LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X

Is four times X greater than one time X? If X is greater than zero, then yes, it is. But that is valid only in the ideal world of mathematics. When you are dealing with smartphones, it gets a bit more complicated.

As you can surely tell, today we are comparing the LG Optimus 4X HD and the HTC One X – two top-of-the-line smartphones that have quite a lot in common. The list of similar traits starts with the Tegra 3 quad-core processor that they are both powered by. Moving further down their specs sheets we see high-res 4.7-inch displays present on both devices. The two run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which may not be the platform's latest version anymore, but it is the best one available here and now.

So yeah, we are expecting a photo finish at the end of this competition, but there is only one way to know for sure. Without further ado, let's fire up these babies and put them through their paces.


In our opinion, the two smartphones are equally good when it comes to design. The HTC One X is more visually appealing, with its polycarbonate unibody construction and gently curved slopes on its back, but on the other hand, the plastic body of the LG Optimus 4X HD is slightly more narrow, making the device more compact and easier to grasp.

Not that it is too big of a deal for the average consumer, but the LG Optimus 4X HD has a removable battery, regular SIM card slot, and support for storage expansion via microSD cards. The One X does not offer any of these advantages, - meaning that with it you won't be able to swap batteries on the go, you will rely solely on internal and cloud storage, and you might have to go through the hassle of getting a Micro SIM from your carrier.


We are really torn between the IPS LCD on the LG Optimus 4X HD and the Super LCD2 screen on the HTC One X. It is just that at 4.7 inches in diagonal and with resolution of 720p, both panels are a pleasure to admire. You will hardly ever notice any pixelation on either of these screens due to their high pixel density. Besides, they are both bright enough to be used comfortably outdoors.

The only significant difference between the two is their color representation. While the 4X HD's screen is more neutral in that aspect, colors on the One X's display look warmer and more saturated, but not overly. That said, it all depends what your personal preference is. If fidelity is your cup of tea, go with the LG. If vivid hues are what you fancy, go with the HTC. To us, both displays look simply awesome.

LG Optimus 4X HD 360-Degrees View:

HTC One X 360-Degrees View:



25. preet27in

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

definately THE ONE X........ cause i own 1....... and its damn good. performer...

24. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

i have the one x and it has the crappiest, weakest tinny sounding loud speaker ever. I tried three different set of phones and different downloaded quality types of music and all of them suck and are weak. beat does absolutely nothing, NOTHING to the quality of sound on this thing. It is merely a gimmick and that is all. Also, the phone quality, ear piece volume is horrible! very weak and hard to hear. The phone looks bad ass but is very awkward to hold and you will definately need a case or this thing will easily slide out of your hand. anyways, wish i could trade it in but i think this is the best droid phone out at the moment. i say that b/c there are very positive things about the phone as well, screen style big time and it is very light weight, battery is also pretty good. sense rocks!

22. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I think that htc One X now is king of Android. In Latvia you can buy SGS3 for 525 LVL (949$), what is not cheap, and htc One X for 350 LVL (633$), what is much cheaper. Htc has excellent build quality and, of course, htc Sense.

21. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

Sorry to me LG has always been the cheaper not so great cousin to Samsung i feel that the other companies just put a little more into their devices where the LG just does what it needs to to get by all in all i would choose the HTC One X. In terms of top phones this is how it seems to go: 1. Samsung or HTC (this is more based on preference) 2. Motorola 3. LG That's what i've seen at least from the history of smartphones LG is always just lagging behind a little in it's quality of their product versuses everyone else.

19. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

they all copying from htc. look at the 3d effect look at optimus and look at s3. s3 only does it the other way around. HTC ONE X IS BEST. Stop copying

13. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

wait i thought that the lock screen of the 4x HD can also place shortcuts??? it was said in the review wasnt it.. i even read that on engadget..

14. anGel_pLayer

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Yes the 4x can have app shortcuts on the lockscreen.. PA probably doesn't know how... :) Also one thing, why do they mention about one x being a better audio player with " SoundHound integration" and all but they didn't mention the MediaPlex of 4x being a better video player? Favor much?

17. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

exactly! that's what i thought too! cos i rmb reading it on the review ON PHONEARENA yes the video player on the 4x is soo much better! esp with all its features (like pinch to zoom and the other thing idk what's it is called lol)

12. TMach unregistered

I own both and in some respects they are close but afraid for all round user experience, it is the One X all the way. LG falls down when it comes to the little details such as no Notification light at all, no way of telling when battery fully charged except if the phone is being charged whilst it is on! Delicate bottom strip prone to popping loose when removing charger!

11. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

is the 4x coming to the states which service???

8. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

I'd pick the 4X, the screen is just so awesome.

16. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

what 4x stands for- one x like specs+micro sd slot+removable battery+reg.sim slot.


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

i find the conclusion unexciting,bland and boring he did not even make any recomendations or he did not even tried to emphasize the advantage or disadvantage of the two device or even the edge of one to another other... of course there's gotta be a winner in them.. for me its lg optimus 4x but not in the huge margin because i think it feels more compact in hand though i have to say that camera is a bit flaw for its autofocus problem. but it seems that lg was able to maximized its quadcore compared to htc one x but at least when it comes to built htc got the crown

5. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I would choose one x

4. Jericho unregistered

I am going to say this sam witwicky style. OoppptiiMusSss.......

18. technismtoday

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Say it 4 more times .... *if you know what i mean*

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Anyway, One X for me --- though Sense, they say, still lacks,

10. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

i like sense better than lg's interface it just looks awkward some stock stuff, then some non stock stuff. They just don't match atleast everything in the one x is consistent

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I think, yes, you should always pick a winner considering all the factors at once. other smackdowns, They have some sort of winner, but they do not discredit the loser, instead they recommend it for some other market.

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I'm tired of all these cliffhangers phonearena. It feels like I'm watching "Twilight: New Droid". Still great review. For me it would ultimately come down to design. I like the cleaner look of the LG Optimus 4X better but I like the more solid build quality of the One X. Well still, I couldn't deside lol.

6. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012


9. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

why would anyone thumb that down i agree with birds even apple fanboys hate cliffhangers because then they don't get to see their precious apple iphone win... WHY?

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