One thing we loved about the HTC One A9 was its size. Equipped with a 5-inch display, the phone’s overall footprint was terrific, about the perfect size for a smartphone—at least in our eyes. That said, HTC is apparently looking to go bigger, and according to a new leak, a bigger brother to the A9 is on the way.
To be clear, it looks like this new HTC phone will actually fall under the X9 classification, but based on the images above, it doesn’t appear to stray too far from the A9’s design. The only issue we see, however, is that there doesn’t appear to be a fingerprint sensor, which is becoming an increasingly important part of the mobile market. Instead, it appears the device will feature capacitive buttons, something that’s becoming much less frequent.
The leak comes courtesy of Chinese telecom regulator TENAA, which posted a handful of photos of the device. It looks exactly as you’d expect an HTC device to look (nice!), and only differs slightly from the A9’s design; the camera has been moved to the corner rather than being directly in the middle.
According to the listing, the X9 will feature a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera (5-megapixel front-facing), and a 5.5-inch Full HD display. Because this is showing up in China, we’re not exactly sure if this will see a global release, or if it’s simply meant to cater to the single largest mobile market in the world.
We’ve heard conflicting rumors about the X9 over the past month or so, with the most recent report claiming the device will be targeted at the low-end market, and see a release early next year. If it manages to come running Android Marshmallow out of the box, it could wind up being a very solid deal.
HTC hasn’t indicated any intentions to release the X9, so we’ll be on the look out for an official world.