competitively with other mid-rangers.


HTC Desire 530, 630, and 825

Credits: GSMArena

Credits: GSMArena

 

TechnologyDesire 530Desire 630Desire 825
Display5″ Super LCD @ 720p5″ Super LCD @ 720p5.5″ Super LCD @ 720p
Processor1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2101.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 4001.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM1.5 GB2 GB2 GB
Storage16 GB16 GB16 GB
MicroSDUp to 2TBUp to 2TBUp to 2TB
ConnectivityMicroUSB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.1
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
NFC (availability varies by region)
MicroUSB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.1
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
MicroUSB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.1
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Cameras8MP rear camera
5MP front camera
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
BatteryNon-removable 2200mAhNon-removable 2200mAhNon-removable 2200mAh

Fast-charing

SIMNano SIMDual Nano SIMSingle / Dual Nano SIM
SoundHTC BoomSound profile for headsetHi-Res Audio certified
HTC BoomSound profile for headset
Dolby Audio 5
HTC BoomSound speaker

Hi-Res Audio certified

Dolby Audio 5

SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC SenseAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC SenseAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense
Dimensions146.9 x 70.9 x 8.3mm
140g
146.9 x 70.9 x 8.3mm
140g
156.9 x 76.9 x 7.4mm
155g
ColorsGraphite Grey, Solid Stratus WhiteStratus White Remix with duo color micro splash, Graphite Gray Remix with gold micro splashStratus White Remix with duo color micro splash, Graphite Gray Remix with gold micro splash

Credits to AndroidAuthority’s Jimmy Westenberg for compiling these specs

HTC’s Desire lineup is aimed to please consumers looking to purchase an eye-popping smartphone. HTC states that the inspiration for the design comes from “urban street wear.” They’ve come up with a micro splash effect on the back of the polycarbonate casing. The Desire 630 and 825 will be available in what HTC calls “Stratus White Remix” with a duo colored micro splash and a color called “Graphite Grey Remix” with a gold-painted micro splash effect. The Desire 530 will only be offered in Graphite Grey and Solid Stratus White solid block colors.

These phones are beautifully designed and should be a good choice for consumers who are looking for an aesthetically pleasing design on their phone. Just don’t slap on a case if you want others to have a glimpse at your phone. But if you really wanted to, you can get a specially made two-tone snap case from HTC that fits the aesthetics of the phone. Oh, and you can also pick up a colorful lanyard if that’s what you want.

HTC Desire Phones 2

While you do get the latest version of Android in the form of 6.0 Marshmallow, the specs are fairly mid-range. You get all of HTC’s standard bells and whistles like HTC’s SensorHub and BoomSound on top of HTC’s custom Sense UI. The processors, RAM, and storage capacities are nothing to write home about but should satisfy the average customer. Hopefully we’ll see this kind of design aesthetic make its way into higher end flagships in the future, but for now you’ll have to make some spec sacrifices to get your hands on a fashionable smartphone. Keep a look out for the device to make its way to retailers and on HTC’s website sometime during March. We don’t have pricing information yet, but expect a slight cut above standard mid-range pricing due to the premium HTC will likely charge for the design.

 

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Mishaal Rahman
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