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Eurogamer: Digital Foundry: HTC One X Review

HTC One X: The Digital Foundry Verdict
It's hard to believe that less than twelve months ago, the mobile arena was still reeling from the introduction of dual core phones. Now that quad core power is with us, it's hard to envisage what to expect from the next generation of mobile hardware. While the iPhone's development is carefully managed by Apple, the Android sector of the market is essentially made up of warring factions, each trying to out-quaff the other with new tech and features. While the One X is unquestionably the most impressive device of its type right now, you can bet that in less than six months it will have been gobbled up by an even bigger fish.

That's the future though, and as of right now, the One X has few serious rivals. It's blessed with a gorgeous screen as well as an attractive design, and it houses a terrifying amount of power within that svelte and lightweight frame. Its biggest failing is the inability to provide an adequate level of stamina to see the average user through an entire day before charging is required, but those of you who cannot bear to have anything but the most advanced tech in your trouser pocket will almost certainly forgive this failing.


The One X is not just beautiful, it's also packed with power.
The One X sports the quad-core Tegra 3 processor and this probably makes it the most powerful phone on the market. Games, web browsing, HD video and app switching are all handled smoothly. We also saw the most impressive benchmarks we've seen on a smartphone. For those who really care, we saw Quadrant benchmarks of 4788 and a CF Bench of 24036, 6438 and 13477.
Basically, this rocks and those numbers blow away anything else we've seen.
Speeds and feeds are one thing but what I appreciate about the One X and Tegra 3 is that this power is used to deliver a better user experience. Things like being able to consistently switch between apps without any stuttering or lagging may not get commercials but these definitely add up over time. NVIDIA likes to claim it provides "console-quality graphics" and it really does. This phone is capable of playing some games with gorgeous graphics and complex in-game physics.
Besides the 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the One X is also packed with 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, multiple sensors, NFC, WiFi, HSPA connectivity (4G LTE coming to the AT&T version), Beats Audio and everything you'd want in a powerful smartphone.


From the shutter lag speed to the ability to take photos while shooting HD videos, the HTC One X sets the standard for excellence in smartphone photography and I'm betting many of you will very happy with this.


The battery life on the One X is pretty darn good and it better be, considering you can't swap the battery. I was able to get through a full day on a single charge and that's about what I expect from a high-end smartphone. I did find that charging from zero seemed to take a bit longer than I thought it would but it's by no means slow. I'm happy with the battery life but I'm not blown away like I was on something like the Droid Razr Maxx.


The HTC One X is an amazing smartphone that provides a ton of power in an elegant and beautiful package. I've been really happy with the form factor, the overall experience and the quality of the camera. On the downsides, those who don't like Sense won't be won over by this and I did notice a few minor software bugs that were quickly ironed out by an update. Still, the One X is the cream of the crop right now.
Will there be better devices later this year? Probably, as technology always moves forward at a quick pace. But if you want a great device that looks good, feels good, performs like a champ and should be sort of future-proof, then this is the one.

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Best of all, this is a fast phone. Tegra 3 has already proved its worth in Android tablets, and the One X is little different. Apps load quickly and multitask with no lag; images open and pinch-zoom smoothly. Full HD video plays – either on the One X’s display or via MHL-HDMI output – without jerking.


The 1,800 mAh Li-Ion battery is non-replaceable, HTC following a trend led by its rivals and trading flexibility for benefits in design. HTC managed to slim the One X down to only 8.9mm as a result of its unibody design, but we still managed to get on an average of 7-9 hours of “regular” usage, and peaking at 12-hours and 41 minutes on less busy days.

Standby time is amazing. On a full charge we managed to squeeze out 8-hours of extremely-light usage overnight, waking up with 85-percent left over, and after which we still managed to get another 6-hours of usage. Of course, great battery life has a lot to do with NVIDIA’s new Tegra 3 processor, with its 4+1 cores: four primary cores, plus a fifth core that handles low level activities such as push email in the background.

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A great camera, equally great display, and all the power of NVIDIA Tegra 3 that we've come to expect. Sense 4 meshes nicely with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Free 25GB of online storage thrown in via Dropbox. Impressive design and build quality. Battery life is pretty good.

That said, the non-removable battery and lack of microSD card may be a sticking point for some. The 4.7-inch phone may be too large for small hands. The protruding camera lens can be easily scratched and isn't easily replaceable.

The leader of the next-generation HTC One series of smartphones has been a breeze to use. Android 4.0 has been improved upon with HTC Sense 4 while still retaining the overall look, feel and function of Ice Cream Sandwich, which in and of itself has an excellent user experience. The camera is a high point, Beats Audio makes music sound better, and you get a bunch of online storage thrown in for free. HTC easily has a winner in the One X.

Android Central: HTC Sense 4: The definitive guide

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AndroidAndMe Reviews Roundup

What people are saying about the HTC One X:

Design: “instant winner”, “quantum leap beyond any HTC”, “this is its flagship and it’s a beauty”, “cohesive and appealing design”, “ the start of a new era of design for HTC”

Display: “the best I’ve ever seen on a phone”, “struggling to find fault with it in any way”, “Most gorgeous display”, “outdoors the screen was both navigable and readable”, “the best display we’ve ever seen in an Android smartphone”, “a phone we can actually use outside”, “touch keys also aren’t always hyper-responsive to being tapped”

Audio: “superb across the board”, “the speaker grill belts out plenty of noise”, “Beats makes everything just a tad louder”, “speakerphone is crisp and clear and is fairly loud”, “audio quality is clear and more than pleasant on the ear, for a phone”

Performance: “Incredibly quick and smooth”, “one of the best all-round imaging experiences we’ve come across without sacrificing quality”, “it handled nearly all of our tasks effortlessly”, “jaw-dropping benchmark scores”, “Apps load quickly and multitask with no lag; images open and pinch-zoom smoothly”, “Quad-core is overkill for most people”

Camera: “best and easiest use of any Android device on the market”, “runs circles around the benchmark-setting iPhone 4S”, “ burst mode and still capture during video recording can be extraordinarily valuable in some situations”, “Fantastic camera”, “the quickest cameraphone we’ve ever reviewed”, “Low-light performance is particularly impressive”, “people who care little about aperture and shutter settings will take great photos with the One X”

Battery: “Non-removable. There is no battery cover”, ”Standby time is amazing”, ”normal usage yielded 13 hours and 38 minutes”, “Battery life not as good as the One S”, “managed to get on an average of 7-9 hours of ‘regular’ usage, and peaking at 12-hours and 41 minutes on less busy days”, “If you’re constantly on the run with no opportunity to charge, you might need to think twice”, “Getting a full 24 hours out of the battery is easily within reach”, “Battery life is questionable”

Sense UI 4.0: “there’s an overall ‘toning down’ of Sense”, “better, but it doesn’t go far enough”, “thin and light”, “this isn’t your father’s old version of Sense”, “does a much better job figuring out the spirit of stock Android and truly striving to emulate the OS”, “We were never much fans of Sense, but 4.0 changes things for the better”, “Sense 4

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The HTC One X is a superb Android smartphone that packs in just about every key feature you can think off. The HD screen is the best we've ever seen, its quad core processor is mighty fast, its camera mostly impressive and its design is reasonably smart. However, a few ergonomics and design issues just take the edge off enough to leave us a tiny bit disappointed. It is rather large, too. Nonetheless, it's currently one of the best smartphones, if not the best on the market.


Final Thoughts
The HTC One X is easily my favorite phone on the market today. Even Samsung's Google Galaxy Nexus pales in comparison. The sexy hardware design, the updated Sense 4 user interface, and the amazing camera team up with blazing performance to make the One X an unstoppable force of nature that I simply must have in my hand.

I am quite certain that there are going to be quad-core Samsung-built Android devices with equal speed and camera performance in the near future, but I doubt that Samsung has the grapes to put out an industrial design as bold as that of the HTC One X.

Pros: Beautiful design, great display, speedy and easy to use camera, improved Sense UI, quad-core processing speed.
Cons: Non-swappable battery, no 4G data support, somewhat large.


What is it?
HTC's new flagship quad-core smartphone.

What's great
The big, bright 4.7-inch screen; minimalistic unibody design; quad-core gaming and web browsing.

What's not
The battery-life could be better considering that fifth 'battery-saver' core we've heard so much about.

The bottom line
A fantastic phone that's been precision engineered to blow the competition away.


HTC’s new unibody case is thinner and lighter than its phones of old, finally daring to stray from the boring old HTC designs of recent years. It’s interesting to pick up and look at, the screen’s smooth and slightly curved, the camera an absolute pleasure to use. There are no flaws, as long as you don’t mind the non-removable battery and lack of SD card support. We don’t.

Still some slightly odd design decisions going on with HTC’s widgets, and there’s nothing like the same level of image editing and customisation and automation options we’ve seen in the Motorola RAZR and others, but it’s fast, smooth, glitch free and HTC Sense is looking more stylish than ever.

Lightning fast throughout, with apps, web sites and games all performing brilliantly. The screen’s sensitive, the camera simply astonishingly quick. Battery life’s the only issue. It’s at the low end of what we’ve been seeing from recent rival big-screened mobiles.

OVERALL: 10/10
We’re just going to have to go mad and give it the full 10. The One X is big, powerful and fast, with a camera that’s the quickest and best around today by a long way. HTC’s tweaks to Android 4.0 and its updated Sense interface are pretty much all good, giving us a phone that feels light and completely refreshed.


Verdict: 90/100
A perfect smartphone? Very nearly. Some will bemoan the absence of Micro SD expansion and the lack of a dedicated HDMI port. I expected better from such a large battery too, but the screen is huge and glorious, the CPU powerful enough to run a small country, both cameras are good and the build quality superb. Suddenly my Desire HD feels like the relic of a bygone age.


The One X display offers arguably the best image quality of any LCD on the market. Not only is it remarkably sharp (at about 312 ppi, it's virtually impossible to distinguish individual pixels), but also has great contrast and nicely saturated colors.


n conclusion, we cannot overstate how impressed we are with the HTC One X's design and build. The smartphone feels really great in hand. The commendable ergonomics and smart use of space go a long way to convince us that a 4.7" smartphone can actually be a popular choice.


Final words
So that's that then - our look at HTC's latest attempt at bringing comprehensive smartphone functionality under one roof is complete and we have to tell you we are pretty impressed with it. The One X is not only surprisingly compact for its screen size and feature set, but also every bit as powerful as the quad-core chipset inside will have you believe.
Its camera may not be the best in the business and the Sense UI might need some fine tuning, but perfection doesn't really exist in the smartphone game. What's important is that the HTC One X delivers where it really matters, providing as solid user experience as you can hope for and a picture perfect screen, which is a joy to both look at and use.
It's really easy to recommend the One X to those currently in a search of a cutting-edge smartphone - the specs and design combo it offers can't be matched by any other device currently on the market. We certainly loved the One S for its versatility, but the One X is the proper choice for geeks - Tegra gives you access to exclusive games, the HD display certainly is something and, more importantly, there's more screen estate than on the One S.
By the way, you can have both the screen and the Snapdragon S4 chipset in the form of the HTC One XL, though that's yet to come out. AT&T users should be aware that the One X their carrier will offer is actually a version of the XL (confusing, we know).

And now that we've figured who's who in the One family, it's time to look to other brands for some real HTC One X competition.
The droid whose name comes up most often when talking One X alternatives is the Samsung Galaxy Note. Packing a larger Super AMOLED screen and extra features which include an S Pen and the Wacom digitizer, the Note has quite a lot going for it. However, it's also notably larger than the One X and thus much harder to slip into your pocket, and also falls a couple of CPU cores short.

It seems HTC is heading in the right direction after the Taiwanese company altered its strategy. Focusing on fewer high-end products not only allowed for more refined, better polished models, but it probably also helped bring them to market faster. Thanks to that the One X, much like the One S, finds itself in a natural competition-free environment. If HTC plays its marketing and availability cards right, they might manage to turn last year's losses around quite quickly.


HTC One X: Verdict
The HTC One X is a handsome, speedy handset with power and versatility. You can see that a lot of thought has been applied to key features – the OS, the camera, the Beats Audio – but also to details such as the carefully milled holes that form the earpiece and rear speakers. If you can live with the size, this is currently the best Android smartphone around.

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Last edited by hamdir; 17th May 2012 at 12:51 PM.