The HTC One X is the brand new smartphone from the HTC stable. It is available with AT&T at $199.99 on a two year contract. With Sprint, the smartphone has been renamed as HTC EVO 4G LTE. T-Mobile offers a different version of the smartphone and is known as HTC One S, which lacks LTE and high-definition screen support. An unlocked HTC One X may be available for around $780.
Some of the salient features of the HTC One X are discussed below:
HTC One X screen size
The best feature of the HTC One X is the humongous 4.7 inch screen that supports 1280×720 pixel resolution with glass capacitive display. The display is very vivid and full of colors offering the deepest of blacks and the brightest of whites. A unique feature is its resistance to reflection. It is very easy to use the on-screen keyboard to rapidly type out a letter in both the landscape and portrait modes.
HTC One X design
The HTC One X is available in two colors, i.e. white and dark gray. Its dimensions are 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm, and it weighs just 130g. The body is made of high quality plastic and covers the sides and the back of the smartphone. It has a beautifully textured matte finish. The back camera juts out just a wee bit, which makes the phone tilt at an angle when placed on any surface such as a table. A silver ring forms the boundary of the camera.
HTC One X voice quality and other support
The voice quality is really good with crisp clear sounds, direct as well as through the earphone, Bluetooth or otherwise. Voice dialing is not possible through a Bluetooth headset, which will be disagreeable with users. The service tends to be free of dropouts with strong signal reception. Occasionally there may be static through the microphone. The speaker phone is quite loud, but the quality of voice through it is tiny, albeit without any distortion. The battery life, at nearly 9 hours with LTE connection, is another fantastic feature of this smartphone.
The HTC One X supports tri-band HSPA+ 21 (850/1900/2100 MHz), quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and single-band LTE (700MHz). The smartphone can easily give fantastic 4G LTE speeds with average 11-15Mbps up and 33-37Mbps speeds. Users may notice that the rear part of the smartphone may occasionally become quite warm when high LTE speeds are operational.
HTC One X software
The HTC One X comes with the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System that is plastered with the custom interface of HTC, called the HTC Sense 4. However, unlike the UI with older HTC Android smartphones, this is much lighter and does not unnecessarily interfere with the inbuilt apps. The One X comes with seven different home screens which offer easy customization and maneuverability between screens.
The weather and clock widgets are rather unique and offer a globe-style display of weather conditions and time across the world. The email messages are in the threaded form. One can use the eye-pleasing ‘sliding tile’ display option to move from one task to another. All tests prove that the One X has none of the lag and stutter issues associated with dual-core Android smartphones. The HTC One X also comes with a Car Mode that allows users to have access to large icons on a beautifully landscaped home screen, while driving. Some of these icons include internet radio, calls facility, Google Maps, music tracks, etc.
HTC One X multimedia and apps
The HTC One X is a multimedia powerhouse and offers a number of options to the user. Some of the options that come with the smartphone are a high quality integration of the device with the many cloud based services, over the air connectivity with Microsoft Exchange and the efficient WebKit browser.
Google Play offers access to thousands of apps, books, movies, music, etc., which can be purchased by the user and loaded directly to the HTC One X. Cached streaming is used by the smartphone which facilities easy watching of movies, as a user can keep on watching the movie as it gets buffered in the background. A drawback of the One X is the presence of a number of bloatware apps.
The high definition display is apt for the viewing of standalone videos with resolution of up to 1080 pixels. The picture quality is stunning. Users, who like to watch movies on the go, will be amazed by the visual experience provided by this smartphone.
The internal storage is divided into 2.21 GB for apps and 9.93 GB for media. There is no slot for a MicroSD card. The device comes integrated with Beats from Dr. Dre Audio. This option may work with certain genres of music, while it may not sound so distinct when used with certain other genres of music. Users have the option to turn off the option.
HTC One X processor
The HTC One X comes with a heavy Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core S4 processor that can clock speeds of 1.5 GHz. The additional power provided by 1 GB of RAM, makes this smartphone a powerhouse of a device. Most of the performance tests did not reveal and glitches or weaknesses apart from miniscule drop-offs on BrowserMark and Nenamark2. The processor is capable of easily handling the additional pixels and has produced results that are quite fast across the spectrum of various uses. It is definitely faster than the performance of the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket.
HTC One X camera
The back camera is has an 8 megapixel capacity. It comes with a plethora of features such as a dual-LED flash, geotagging, a dedicated processor, an f/2.0 28mm lens and face detection. The photos can be captured in all weather conditions such as a cloudy or sunny days, indoors or outdoors and in low light conditions, and will still come out as vibrant colorful pictures. The shutter lag is almost zero. The front facing camera is of 1.3 megapixels and can be used for video calling.
High quality videos of up to 1080p can be shot at 28 fps with stabilization and 29 fps without stabilization. The video quality however deteriorates when hot indoors or under low light conditions.