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HTC One X Smartphone – Indepth Analysis

Rating: 8.0.

HTC took the fast track to smartphone fame with phones like the HD2 and the Desire family, but the Taiwanese company lost its way a bit last year. Now they hope to get back on top with a trio of Android 4.0 powered smartphones, known as the One series. What we are looking at today is the international version of HTC’s flagship One X (not to be confused with the Qualcomm powered One XL). Can the One X put HTC back on top?

The HTC One X and its One series brothers are the revival of a more streamlined product strategy in order to offer better final products and post-launch software support. Last year at Mobile World Congress HTC unveiled five Android powered smartphones, a lineup that did not include the Sensation, their 2011 flagship device. Last year, HTC went ahead and added to what Android is most often negatively known for; a fragmented ecosystem.

Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress the Taiwanese company offered just three phones; the HTC One X, One S and One V. Three phones with three various target markets and demographics. HTC are primarily dedicated to these three phones (excluding regional variants) from here on out.

Speaking of firmware, the One X is running the latest and greatest Android iteration, Ice Cream Sandwich. As you might expect HTC Sense is also present and version 4.0 of HTC’s user interface is a welcome upgrade over previous versions.

Hardware wise, the One X is the first smartphone to become available with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chipset inside. The 4.7 inch display is packing some serious pixels with a 1280 x 720 display. All of this and much more fits neatly into a polycarbonate shell that is just 8.9mm thin, weighing just 130 grams.

Key Specifications:

  • 4.7 inch Super IPS LCD 2 1280×720 capacitive touchscreen display
  • Display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC
  • 1.5 GHz quad core Cortex-A9 processor
  • ULP Geforce GPU
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage – no MicroSD slot
  • 8 MP rear camera with 1080p video recording
  • 1.3 MP front facing webcam
  • HTC ImageSense
  • Quad band 3G (850/900/1900/2100)
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • 1800 mAh Li-Po battery
  • Weighs 130 grams
  • Just 8.9mm thin, full dimensions are 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9mm

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  • Neil Iron

    wow thats a lot of information for a phone. I need a new one, but had been thinking about an Apple iPhone due to store support. What do you think? bad move?

  • Joseph Rha

    Looks very nice indeed. never owned an HTC phone before as my friend had one a year ago and it just stopped working for some reason, he got it replaced buyt the battery life was terrible.

  • Neil, do you mean support in terms of customer/returns or the app store? If you’re in the US then Apple will likely have superior customer support, can’t speak for other regions. If you mean the app store then both iOS and Android are on the same level

    Joseph, HTC hasn’t exactly been known for brilliant battery life to be fair! The One X’s battery life is a bit average – especially after getting a Galaxy S III as a comparison

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  • it’s a fantastic phone,wonderful apps,slim style overall excellent telephone sound is beautiful but there’s few points that are difficult to manage so if they’re able to handle that within the software it will likely be great but overall an outstanding phone