Saturday, November 19, 2011

HD9 (Dual SIM with 3G support)


Last month, I had the chance to test a friend's new HD9. It's a recently released refresh of the "old" HD9 as it is now based on the MT6573 chipset. This means that if you like it's design, you can now enjoy a faster Dual SIM smartphone that supports 3G networks.



Name:MediaTek MT6573
CPU:650 MHz ARM11™
GPU:PowerVR™ SGX 531
Instruction set:ARMv6

Software environment

Embedded:OS: Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)


(width x height x depth):
119 x 65 x 10 millimetres
Weigth:150 grams


RAM:capacity:512 MB
ROM-capacity:512 MB
Expansion slot:microSD memory card, supporting up to 32 GB

Network support

Primary phone:GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100
Secondary phone:GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900


Type:Sharp LCD capacitive touchscreen
Size:4.3 inches, WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)


Main (rear):8 megapixels (interpolated) with autofocus and single LED flash
Secondary (front):1.3 megapixels


Bluetooth (802.15):Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate
Wireless LAN / Wi-Fi (802.11):  IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
USB:USB 2.0 Client, Hi-Speed (480 Mbit/s)
USB Series Micro-B (Micro-USB) connector

Satellite navigation

Built-in GPS module:MT6620 chipset
GPS antenna:Internal
Complementary GPS services:  A-GPS (Assisted GPS), MediaTek EPO (Extended Prediction Orbit)

Additional features

Gravity, Proximity and Light sensors
Analog Radio:FM radio (87.5-108 MHz) with RDS radio receiver

Design and construction

The body and quality of construction is pretty much the same...

The screen is a new version, though. This time, the manufacturer's choice was to use a Sharp ASV-LCD.  


The new version of HD9 shares the framework with G11i Proso it has exactly the same features. Take a look at it's review to know more about it.

Final thoughts

This refresh brings improvements over the old one, not only for the better user experience in terms of speed, but in great part for the added 3G support and improved network reception.

Just visit my partner shop (, if you are interested to buy this phone.


  1. Hey Bruno,

    Love your blog! It was exactly what I was looking for now that I'm trying to decide what Android dual SIM phone to get. I also love that you're cooking up some ROMs for these phone (this is what got me over the line when deciding if I should go for one of these phones).

    In your opinion which of the recent MT6573 based phones, HD9 3G (T9199+), HD7 Pro (T9299) or G11i Pro, do you like the most and why? Are there any other ones I should be considering? (must be android, dual SIM with at least one HSPA 900/2100 and the other HSPA or GSM and 480x800 screen).

    Thank you

  2. Hey Bruno,
    Great Blog!

    I am also interested in buying MT6573 based phone. I am looking for latest possible Android version, big (at least 4.0") multi-touch screen 480x800 16m colors, DUAL SIM and most important - fast and stable with applications and games.

    Can you say in your opinion which one is the best - HDC A9100, G11i Pro, T9199, Tops HD7 3G, B63M, HDC Z710, Hero H7300, Tops HD2 HD9 or Star A3 Sensation? Is there some that is better than these (max $300)?

  3. Well, this has been asked many times, but in my humble opinion, G11i Pro is a highly reliable phone, even for business use. I use it with my business and private SIM cards and this is by far the best Chinese clone that I've seen and reviewed. Even in terms of GSM reception, I can tell you that no other Chinese Dual SIM can beat it.

    If you guys are satisfied with a 4.0" screen, then G11i Pro is the right way to go.

  4. Thank you very much for the quick reply!
    I was going to buy G11i Pro but today I got B63m as a present... so I was wondering if there is some of your ROMs that I can use on it? (I saw that there are many improvements...)

  5. Hello, do you have modded ROMs for this one as well? Or do the ones for G11iPro work?

  6. HI have this Phone. Any rom upgrades yet?

    Yours //