Hands on with HTC One X, now in the UK

Hands on with HTC One X, now in the UK

Summary: The flagship quad-core Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone has gone on sale alongside its smaller brother the HTC One S, going up against Android, iOS and Windows Phone rivals — including the Galaxy S II


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  • HTC One X from the front

    HTC's latest additions to its flagship smartphone range, the One X and One S, finally went on sale in the UK on Thursday.

    The One X is the better specced of the two handsets, but not by much: the main difference between them is that the One X has a larger display and more internal storage. Both run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

    The quad-core Android handsets made their debut on February at Mobile World Congress, alongside the One XL and One V, which have yet to arrive in any country.

    Vodafone, Three, O2, Orange and T-Mobile are offering the phones on a range of different contracts, varying by operator. They can also be bought from retailers SIM-free, priced from around £480.

    In the UK, the smartphones face stiff competition from top-performing Android rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S II — widely recognised as one of the best-selling Android handsets of the last 12 months — as well as Apple's iPhone 4S. The Nokia Lumia 900, which is set to launch in May, is a potential rival from the Windows Phone camp.

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  • HTC One X flat

    The One X comes with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and a 4.7-inch, 720p HD full-touchscreen display. 

    In ZDNet UK's testing, the combination of the quad-core processor and 1GB RAM made the handset one of the most responsive Android devices to date, with no lag in opening apps or quickly swiping between home screens. It was also free of animation jitters, which are present on some Android devices.  

    Naturally for a top-of-the-range handset, it comes with all the usual smartphone staples of HSPA, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity. On-board storage is limited to 32GB, but the phone comes with 25GB of free Dropbox storage, integrated into HTC Sense, for two years.

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  • HTC One X camera

    The camera on the One X is better specified than the average smartphone, with an 8-megapixel sensor, 'smart' auto-flash that detects the distance from the subject, and an f2.0 aperture and 28mm lens. It is capable of capturing 1080p HD video using the rear camera.

    There is also a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera capable of 720p video chat.

    Image credit: Ben Woods/ZDNet UK

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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  • HTC one x has the micro sd card support.
  • I think you'll find the One V has the card slot. The X and the S don't.
  • Hi Martyn,

    Neither of the models, the One X or the One S, have microSD support, both do offer 25GB of cloud storage, provided by DropBox, for free for two years.

    Personally, I think I'd rather have microSD support (and an accessible battery!) than a bundled cloud service, but maybe that's just me.....
    Ben Woods
  • Agree with you, Ben. This is a retrograde step, first started by Apple and then Samsung. You would Imagine a top-end phone would have ALL the bells & whistles. And 25GB DropBox space for free? You can get that anyway....
    Manek Dubash
  • HTC One X : 1280x720, QUAD core 1.5GHz, 32Gb built in.
    HTC One S : 960x540, DUAL core 1.5GHz, 16Gb built in.
    HTC One V : 800x480, SINGLE core 1GHz, 4Gb built in + MicroSD

    For the One X, massively impressive specifications, just hope Android 4.0 ICS and HTC have improved power consumption issues...what are the official standby and usage times? Throwing every increasing capacity batteries at the problem isn't a long term solution, they add weight and remove capacity for additional features....like missing Micro SD card slots ;-)
  • I used one of these in the store on the weekened and I find it regrettable to say that I was not impressed. The user experience was... gay. Everyone keeps harping on about how super fast the unit is (and I'm not saying it's slow when it comes to number crunching), but simple things like scrolling around the home screens felt terrible - inconsistent stutters and jerkiness, and noticable lag. Even my Nokia N9 is smoother and more responsive.

    HTC One X - FAIL!
  • of course the N9 is better, it was God's perfect phone. Too bad the devil cancelled it :)

    Battery life of the X is apparently quite bad due to the screen, techradar has more info on it, and a battery-shootout comparing it to the S, an S2 and iPhone 4s. Apparently the S is much better battery life.