HTC and Samsung both introduced new phones this week that are dressed to the 9s… or at least with the number 9 in their names.
The HTC One X9 and the Samsung Galaxy A9 are upper mid-range smartphones with some premium touches. And they’re both launching first in China. It’s unclear if we’ll see either phone outside of Asia anytime soon.
The latest addition to the HTC One family features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a MediaTek X10 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
It has a a 13MP rear camera and an UltraPixel front-facing camera, a microSD card slot that can handle up to 2TB of removable storage, and the phone supports dual SIM cards.
The phone also has front-facing HTC “BoomSound” stereo speakers.
HTC is charging 2,399 yuan, or about $370 for the smartphone in China.
This phone actually leaked earlier this month, but now Samsung’s making it official: the Galaxy A9 is the biggest and most powerful member of the 2015 Galaxy A family.
It has a 6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor (formerly known as the Snapdragon 620).
Other features include a 13MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, 3GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, and support for Samsung Pay mobile payments.
There’s a microSD card slot for up to 128GB of removable storage. Pricing hasn’t officially been announced yet.