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HTC One X+ Review

HTC One X+

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HTC One X+ Review
Sound quality in the earpeice of the HTC One X+ is pretty stellar, with loud and clear voices on our end, and no audible distortion. The microphones, however, relay a slightly distorted voices when the other end is at full volume, but the strength is enough, and the noise-canceling mics do their job of keeping ambient sounds at bay.


The upgraded 2,100 mAh is now up to the capacity standards of the other flagships, and needfully so, since we have an overclocked processor in the HTC One X+. HTC quotes “up to six hours more talk time” compared to the One X, but there are no official times yet. Video playback tests peg the stamina at a bit north of 7 hours, which is about average for a large LCD Android, yet far from the Note II, Galaxy S III, or the RAZR MAXX achievements.


We can't say that HTC “took a sad song and made it better” by upgrading to the One X+, as the One X handset is pretty capable. HTC, however, changed the specs where it most counts, and as a result we have a handset that can go neck and neck with the seasonal Android flagships in everything but camera performance.

The overclocked quad-core processor might be still a 40nm affair, but it delivers benchmarks on par with the Optimus G and Note II, and, unlike the G, the HTC One X+ ships with Jelly Bean out of the box.

The HTC Sense 4+ doesn't get in the way of the unique Jelly Bean features, like Voice Search and Google Now, and the company even leaves users the choice whether to go with the Chrome browser, or use the HTC one, which has a full Adobe Flash support with a handy switch to turn it off at will.

Considering the generous 64 GB of storage the One X+ comes with – more than any other flagship at launch – we would've wholeheartedly recommended it as one of the best Android handsets out there right now, if it wasn't for the subpar camera results. The fly in the ointment is that the camera has stayed unchanged from the One X, so you can expect some questionable white balance measurements and video artifacts.

As it stands now, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Optimus G offer similar features for the price, with better camera performance. If you are not a big shutterbug, though, but rather into media consumption, the One X+ couples one of the best LCD screens out there with 64 GB of memory from the start, so you can enjoy your video collection on the go.

Software version: 1.14.401.16

HTC One X+ Video Review:


  • Generous 64 GB of internal memory
  • Very bright and nice display
  • Processor benchmarks are up with the best
  • Comfortable to hold unibody design


  • Subpar camera quality
  • 1GB of RAM
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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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