HTC One X+ Review

The HTC One X+ is a decked-up version of the One X, which shipped as the first phone with a quad-core processor back in the spring, but arrived on US soil with a dual-core Snapdragon S4. With the One X+, both the US and international versions sport a 1.7 GHz quad-core Tegra 3+ processor.

The upgrade was necessitated by the competition going into the holiday season, and with the most generous internal memory amount from all flagships at launch, Android Jelly Bean, plus the upgraded processor and battery capacity, the One X+ can stand its ground against threats like the Galaxy S III or the Optimus G. Does the upgrade warrant the higher price, though? Read on to find out...

In the box

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Warranty and information leaflets


The curved unibody chassis introduced with the One X stays absolutely the same in the One X+ - it fits your palm nicely, and the cascading side bezel makes the front look seamless. Thanks to the polycarbonate housing the handset is very light and also pretty thin, with firm grip allowed by the soft-touch finish. We had the black version, which is a finger smudge magnet on the back, and there are also gray and white variants, like with the One X.

You can compare the HTC One X+ with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Since it is unibody design, the only openings around the sides are the MHL port on the left, the audio jack up top, and the micro SIM card ejector hole on the upper back. As for the rear, the only thing sticking out is the camera module, ringfenced in red to match the Beats logo at the bottom.

The capacitive keys underneath the display are also painted in red to match the overall accent style, and are responsive to the touch. The metallic lock/power key at the top is almost flush with the surface, so accidental press chances are taken to a minimum, but the volume rocker on the right is flush too, which makes it a bit difficult to feel and press when you are not looking.

There is a higher resolution 1.6 MP frontal camera now, capable of HD video recording, which is much clearer than before, and a helpful LED notification light next to it, indicating missed calls, messages or charging status.


The excellent 4.7” S-LCD 2 display hasn't changed, which is good, since it is probably in the top three of high-def LCD mobile screens. It is a 1280x720 pixels HD panel, bringing pixel density to 312ppi, meaning crisp text and discernible details.

The strength of this display lies in its high brightness, while visibility outside is improved by a seemingly low screen reflectance, too.

The LG Optimus 4X HD is brighter, for example, but reflectance is high outside, and thus its screen compares worse. Low screen reflectance helps the AMOLED displays of the Galaxy S III and the Note II outside as well, despite that they are fairly dim compared to the LCD ones, yet only the Note II is comparable to the One X+ outdoors, as the S III screen brightness is too low.

Compared to the best LCD screens, the One X+ fares about equal with the in-cell touch panel on the Optimus G, but the same tech in the iPhone 5 yields better results, thanks to the bright screen, coupled with one of the lowest reflectance ratios of any mobile screen.

When we add the good color representation, high contrast and excellent viewing angles, the HTC One X+ screen is close to the best out there. It is now protected by the thinner and less brittle Gorilla Glass 2nd edition.

HTC One X+ 360-Degrees View



96. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Amazingly no reviewer talks about the bugs of Sense UI. HTC has changed the android multitasking which is a pain in the ass. Sense kills apps in background very aggressively(even with huge amount of RAM). This is being done to achieve a hassle free & lag free experience with better battery life. However, none of these has been achieved in any of HTC devices. All the HTC devices struggle for battery life & UI lags. The webpage reloading in HTC phones while toggling between apps is another major issue no reviewer talks about. Dont think these Smartphone reviewers are SMART. May be I should become a "Smartphone Reviewer".. :).. HTC one series has the BEST camera & image quality among all smartphones. & the looks of HTC beats even the IPHONEs... But performance is an issue.

94. JasonJia11

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 01, 2012

I don't understand why both the One X, and the One X+ BOTH get 8.5 ratings, when the One X+ is a major upgrade than from the One X. I've just started looking forward to PhoneArena, but now I'm not so sure.... Even the Galaxy S3 Mini gets an 8.9, the One X+ is on a whole another level than the S3 Mini.

92. dampv

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

One x+ still got wifi issue ?? please let me know..!!! Im thinking of getting this phone!! thnks n regards!

91. lauralee

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

If 2GB is a "must have" for some folks then change carriers and go w/the HTC DROID DNA (w/only 16 gig memory).However, 1GB of RAM is fine for this phone. And the memory is outstanding.

88. quicktrac

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

hello, can any one tell me who will carry this phone. t mobile, at&t etc.

90. g2a5b0e unregistered

AT&T exclusive.

86. hamid50

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

its the best of htc phone

84. bill22882

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Well your phone isn't my phone sorry jackass

85. g2a5b0e unregistered

Doesn't make you any less of a liar.

87. TMach unregistered

Truth obviously hurts! Get a life please oh by the way, everyone sees you for the liar and troll that you are! Go crawl back under that stone.

80. bill22882

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

just a follow up. after i got this unit. i had to reactivate my blackberry with another number as a back up this thing was so unreliable, thats how bad this thing is

83. TMach unregistered

Dude! I have used both the HTC One X and sold it to get the One X+ which by the way has just been released. Having just been released at the end of October, no way have you had it 3 months. Never had a problem with the original one X nor have I had any with the one X+, both of which are without a shadow of a doubt, the best handsets ever released. Nobody believes you so go troll elsewhere and stop with the FICTION.

89. quicktrac

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

are you in the uk or usa

79. bill22882

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

ooh sure love to explain 1 doing navigation if you happen to set the phone down- lay it flat, navigation stops working. pick it up works fine 2 if you are using voice navigation and the electronic lady is telling you where to turn and you get a phone call. the lady never stops talking. so while your trying to carry on a conversation she wont shut up. they at t mobile told me well you half to go in to navigation and back out and cancel navigation before you pick up the call. yah sure ok. do this while the phone is ringing. i cursed the navigation while talking to a customer that makes it all worthwhile 3 it locks up. if you are on a call and you get one incoming, and you switch between calls. i have hung up and the phone just as i said locks up. last time i counted it was almost 4 minutes. you cant shut it off, can not do anything. let it be and eventually it clears up. because it happened alot 4 pictures. takes great pictures. my third phone i had shipped over to Maui for my vacation because the 2 one was doing all the above and i thought well im here ill get a new phone transfer all my data. use it for vacation pics. had not taken many pics with it, so cleared out all the b s photos and started using it. so I basically started out with 0. when i got home and transferred the photos to my computer it said i had 486 pictures. that number is burned into my brain. i was like WTF? and i had this confirmed at t mobile, because i was told another customer had just come in to squawk about that issue. any web site you look up, any photo any one sends you, any thing you open with a piture in it, the phone saves the picture. and my 486 it had saved it had compressed them all, so they will only open as a thumbnail pic. so my vacation photos are junk. 5 i do not do have use any apps except i heart radio. i do not do facebook twitter, do not play games. watch movies 0 nada, this phone is strictly phone, text, e mail. and i had all the above issues with all three phones. when the 3 rd one did its lock up game on my mr htc one met side of building with a fast ball pitch. so go ahead and buy one if you dare

78. bill22882

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

well i got it september 12 mr einstein. thats going on 3 months. i have had 3, and that was my last one

82. g2a5b0e unregistered

Today is November 9th. Clearly, your math is a little bit shaky because if you got your phone on September 12th, you've had it for less than 2 months. Also, like I said, the phone got released this week, so how is it possible that you've had it for almost 2 months? Perhaps, you are referring to the original HTC One X & not the One X+?

73. bill22882

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

this phone is a disaster this is one of the worst i have ever owned. look elsewhere before you waste your hard earned money on this pile of plastic this has so many issues i dont know where to start. i have had 3 in three months and none of them can they seem to resolve i give it a half a star out of 10

74. g2a5b0e unregistered

This phone was just released. Care to explain to us how you've had it for 3 months?

75. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Haha...+1 Man!! to explain the man??

95. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011


58. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Need new design. Fix sense UI!

70. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

ARE YOU KIDDING ME LUBBA? NEW DESIGN FIX SENSE UI? Theres nothing better than sense right now. Htc has made it even better with sense 4+. With regards to the design i wont even make a comment. SMH

57. yoyo93

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

PA The only website where great flagship phones get 8.5's while crap like the galaxy mini get 8.9 because of the brand 'Galaxy' sorta like 'Apple'

43. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

The only thing for htc to do now is to advertise this phone and think of marketing strategies in order for this one x+ to sell well. I hope that they'll do something with the camera since that is it's only weakness

44. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

The camera on the One X is still very good. Especially its burst mode and basically instant shutter speed. I've never gotten a blur from this camera. People are just spoiled these days.

38. TMach unregistered

The front camera is 1.6 and not 2 megapixels! Jeez, at least get the facts right!! This review is full of inaccuracies which rather makes it difficult to take seriously. I have had this for a day and don't have any issues multi tasking plus after almost 24 hours, I still have the battery at over 50%. As for the 1GB RAM comment, the S3 and Optimus 4X HD both have 1gb so not sure how that is a con...............score should be 9/9.5. If you've actually used this beauty, you'll know what I mean.

51. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Indeed +1

37. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

see the problem is if 3 gb ram comes out people are gonna say well 2gb dont have enough cuz android needs alot or ram etc etc thats BULL. 1gb has enough ram. Not becasue everyone has 2 gb it means 1 gb isnt enough anymore you guys let technology take over yourl smart brains... thats all part of making money

34. NewLife2011

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

This phone cannot arrive soon enough. It'll be my first Android phone so I don't forsee having any major issues with Sense. The whole "pure Android" thing doesn't really mean anything to me because I've never experienced it. Nor am I in a hurry to experience it if means I get no LTE and only 16gb of memory. Been there done that.

31. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

The HTS Sense 4+ doesn't get in the way of the unique Jelly Bean features... what is HTS? some new brand or something

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One X+
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.6 MP front
  • Hardware Nvidia Tegra 3, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.2.2
    HTC Sense UI

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