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HTC One X+ Review

HTC One X+

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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.

The HTC One X+ fits in your palm nicely - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC One X+ fits in your palm nicely - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC One X+ fits in your palm nicely - HTC One X+ Review

The HTC One X+ fits in your palm nicely

HTC One X+ Review

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 sides of the HTC One X+ - HTC One X+ Review
The sides of the HTC One X+ - HTC One X+ Review
The sides of the HTC One X+ - HTC One X+ Review

The sides of the HTC One X+

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.

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Capacitive keys - HTC One X+ Review
Front camera - HTC One X+ Review

Capacitive keys

Front camera

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.

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Rear camera - HTC One X+ Review
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Rear camera



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

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posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:26 24

1. nwright94 (unregistered)

1gb of ram a con? My android tablet ran perfectly fine on 1gb and so does my iphone.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:36 12

2. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Relative to other Androids which have now started shipping with 2GB of RAM.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:24 12

24. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Yeah others may use 2GB of RAM but the 1GB in One X+ is of a faster clock ;)

Phonearena also forgot to mention it now supports USB OTG and GLONASS as well as (A)GPS ;)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:00 1

35. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

is 2 gb of ram really needed? I can run jellybean perfectly on 256 mb of ram

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:19 5

41. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Yes it is. For a quad core phone with a bloated UI, yes 2gb should be the bare minimum.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 08:17 1

55. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

You can't fix stupid...

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 00:20 4

60. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

yes you can

its called "murder"

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:11

76. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Besides playing games or watching movies and doing some work side-by-side at one go...what do you do??? You surely won't leave a game halfway and decide to watch a movie and continue with the game later from where you left it! ...or vice-versa with 5-6 applications running in the background!!
Relation with the core and RAM can be minimal at times... They're not always tied together.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 19:36 1

59. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

you can? o_O what device

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:55 7

16. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

With Sense it's exactly a con. My old One X cannot multitask normally due to 1GB of RAM.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 21:13

42. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

I think they meant that this phone is 2 good to only have 1 gig of ram.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 07:38 5

54. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

"We have 1 GB of RAM, compared to 2 GB in the competition high-ends, which means you won't be able to have the endless list of open apps they allow, yet we never felt the need to close anything manually, the phone did it for us. It only maintains running your last eight open apps chronologically, so if you open more in a short period of time and expect to return to the first where you left it, no go, you'll have to reopen it from scratch."

From those words, it seems as if the 1GB of super speedy RAM did not give him any trouble at all. So to put the RAM as a con is absurd. This speed demon deserves at least a 9.

PA is getting really biased and lazy with their reviews lately. The only reviews I actually trust is from Aaron on Phonedog.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:37 6

3. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

1GB of ram on a quad core phone? What were HTC thinking?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:39 15

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

They must be thinking, "Hey, this should do".

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:50 5

12. bigstrudel (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

They were thinking that there is no reason to have 2gb ram in a phone right now. They are right.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:54 12

14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

This isn't the first quad-core phone with 1GB RAM, so don't sound so surprised. The international S3, the first One X, and Optimus4X HD all were too. For most users, it's more than enough. I know you're a big Apple guy, Mxyzptlk & that's fine, but don't pretend as if you know enough about the architecture of Android phones to make such bold statements.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:17 1

39. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

I don't pretend. I know. Why release a quad core phone with so a small amount of RAM? Don't get mad at me for pointing out the obvious flaw in design.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 01:50 5

45. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I'm not mad about anything. 1GB of RAM is hardly a design flaw. Your ignorance only continues to show.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 01:01

63. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

It is a design flaw. Its ignorant to think its not. You have a quad core device but only 1 gig of ram to do anything. Sense is pretty bloated on resources.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 11:48

67. TMach (Posts: 465; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Arrogance plus ignorance makes a lethal combination..........bet you've not even touched this phone much less use it! Boring is simply that, boring. My SGS3 runs just fine with 1gb of RAM and so does my HTC One X+ and some!

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 04:23 2

48. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

HTC doesn't need anymore than 1GB because they have purposely limited multitasking. You can only have 8 programs running at once and the rest gets automatically closed out. This is an issue and annoyance for some who are ultra multitaskers while a blessing for others.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 04:32 2

49. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

LOL as android always did... it shut apps down when the space run out. Here you know you have 8 apps open + n background tasks... At least the thing is so friggin fast it takes half a second to open an app again.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:03 10

20. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

My Galaxy S III runs perfectly fine with 1 GB. More RAM will always be better but in the present time not needed unless you're a heavy multitasker and I mean hardcore.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:05 3

21. rawkuss (Posts: 29; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Only making the screen .33 of an inch taller? What were they thinking? Didn't your Iphone 5 only come 1 gb of ram?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:56 6

22. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

They were thinking, "Well, at least we can sell it in Mexico..."

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:32 1

26. imkyle (Posts: 1086; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Nexus 4 with a quad core processor and 2GB of ram, PLUS stock Android gets around 4800 on quadrant, while this get in the high 6000's and even 7000's.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:44

27. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

And no lags at all.... with beautiful 3D animations...
let someone say Sense is (still) laggy :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:02 1

36. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

nexus 4 got 7600 in quadrant on stock kernel and stock overclock

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 13:45

32. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Better question is why do you even care?

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 14:46

97. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)

Well I'm thinking that you should have said "What was HTC thinking" instead of the plural form "were" in order to seem convincing.

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HTC One X+

HTC One X+

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera8 megapixels
Nvidia Tegra 3, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size5.29 x 2.75 x 0.35 inches
(134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)

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