HTC One X specs review
Starting April 5, we will be able to buy HTC's best Android phone so far, the One X. Let's dig a bit deeper to find out what we will be spending our pretty penny on, compared to all the other enticing options that landed on the MWC showfloor.
There is a lot to love about the HTC One X, and very little to disapprove of, like the lack of memory expansion slot and the sealed battery compartment.
The 32GB of internal memory render a microSD slot not really necessary, considering that you also get 25GB of free cloud storage via HTC's collaboration with Dropbox, which is woven into the interface.
The 1800mAh non-removable juice pack should be a bigger source of concern, though - you can't easily take it out and insert the charged spare in your wallet if the phone's power starts dwindling at the end of the day. And LTE versions with huge HD screens, like the One X for AT&T, are usually a killing combo for even larger batteries.
Let's not forget, however, that the LTE-laden One X will be with the newest Snapdragon S4, which is built with a 28nm process, so it will be as frugal as it will be powerful, compared to the current S3 dual-cores, and even compared to Tegra 3, which the global version of the One X sports. Here are a few benches that give a rough idea for the S4 vs Tegra 3 performance, courtesy of Anandtech, which benched the Snapdragon S4 reference platform recently.
As you can see, the S4 CPU is more powerful, while its Adreno 220 GPU lacks a bit compared to the Tegra 3 GPU, but we are pretty sure that nothing that's in Android Market currently will choke those two.
Moreover, the Qualcomm chipset comes with the second generation of LTE radios, chips that are way less power-hungry and much more compact than what we have now in LTE phones, so the HTC One X for AT&T should do just fine with a 1800mAh battery.
We are not so sure about the global version, sporting a quad-core Tegra 3 and 42Mbps HSPA+ radio, since NVIDIA's quad is still built on 40nm, but we'll give it the benefit of the 4-PLUS-1 doubt for now, since NVIDIA claims the fifth low-power core for everyday tasks makes the whole getup very frugal. Let's see how the HTC One X compares to the rest of the quad-core gang announced at MWC in that respect:
Actually we have both the LG Optimus 4X HD carrying a larger 2150mAh battery, and the Huawei Ascend D quad XL with its huge 2500mAh pack. The XL's battery is rated for 2-3 days of normal use, so a 1800mAh should get us at least a day and a half off the grid with the new chipsets in moderate usage scenarios, but we can't know for sure until the One X arrives at the office for a full test round.
With the Debbie Downer features out of the way, let's move on to the good stuff. First off, the phone strays away from the trademark aluminum chassis of HTC, and gets housed in a unibody polycarbonate shell painted in white or black. It is not actually painted - polycarbonate means deep coloring, so even if you scratch it, it will still be the same hue, not a black mark. It is also a very durable material, allows for excellent signal penetration, and has allowed the 4.7" monster to stay incredibly light and compact for its size - this is actually one of HTC's thinnest phones to date.
This display size is the largest so far on mobiles achieving HD 720x1280 pixels of resolution with a normal RGB matrix, and our hands-on review of the HTC One X confirmed it also adds bright, popping colors and superior viewing angles to its list of virtues. HTC claims that it has laminated the Gorilla Glass cover and the touch layer to eliminate reflection - the biggest enemy of outdoor visibility, and we will check on that as soon as we take it for a spin in the office.