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HTC One X9 pictures and alleged specs spill online

HTC's next big release could come in the form of another midrange Android, or so claims a Chinese website.

HTC could be close to introducing its next Android smartphone, the so-called One X9, reports Chinese site ANZHOU. But don't expect this to follow up last spring's flagship One M9; this one could be more of a middle-of-the-road device.

Midrange phones are proliferating the market at a quicker pace than top-tier models and prices are falling across the board. Phone makers don't want to stake their entire fortunes on a singular, annual flagship model, which is why phones like this November's One A9 offer cheaper alternatives.

The possibly forthcoming One X9 will reportedly feature a 5.5-inch display with a screen resolution of 1,080 pixels. It could have a 13-megapixel rear camera and front-facing UltraPixel shooter, which is HTC's name for its slightly altered 4-megapixel camera module. Powering the show could be a processor made by MediaTek, the eight-core Helio X10.

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The rumored One X9 is more midrange than top-tier.

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According to the leak, customers may have two storage capacities of the One X9 to choose from. If true, the 16GB version will come with 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB option is bolstered by 3GB of RAM.

Other custom HTC touches could include dual front-facing speakers, called BoomSound, and a metal body. We're also hearing that the phone could have a 3,000mAh battery and a microSD expansion card slot.

And how about the phone's design? Based on the allegedly leaked photos, the phone may have softly rounded corners and a smooth metal finish, plus a decorative strip across the top back where the camera module lives.