HTC One X for AT&T Review

AT&T is literally on fire! And why’s that you ask? Well, in the last few months alone, we’ve been seeing the carrier getting in with some big name smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, Nokia Lumia 900, and HTC Titan II. Needless to say, it’s arguable as to which one is deemed as the best of the bunch, but AT&T isn’t letting down one bit whatsoever with its selection – that’s because the mightiest one is about to set things ablaze with its piercing set of features.

Arriving on May 6th for the 2-year contract price of $199.99, the modified HTC One X for AT&T is already shaping out to give its closest Android competitor in the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE a good run for its money. Concurrently, it’s also going to give AT&T’s newly minted Windows Phone something to worry about as well, as it’s filled to the roof with specs that seem to be vastly superior. Certainly, T-Mobile customers are getting their fill with the HTC One S, but with AT&T’s upcoming beauty, it brings forth HTC’s mightiest offering to our shores, so let’s find out if this LTE enabled smartphone can raise the standards for everyone else.

The package contains:
microUSB cable
Wall Charger
Quick Start Guide
Product and Safety Information


Honestly, there’s barely any noticeable differences with the design of AT&T’s version of the HTC One X – albeit, it’s a hairline longer (5.31 inches versus 5.29 inches) and lighter (129 grams versus 130 grams) than the international version we reviewed not too long ago. Additionally, rather than finding the manufacturer’s name beneath the earpiece, it’s bearing AT&T’s logo and name instead. Aside from those items, the two smartphones are nearly identical to one another!

Again, we have to give props to the folks over at HTC for concocting a magnificent smartphone that combines a stunning design and something that’s comfortable to handle. Utilizing the same pristine white polycarbonate body as before, which does wonders in keeping it clean looking and dirt free, it also adds enough durability to withstand the normal wear and tear we tend to put it through. Certainly, it’s still a larger than other handsets, but it’s nice that they’ve carefully made good use of every nook and cranny without adding too much excess bulk. If that’s not enough, the sides of the handset and display are contoured perfectly to result in a comfortable feel in the hand. Indeed, it might not be perceived as the most premium constructed device we’ve seen from HTC, but nevertheless, it simply feels incredibly solid and fine to the touch.

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

HTC has decided to stick with capacitive keys under the display, rather than on-screen ones. On one hand, this leaves more space to display the interface at any time, but on the other, accidental presses are more likely. Above the screen is where you'll see the 1.3MP front-facing camera.

Like before, the microUSB port stands apart from most things on the left edge of the handset, since it doesn’t quite blend in with the all-white and uniform body of the handset. On the right is the volume rocker. It reacts OK when pressed, though the volume down key could have used a bit more travel. On the top of the HTC One X sits the power/lock key, which is placed at a weird angle that doesn’t allow for a natural feel with our finger – and to top it off, it feels a bit stiff to the touch. Right behind that is microSIM tray, which is ejected in the same way that you eject the iPhone's microSIM tray – with a special tool, or, if you are a professional, with a clip. Finally, the primary microphone is the only thing we find on the bottom edge.

In the rear, the handset’s 8-megapixel ImageSense camera is the only noticeable protrusion on the body, but as we take a closer look, the lens is actually sunken in so that it doesn’t come in contact with surfaces when it’s resting on its back. Meanwhile, surrounding the camera is the same contrasting gray color with the LED flash nearby, which some might find distracting. Towards the bottom edge, microdots converge in a unison assembly to make out the smartphone’s speaker grill, while dock connectors are positioned towards the lower right side.


The gigantic 4.7” display of the HTC One X is very good-looking. Not only is it big enough to let you fully enjoy your videos, but it also has this great resolution of 720x1280 pixels. This means the pixel density comes in at 312 ppi, making it very hard to spot an individual pixel. The screen uses the so-called Super-LCD 2 (it uses IPS) technology, which is said to bring better viewing angles and less glare, compared to traditional S-LCD panels. We did find the viewing angles to be pretty good with this device, although the glare was about equal to what you get on other premium smartphones. The screen also treats us to some very saturated colors. Actually, it's much closer to AMOLED, rather than LCD displays in this respect, which isn't a bad thing. In some situations, its colors might seem a bit too saturated, but in most of the cases, the visuals that it produces are extremely pleasant. For those who still care, the pixels of the display are arranged in a standard RGB matrix, so no PenTile here.



1. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

seems rather nice.

10. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I wish I could get one...

11. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

it looks nice. i love thats its not a gray or black. i do kinda wish i could go and get one.

32. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I'll pass :-) S3


Posts: 3; Member since: May 01, 2012

OK OK so let me get this straight: the phone is "supposed" to be top notch, I mean it literally is the next gen phone BUT... 1. it lags and have blinking problems when online 2. have mediocre earpiece and speakers 3. even though the dual core s4 is suppose to be next gen chips it is just OK in performance 4. operation time can't even beat the razr maxx??? 5. and camera is just MEHHH my 1 year old sg2 could do better lol IDK??? IDK how people could be excited over this??? seems like a POS that should have been out last season AND let us all hope when the gs3 come out it will be ALOT better than this since the sad rumor have it that gs3 will have the same chip

36. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

It's just personal preference I guess, what may excite you, i.e. the Galaxy SIII may not excite someone else... I for one am not even slightly concerned with any phone Samsung puts out (been burned too many times)

39. Retro-touch unregistered

Razr Maxx has a huge 3300MAh battery no phone can compete with that no matter how tiny the die process with a 1800MAh battery, use some common sense!! The S4 is actually better than the Tegra 3 in performance check out engadget's performance scores comparing it to the international One X; The rest are valid points. I'm also waiting to see what Samsung has in store for us Thursday its been too long a wait


Posts: 3; Member since: May 01, 2012

lol I know the razr maxx has a god-like battery but that was last gen phone. I can't beleive that since this is nexy gen tech it still can't at least be on par. As for the TEGRA 3 well who gives a sh1t about that POS all nvidia want to do is be the First to bring something new out and it has always been the 1st to fail. But than again the POS in the evo 3d went south even quicker. I'm praying to the smartphone gods that the gs3 won't use any crapdragons

46. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

S3 will not use any Snapdragons since Samsung has explicitly stated that the Exynos 4412 and Exynos 5215 will have LTE out-of-the-box. The only reason why the American variations used the S3 was for data speeds which was stupid,the only one that didn't was the one for AT&T(SGH-i777). And dude RAZR Maxx has a big battery, but you could always source one from Mugen or Anker that can go higher to 4500mAH, oh and must I say that I can open the back of my phone, and use w/e size of battery I would like. And Benchmarks don't equate to real world performance. I would wait until next year, when manufacturers start producing A15 Quad Cores with GPUs that match the XBOX 360's.

47. OHscrewTHIS

Posts: 2; Member since: May 02, 2012

actually the gs3 in korea has exynos AND it has lte so what gives??? worst case scenario exynos won't be lte ready next year either for the SGS4??? and we will be stuck with crapdragons again. As for real world performance: IDK just watch the review on yotube for the one x and there are lags when view webpages with flash especially when zooming in and out. Not even as smooth as the gs2.

49. Retro-touch unregistered

That's the fault of poorly coded software with pure Android or even Touchwiz I'd expect the S4 to perform flawlessly,more benchmarking proof:

51. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Sprints version of the sgs2 didn't use a crapdragon/

48. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Bout time. HTC has been resting on their laurels since the og Evo. Too bad it came out right before the S3. Great phone, terrible timing.

2. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Really solid effort. I do not see it as a Galaxy Note competitor as just a monster smart phone in this day and age of monster smart phones. Large screen is the rage, and this is capitalizing on that.

3. Anti-Fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

"AT&T is literally on fire!" I don't think you know what literally means

24. gragonHDfones unregistered

I agree, but it's still the worst phone company out there, as in the company itself, they are getting the best phones, well not the best but good phones after another.

4. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Thanks you John for being fair in this review, can we please have a comparison between the Lumia 900 and the Samsung Focus S? Also, how many hours of web browsing can I get on the S4 version of the One X on WiFi?

15. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

Well, in my own personal experience I managed to get at least a single day of normal usage on a full charge - though, that's with HSPA+ connectivity. I'd imagine you'd get ample time, as long as you simply turn off the cell connection and strictly use Wi-Fi.

21. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

I own the One S and I'm not getting a full day with normal use, what the hell am I doing wrong? Brightness is low, Bluetooth is off, GPS is off...what else can i do?

22. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Download BetterBatteryStats and check partial wakelocks. The One S should be getting great battery life.

26. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

That's one of the reasons I bought it! I just downloaded BBS, let's see if it can help the cause, thanks.

23. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

depends what apps you use, what games you play, adds in games kill the battery alot. You aren't doing something right for sure, i get a full day (+ more) with my HTC Desire, from 8:00am-11pm. thats with about 1 hour browsing, 30 minutes games, 1 hour of music, and around 40 text messages a day. (and i normally browse, listen to music and text at the same time). Do you browse the web a lot? Displaying white screens on amoled displays drains the battery, its a trade off for being great on battery displying black

28. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

I'm not playing games, the only one I have it FIFA 12 which is not working, (it's displaying some kind of error at launch and many people are experiencing the same with no solution for now, btw), I'm browsing web, about 10 texts a day, no music, I have a dark metal look as a wallpaper (part of HTC standard wallpapers). I have to work on experimenting solutions, I know I'm doing something wrong, this phone suppose to have a good battery. Thanks for the input.

59. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

something wrong with the phone then, take it in

5. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Irrelevant until Thursday

6. forgingsteel

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I know it's lame to talk crap on the internet for people's poor grammar but dude, seriously, do not EVER use the word literally ever again. I LITERALLY thought AT&T was on fire.

14. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i LITERALLY blew my load when i saw this phone. LITERALLY LITERALLY LITERALLY!!! sorry, i had to do it.


Posts: 3; Member since: May 01, 2012

smart A$$ huh???? go crawl into the cave you came out off LITERALLY!!!

56. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

your moms vagina?

44. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

This just shows that people who are stuck up about grammar and stuff are literally low on common sense. I say this because when we say "that chick is hot" , i hope you literally don't run after her with a thermometer coz that would literally suck.
One X AT&T
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(8.50h talk time)

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