Metal is the name of the game for HTC with the launch of the One X9.
This 5.5 inch android phone wears an attractive brushed metal jacket that is very similar to HTC's One A9.
Unlike the A9 however, the X9 comes equipped with HTC's front firing BoomSound speakers found above and below the display.
These should help pump out a decent volume for your podcasts in the kitchen.
The display itself has a full HD resolution, and you'll find touch sensitive navigation buttons below.
Around the back, this 13 megapixel camera with a bright f 2.0 aperture, along with optical image stabilization, which should help you get a steady, blur-free photo in low light conditions.
It's all powered by an optical processor and it's running the latest Android Marshmallow software with HTC's Sense interface slapped over the top.
Sense looks neat and it allows you to customize a look using the Themes tool.
There's no word on pricing for the X9 yet, but other decent mid-range handsets.
I'm expecting it to be quite affordable.
We'll find out more in the coming weeks ahead of its late February global release.
In the meantime, keep your eyes fixed on CNET.com.
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