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HTC One X specs review

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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.

Snapdragon S4 vs Tegra 3 CPU test
Snapdragon S4 vs Tegra 3 CPU test

Snapdragon S4 vs Tegra 3 CPU test


Snapdragon S4 vs Tegra 3 GPU test
Snapdragon S4 vs Tegra 3 GPU test

Snapdragon S4 vs Tegra 3 GPU test


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.

HTC One X specs review
HTC One X specs review

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.

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posted on 29 Feb 2012, 06:47 8

1. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I'll wait for SGS3.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 06:56 3

4. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I'm with you. I like HTC but, Sammy is making better phones. I love my RAZR™ but I'm dying for the Galaxy Note and that 5.3" screen on Big Red.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:03

9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1046; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I have the Inspire 4G from AT&T and the phone is too small. im a big man (6'7" 235lbs) and I need a big phone. When I saw the Note at a best buy store here in St. Louis, I said........"DAMN, I gotta have this phone now!! it looks even better in person lol"

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:18 2

12. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yep'. Although I'm not as big as you, nevertheless, I appreciate bigness. I too went in to personally marvel and drool at the 'Note' and played with the stylus; brought back fond memories of my SGH-i700 and XV6600.

I would sell my RAZR™ and Lapdock and just throw in the $$ difference for this full retail (on Big Red).

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:25 1

38. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


My friend actually had the droid bionic but he changed it for the Galaxy Note and he didnt like it because since it was to big ,he couldnt put it on his pocket so he had to hold it all the time

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 07:07 2

6. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


^ you got me. I'm still enjoying my Galaxy Note but I'm beginning to feel envious of those quad beasts. But only the Note have the 800 x 1280 pixels of AMOLED goodness.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 07:34

8. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


lol..... my only saving grace and "size" satisfaction is my original Galaxy Tab (which I wish could be my phone, at least here in the U.S.) Don't understand wht T-Mo was allowed to block the "phone" feature?? (And, yes I know that it can be unlocked but then you lose 3G Data - no thank you.)

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:06 1

36. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


So will I.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 06:52 3

2. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


definitely gonna be my next phone.. quad-core power!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 20:58

55. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Does anyone know how ZTE managed to put together a Tegra 3 phone with LTE? Or is that a typo?

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 22:33 1

57. pedobear (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


they used their own quad-core chip, not tegra 3.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 06:54 6

3. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i'm waiting SGS III to see the new Exynos power and the new AMOLED magic, if doesn't bring anything new, then im totally sold for this babe!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 07:02 1

5. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


hmm i like the lg 4x more than this one im basing it on the hands on video hehe but i would definitely wait for the SGS III before buying a new one hahaA!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:29

14. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


But then you'll have to wait again, because of HTC's "The phone after One X" with QUAD-CORE S4 at 2.5 Ghz.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 07:26 3

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


With all these 4.7+ displays coming out i would love to start seeing 4.3 inch touch screen phones with slide out keyboards.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:04

10. thnkthru3 (Posts: 73; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


Or a quad core BB style fixed keyboard rinning ICS could be interesting!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:08 2

11. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1046; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


As much as the Quad-core phones are great, what about the battery life. The advantage Samsung has had on HTC has been battery life. If they can say that the battery will hold for longer than a few hours, then this would be a better sell for me. I bought the PowerSkin for the Inspire 4G because I was tired of my phone dying on me so quickly

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:27 6

13. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


I will never buy a Samsung. I'm creative.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:07 1

37. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


There's nothing creative about that.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 21:07

56. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


He never said that makes him creative, he just stated he will never buy a Samsung, and then stated he's creative. Lol..

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 03:58

64. lilmoe (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


lol, dude you're a barista! you barist for a living...
i see what you did there though ;)

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:30 2

15. biophone (Posts: 1982; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Well i like the one x sense 4.0 is amazing. It suxks they webt dual core in a quad core world and a crap dragon no less. The phone looks nice otherwise except that small battery. On a side not lets get off benchmarks already lets look at stats and preformance when the phone comes out. Dr. Phil please don't troll this post I am not responding to you anymore its over stop bringing up a dead argument your trying so hard to win be ause Apparntly snapdragon has fanboyz now. Go ahead and buy a dual core phone when the tegra 4 and the new exnos will drop in the sgs3. With quad core already out.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:47 2

16. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)


"quad core world"? What other mobile phone that's on the market has a quad core?

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:54 2

18. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I know I know!! Ehhh... No phone out there has it :P

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:42

24. biophone (Posts: 1982; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Looking at the table above I see the LG optimus 4x hd, hauwei ascend, and the Zte era. With many other companies preparing their quad core devices very soon. MWC was all about quad core.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:49

26. biophone (Posts: 1982; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Also not to mention tablets are already released with quad core. Quad core world was just a figure of speech being that all flagships phones from here on out will be quad core. Expect for the iPhone. But thats just apple being apple.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:11 3

23. KParks23 (Posts: 639; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Yup ur not trolling at all duel core in a quad core world.. and calling it a crapdragon. When the performance of the chip is right there in front of ur face proving u been wrong for the past week and proving that the s4 is just if not more powerful than the t3 and when the adreno 3 series comes out in another month or so that slight edge that the t3 does have in the gpu will be blown away.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:48

25. biophone (Posts: 1982; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


You wan't to go in the future? Ok well how about the tegra 4 or the new exynos or the new omap. If you really wanted to go there lets go because real a15 cortex comes out and quad core very very soon. You don't want to go into the future with me. I will address the rest of your points with bullets from now on.
- Snapdragon processors have historically been weaker then the competition and they finally have realized a competitive dual core processors during an event all about the quad core processor. Crapdragon (thanks remixfa) is very accurate indeed.
-First of all the s4 isn't even out yet the tegra 3 is. Lets see how it fairs once it actually comes out. Being the fact its a dual core its off to a very disappointing start.
- And once again you respond to troll my post what a surprise.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:53

27. biophone (Posts: 1982; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


You wan't to go in the future? Ok well how about the tegra 4 or the new exynos or the new omap. If you really wanted to go there lets go because really soon an a15 cortex processors are coming out with quad core very very soon. You don't want to go into the future with me. I will address the rest of your points with bullets from now on.
- Snapdragon processors have historically been weaker then the competition and they finally have released a competitive dual core processors during an event all about the quad core processor. Crapdragon (thanks remixfa) is very accurate indeed.
-First of all the s4 isn't even out yet the tegra 3 is. Lets see how it fairs once it actually comes out. Being the fact its a dual core its off to a very disappointing start.
- And once again you respond to troll my post what a surprise.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 11:01 1

28. KParks23 (Posts: 639; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Qualcomm has a new s4 quad core chip to compete with these other chips... And the s4 duel core is based off the a15.. I feel sorry for remixfa he makes 1 wrong post and u start throwing his name and comment around as facts... And were not talking about the future were talking about the tegra3 and the duel core s4.. ok let me ask u what is so disappointing about this duel core s4 processor than? Cuz all the facts are right at the top of the page but to bad ur stuck in denile.

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