The HTC One X is an incredible superphone. The large screen and the powerful quad-core processor make it perfect for gaming, watching videos and surfing the net. And the advanced camera technology with HTC ImageSenseTM goes beyond point and shoot, allowing you to take amazing pictures in any conditions. You have a true digital camera on the HTC One X. Beats AudioTM integration provides an advanced audio experience whatever you are listening to and there is even 25GB free Cloud storage via Dropbox. With the capability to wirelessly share anything from your phone and view it on your TV the HTC One X the most advanced smartphone yet.
|Size:||134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm||Weight:||130 grams with battery|
|Display:||HD 720p touch||Screen:||4.7-inch (1280 x 720 resolution)|
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HTC messed up in 2011 by releasing too many similar handsets. There was nothing actually wrong with phones likes the Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation XE or Incredible S but equally none of them had me itching to upgrade my Desire HD ahead of schedule.
Now HTC is hoping to turn things around by putting its eggs in the One basket. For the penurious it has the One V. For middle income types the One S. But what I have here is the top tomato, the One X. A phone HTC is hoping will be considered the best you can get.
Let’s start with the headline specs. The screen is a 4.7in 720p affair with a pixel count of 312dpi. The CPU is a 1.5GHz penta-core Nvidia Tegra 3 unit with 1GB of Ram. Keeping all that in step is Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich allied to HTC’s new Sense 4.0.
The exterior of the One X is a gently curved and understated affair and the back has a pleasant matte surface. The look works for me because it doesn’t try as hard to impress as Sony’s new Xperia devices or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Build quality is rock solid too, due to the body being carved from a single chunk of polycarbonate plastic much like the Nokia N9 and Lumia 800, while the screen is good old Corning Gorilla Glass.
Below the screen you will find three capacitive buttons – back, home and recent apps – rather than the four of previous HTC handsets. I never use the fourth search button on my Desire HD, so it’s a change I can’t complain about.
The edge of the handset is interrupted only by a 3.5mm audio jack on the top, the power and volume controls and a micro USB port – with the optional AC M490 cable this connection provides an HDMI output. There’s no memory card slot but with 32GB on board I can live with that. The X takes a micro SIM rather than standard-sized card.
At 130g HTC One X is 5g lighter than the Galaxy Nexus and 10g lighter than the iPhone 4S. Yes it’s taller and wider than the iPhone but it has a much bigger screen, so what do you expect? Unless you have the hands of a child, the size is no impediment to use.
Wireless connectivity is bang up to date with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC accompanying the usual (2.4GHz only) 802.11n Wi-Fi. At the moment, the first two are more about future-proofing than anything else but better to have them than not. Oh, and if you’re inclined to use the HTC One X as a PMP with a Bluetooth headset, it also supports AptX audio coding that’s claimed to deliver an output as good as a wired signal.
With that Tegra 3 chip you’d expect this handset to go like the blazes and you’d be quite right. Just like the Asus Transformer Prime the HTC One X returned an AnTuTu score of over 10,500 and runs almost supernaturally quickly. The UI is supremely slick.
The One X’s ability to run 3D games like Shadowgun and play 1080p video in any and all formats is so all-encompassing it’s easier for me list the things it can’t do. Which is nothing. And, boy oh boy, do games and videos look good on that HD screen.
A perfect smartphone? Very nearly. Some will bemoan the absence of Micro SD expansion and the lack of a dedicated HDMI port. I expected better from such a large battery too, but the screen is huge and glorious, the CPU powerful enough to run a small country, both cameras are good and the build quality superb. Suddenly my Desire HD feels like the relic of a bygone age. ®
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