HTC One X for AT&T hands-on
Let’s talk design first! Aside from the distinguishable AT&T branding found next to its earpiece, it’s nearly identical to the international one we checked out from yesterday – and it’s even more impressive that it maintains a skinny profile of 0.36” (9.27mm) thick, which is only a hairline thicker than its HSPA+ flavored sibling. Donning a milky white polycarbonate unibody exterior, it’s soundly sturdy in its construction, and at the same time, it’s super lightweight (4.62 oz) in the hand to remain almost unnoticeable when held. At its core though, it employs the same design language as previous HTC devices, but interestingly enough, it’s flaunting three capacitive buttons.
Right off the bat, we have to admit that we’re smitten by its lovely looking 4.7” Super LCD2, thanks to its 720 x 1280 resolution, wide-viewing angles, and natural color tones. In fact, HTC wasn’t kidding around when they talked about it being “visible from every angle,” because frankly, it retains its sharp looks no matter what angle we look at it. And to further solidify its sturdiness, it’s strengthened by Gorilla Glass to keep its surface relatively scratch-free.
Needless to say, it’s choice of employing a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor might detract some people, especially when the international one is flaunting an even more impressive quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, but nevertheless, there’s no worries since it moves and performs swimmingly in almost all aspects. Even with the HTC Sense 4.0 experience running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it effortlessly executes most tasks with minimal exertion – plus, it’s beautified thanks to it fluidity. As for the Sense 4.0 experience, it’s clearly refined with its different execution, but at its core, we find most of the items we’re accustomed to seeing with past devices. We’ll talk more about that in another article.
For the photo-centric individuals out there, it perfectly plays to their needs as its flaunt an admirable 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash. Again, thanks to Sense 4.0, its camera interface has been enhanced with a variety of new features – such as having the ability to snap photos continuously while holding down the shutter key, and being able to snap a photo with shooting a 1080p video. Lastly, AT&T’s version of the HTC One X is blessed with those good old lovable 4G LTE speeds, which is yet another distinct feature specific to this version. Oh yeah, it has Beats Audio support as well to provide the utmost best audio experience around on any smartphone. All in all, it’s shaping out to be a beauty in every way imaginable, but alas, we’re still waiting to hear a confirmation regarding its pricing and availability date.