HTC announces the One X9, a 5.5-inch Android device with capacitive navigation buttons

HTC One X9

The often-leaked HTC One X9 has finally been officially revealed. Announced today at a press event in China, this midrange smartphone is set to retail for 2399 Yuan (approximately $512 CAD). According to an HTC spokesperson, the company has no plans to release the phone outside China.

The phone features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, MediaTek’s X10 Helio SoC, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, a front-facing UltraPixel camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. In terms of connectivity, it comes equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi AC modules.

Besides its all-metal design and capable internal hardware, the One X9 is is interesting because it’s a bit of a throwback for HTC and Android phones in general. Instead of on-screen back, home and multitasking buttons, the One X9 features those same commands as capacitive, physical buttons, a popular smartphone trend in China. According to 9to5Google, HTC was keen to point how this setup saves display real estate.