HTC One X Hands-on Review

HTC One X Hands-on Review
The HTC One X – a smartphone that has been teasing Android fans for so long, has finally landed in our hands for us to check out. And the excitement surrounding this device is well justified, given that it flaunts the specs of a true high-end Android device. Here we have an HD display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and all that sprinkled with a dose of Sense 4.0 on top. Okay, there's one more thing – the HTC One X actually features the Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Wohoo! A pretty important detail, we know. However, please keep in mind that the U.S. version of the HTC One X, which is going to be available through AT&T, will only have a dual-core SoC (but will sport LTE, which isn't going to be available with the international version).

Right now, pricing and release date for the One X are still unknown. Enough talk, let's check it out:


You can easily tell this is an HTC device. It is not the slimmest or smallest smartphone out there, but it has a solid build quality. The machined polycarbonate unibody design is something we have been praising in select HTC phones for years. It really feels very light but solid in the hand. The 3 capacitive keys on the front may give some retro feel, but this allows for bigger screen real estate.


On the front of the HTC One X resides its 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display sporting HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This of course results in excellent pixel density, making everything looking sharp and detailed even from up close. HTC claims the display is “visible from every angle”, even up to 180 degrees. We can confirm it has superb viewing angles. HTC also claims “the laminated cover glass and touch layer eliminates light reflection for superior sharpness and clarity” but we will try these once we get a review unit which we can test during the day. For those wondering about the precious display, we can happily say it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, which many of you love.


Until now, HTC was known for having not so great cameras on its devices. This is about to change. The new One series devices will feature ImageChip - a dedicated processor for taking care of the camera related processing. The 8-megapixel camera on the back also has some interesting features. It has an aperture of f2.0,which pretty much means it will let more light enter the imaging sensor, allowing taking better pictures in low light conditions. The actual sensor is back side illuminated improving low light pictures even further. Launching the camera from the lockscreen should take about 0.7 seconds (impressive), and focus should lock in less than 0.2, for capturing this precious moment. Indeed, when we tested one of the units available here at MWC, it did look like the camera is extremely fast to say at least. 

What about video capture you ask? It is 1080p of course, and HTC claim the camera removes jitter and let's you easier lock the focus on a moving object. While capturing video, you can also capture a photo simultaneously, or take a photo from a video that is already recorded (another impressive feature).


As you guessed, many of the new features come thanks to the new software – Sense 4.0. Of course, it looks better than before and is easier to use. Actually, we love what Android 4.0 did with the stock interface, but HTC brings some additional personalization so HTC phones can differentiate. And it has some additional features - let's focus on some of them.

The Beats Audio profile can now work with any application (previously it worked only with the built-in player). This means you will be able to enjoy it with YouTube videos, Games and any other content. There isn't information if there is any other improvement in the Beats software or the phone hardware, for better sound quality.

Sense 4.0 also has some new syncing options. Once you connect your HTC phone to the computer, it will allow you to sync your media library. After the initial setup, the phone will sync over Wi-Fi so your music library can stay up to date without the need of attaching wires. 

An interesting accessory is the MediaLink dongle which connects to any HDMI capable TV. Once done, you can screen-mirror your phone on the TV and watch movies or play games in 1080p with great audio quality. Separate dongle will be available for your car stereo to stream high-quality audio to it from your One X.  


The HTC One X does not offer a microSD card for storage expansion, but it makes up for that with its 32 GB of on-board storage, which will come standard on the device.


We are extremely happy with the HTC One X from the very short time spent with it. It reminds us of previous HTC models, but also shows the manufacturer is on the right direction. While keeping the trademark solid build quality, it is slimmer and better looking than before. Meanwhile, the phone performs admirably on the hardware front, so what more can one wish for? What's your opinion about the One X?

*Please note that in the second and third videos below, we're checking out the AT&T version of the HTC One X.

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One X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011


3. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

how did it take PA long enough when the phone was shown for the first time today....

5. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol Because it just did ok!!!! I was just excited to hear there opinion. Quitcho bitching. Damn... Commenters these days. Can't type anything without some idiot bitching down your throat....

9. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012


12. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

STFU Chronos!!!!

11. firelightx

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Nevermind that you were the opne complaining to start with...

13. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I was complaining because PhoneArena went to the lg booth first instead of HTC. lol I was kidding about it dude. You PhoneArena followers lack a sense of humor, like really.....

20. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Lol quit my complaining? seems like you dont know the definition of that word since you where the first to do so in the first place

28. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Nevermind. You f**kups don't get my point so take your "idiot" victory.

35. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

lol okay...?

40. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It would seem he doesn't know what LOL stands for either, nothing he said would make normal people laugh haha

70. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

and whats wrong with going to the LG booth first? O.o its really up to them isn't it

2. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Pretty sure you meant tegra 3 not tegra 4

53. KParks23

Posts: 729; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Looks pretty good. Nice design.

62. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Uh! Can some company make a small ICS phone considering that now we have soft keys? HTC you made a small phone(considering the screen size) with the HD2. Try again with Android without the buttons on the front.

66. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

They must of edited it, cause what I read said Tegra 3. hmmm

4. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Would look way cooler if the whole front was all white

6. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

that's exactly what I wanted

46. kevjiang78

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

No No...It would look like a long HTC WIldfire... I prefer HTC Amaze style...

67. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

All white phone? Apple copyright/patented that already. LMAO! Probably, who knows. I still haven't seen an all white phone (minus the screen).

7. pistolashtc

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 28, 2010

Good, but, no video? :S

8. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

PA upload videos from the hands on.. it'll be nice to see them on action.. this ONE in particular..

10. Hassan18

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

What about the mune button for legacy apps? How could we access the menu in these apps while there is no dedicated capacitive button ? I am really surprised that no one of the tech blog sites has addressed the issue.

65. dazweeja

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

HTC have a solution and it's lame. A semi-transparent overlay with a centered menu button that appears at the bottom of the screen when needed. Yes, so you now have two rows of buttons.

14. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

hmmm must say phone arena was real phone hungry. Like a tonne of reviews come out of the blue. good stuff.

15. thnkthru3

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

As an AT&T customer...I disappointed by the swap from quad to dual core on this top tier phone...Would prefer to have the quad core and no LTE. (Besides; the AT&T roll out of LTE seems far behind Verizon.

57. vioalas

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

The dual core being used is actually faster than the tegra 3, and widely considered better.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wait wait wait.. am i the only one that caught that.. the T3 version is international only? The American ATT version is LTE and Crapdragon!?!?!?!??!?! WTF. FAIL. So basically, instead of ushering in the new generation of massive spec'ed smartphones, HTC is basically creating an answer to the skyrocket HD.. ugh. dont get me wrong. The improvements with the S4 are going to be nice and all, but i really got all excited when they said it was a T3 device... until they said it was an international only T3 device. I really wish that carriers would quit choosing a slightly faster internet speed (that you cant even notice at that point) over real world performance.

23. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Has the AT&T version been benchmarked yet? No

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Yea, actually, it has.. at least by Qualcomm. And do you know which chipset they didnt show matching up against the S4 dual core? The T3 quad core. Thats because the T3 blows it away in performance. More cores, bigger GPU. They are not in the same category. I realize your a big fanboy of HTC and all, but which would you rather have in your new $300 phone.. dual or quad core? especially knowing the quad core is in the international version Looks like HTC is taking a page from samsung in keeping 1 phone with multiple chipsets in it. And thats not a good thing.

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