htc one a9x teaser

The HTC One A9 is a solid smartphone, but the company could have something even better up its sleeve. A new leak reveals plans for an alleged One X9 that could pack some pretty powerful hardware.

The teaser image popped up on Weibo this weekend where it was spotted by NoWhereElse editor Steve Hemmerstoffer, who has a talent for leaking new smartphones. The HTC One X9 seems to sport a design that’s somewhere between the A9 and its older models. It features a similar frame while moving the camera to the top left corner. HTC also replaced the physical home button with front-facing speakers.

The teaser mentions Dolby Audio, a smooth touch back, a powerful camera and a sharp display. Hemmerstoffer rattles off some possible specs as well, including a 5-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 or MediaTek Helio X20 chip, a 23-megapixel camera, a 3500mAh battery, 4GB of RAM and expandable storage.

We’re not really sure where any of those specs come from, though like we said Hemmerstoffer does have a pretty good track record. Still, we’d treat this entire rumor with a healthy dose of salt for now. It seems weird that HTC’s next big smartphone wouldn’t feature a fingerprint reader, at least given the one on the A9 works so well. If the HTC One X9 turns out to be real, it may be a flagship in some markets. Otherwise, we’re still expecting the M10 to serve as the company’s next top-tier device.