TechSpot: HTC One X Review - Quad-Core Power, Looks to Spare

Many in the industry believe that HTC, which was once most beloved among Android fans, has fallen from grace. That the company has lost its way, its edge. I am here to tell you that those people are wrong. I offer as evidence the new HTC One X.

The One X, the company's new flagship Android smartphone, is the kind of phone that just leaves you breathless. Its single-piece polycarbonate body is unique in the Android world, and it is as comfortable to hold as it is drop dead gorgeous. The X's 720p resolution touchscreen display is just as attractive and functional as it is expansive, measuring 4.7 inches across the diagonal.

The One X's two marquee features, however, are likely its Android 4 OS with the new Sense 4 user interface and the phone's powerful NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, which has 4 processing cores that can run at speeds of up to 1.5GHz. The real world impact of a quad-core processor might be negligible for most tasks, but there's no denying that the marketing appeal it offers is great.

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lomas said,
Impressive.

Does that mean this phone is more powerful than my duo core processor laptop?


Why would you say that? What is the clock speed of your laptop?

I just left Samsung and refuse to buy another phone from them. Samsung is making their phone paper thin with plastic covers and their antenna quality on phones suck. I have returned to Htc and plan on staying there. Htc makes phones that are of good quality and durable. It takes forever for Samsung to come out with an OS update also. Htc is the first phone on At&t to get the ICS while Samsung Infuse 4G is sitting on Froyo, all 2 Samsung Galaxys or still waiting on ICS, and the Samsung Galaxy Note will have to wait to almost the end of the year for an ICS update. All of these phones have the same design and the same look which is really getting tired.

no matter how hard HTC tries all their phones still look the same. Theres just no difference in design at all. Who wants a phone with good specs if it still looks like an onld htc desire I have in my cupboard.

dotf said,
Nice that they've adopted Nokia's design with a different polycarbonate shape.

Expect Nokia still thinks its 1999. no one expect .1% of people buy their phones anymore.

dotf said,
Nice that they've adopted Nokia's design with a different polycarbonate shape.

Expect Nokia still thinks its 1999. no one expect .1% of people buy their phones anymore.

I hate phones like these, quad core is just going to be used for promotion and doesn't improve the product at all. It will probably just decrease the battery life and the device would be better off with a single core.

Gaffney said,
I hate phones like these, quad core is just going to be used for promotion and doesn't improve the product at all. It will probably just decrease the battery life and the device would be better off with a single core.

Not anymore. see link above...

I'd have to say that's probably the best looking HTC phone I've seen, except for the camera area. I think it's a bad idea to have the phone resting on the camera lens.

Does anyone know what the name of this phone will be when it hits VZW ? I was really excited about this and I found out VZW wont carry it but could possible change the name?

NerdyTech said,
Does anyone know what the name of this phone will be when it hits VZW ? I was really excited about this and I found out VZW wont carry it but could possible change the name?

Droid One?
The Evo One was outed for Sprint.

Wombatt said,
Their designs make me vomit

yeah since the iPhone and almost all samsung galaxy phones look a like as well

Go troll somewhere else kid.

CMG_90 said,

yeah since the iPhone and almost all samsung galaxy phones look a like as well

Go troll somewhere else kid.

Haha, no seriously.
I used to like their heavy metal and rounded edges. Now they just keep pumping out the same design. It makes me sick

I like it but the video on the verge put the iPhone 4 on top of it and it's just to big. I wouldn't like to carry that around in my pocket.

Pow said,
I like it but the video on the verge put the iPhone 4 on top of it and it's just to big. I wouldn't like to carry that around in my pocket.

Well don't wear girl jeans

CMG_90 said,

Well don't wear girl jeans

Awesome, I'll put my normal jeans on and carry my netbook in my pocket. Great functionality! Fast processor! Everything I want in a phone. Soon we will be carrying our 47inch tvs around. Just for the heck of it!

I have Samsung, I was a fan of HTC, like the article says.. fans thought HTC slipped, I am one of them. I am SURE Samsung will have an equivalent, but I do like the One, I am going to upgrade when it comes out.

bremic9188 said,
Meh. Put WP7 on a phone with those specs and I'd buy it.

Still not a fan of Android.

Not trying to start a flame war here, just curious.. what makes the WP7 so special?

I had a iPhone 3G, didn't like it. I migrated to Windows mobile myself, still have Samsung Focus, had it for a year.. didn't really like it missing features and no hidden wi-fi was a problem, and STILL some things are not there as in Android (like a editable app list.. and more than 16 live tiles.. and better app).

So I would like to know what do you like about WP7 that you DON'T think you will like with Droid? The WP7 to me.. is woefully behind both the iPhone AND Droid.. IMHO.

bremic9188 said,
Meh. Put WP7 on a phone with those specs and I'd buy it.

Still not a fan of Android.

WP7 wouldn't be able to take advantage high quality hardware such as a 1.5Ghz CPU. It's like putting a $3,000.00 sound system in a station wagon from 1986. It's a waste.

If you like driving station wagons then do it. Just don't expect anyone to upgrade it, fix it, take it by the hand and show it how to evolve (Android) into something useful. Won't happen.

rijp said,

Not trying to start a flame war here, just curious.. what makes the WP7 so special?

I had a iPhone 3G, didn't like it. I migrated to Windows mobile myself, still have Samsung Focus, had it for a year.. didn't really like it missing features and no hidden wi-fi was a problem, and STILL some things are not there as in Android (like a editable app list.. and more than 16 live tiles.. and better app).

So I would like to know what do you like about WP7 that you DON'T think you will like with Droid? The WP7 to me.. is woefully behind both the iPhone AND Droid.. IMHO.

The Android UI is ugly IMO. WP7 does everything I need it to and it looks great. It connects to all the services I use already. I think it's more of an ecosystem choice. I've always used SkyDrive, so the implementation of it in WP7 works perfectly for me.

I had an iPhone 3g for 2 years. I got bored with it. I'm still bored with iOS. And Android is powerful, but I still think it's ugly. Even ICS.

rijp said,

Not trying to start a flame war here, just curious.. what makes the WP7 so special?

I had a iPhone 3G, didn't like it. I migrated to Windows mobile myself, still have Samsung Focus, had it for a year.. didn't really like it missing features and no hidden wi-fi was a problem, and STILL some things are not there as in Android (like a editable app list.. and more than 16 live tiles.. and better app).

So I would like to know what do you like about WP7 that you DON'T think you will like with Droid? The WP7 to me.. is woefully behind both the iPhone AND Droid.. IMHO.

I have to agree! I had an accident (whoops!) with my iPhone 4S and decided it was time for a change! Tried the Nokia Lumia 800. It is so lacking in the application department! No Netflix (In the UK at least) No viber, poor DLNA support and I could not find one app that would allow me to transcode videos from Mac/PC to it (big thing for me).

Returned it and got a Sony Xperia S and I am in love <3

bremic9188 said,

The Android UI is ugly IMO. WP7 does everything I need it to and it looks great. It connects to all the services I use already. I think it's more of an ecosystem choice. I've always used SkyDrive, so the implementation of it in WP7 works perfectly for me.

I had an iPhone 3g for 2 years. I got bored with it. I'm still bored with iOS. And Android is powerful, but I still think it's ugly. Even ICS.

in b4 fragmentation, etc.

bremic9188 said,

The Android UI is ugly IMO. WP7 does everything I need it to and it looks great. It connects to all the services I use already. I think it's more of an ecosystem choice. I've always used SkyDrive, so the implementation of it in WP7 works perfectly for me.

I had an iPhone 3g for 2 years. I got bored with it. I'm still bored with iOS. And Android is powerful, but I still think it's ugly. Even ICS.

HTC phones have the Sense UI installed. Not the stock Android UI.

bremic9188 said,

The Android UI is ugly IMO. WP7 does everything I need it to and it looks great. It connects to all the services I use already. I think it's more of an ecosystem choice. I've always used SkyDrive, so the implementation of it in WP7 works perfectly for me.

I had an iPhone 3g for 2 years. I got bored with it. I'm still bored with iOS. And Android is powerful, but I still think it's ugly. Even ICS.


which Android UI? because there are thousands and thats the beauty of it.... If you liked none then something wrong with you.

still1 said,

which Android UI? because there are thousands and thats the beauty of it.... If you liked none then something wrong with you.

Not a fan of any of them.

VoX said,

WP7 wouldn't be able to take advantage high quality hardware such as a 1.5Ghz CPU. It's like putting a $3,000.00 sound system in a station wagon from 1986. It's a waste.

If you like driving station wagons then do it. Just don't expect anyone to upgrade it, fix it, take it by the hand and show it how to evolve (Android) into something useful. Won't happen.

WP7 already has great performance that outdoes most of the high end Android phones in terms of user experience. With that said, support for multiple cores is coming in WP8, so this "station wagon" you speak of is about to get upgraded. Using your analogy, Androids have nice $3000 car stereos, only with busted speakers.

DiamondFootprint said,

I have to agree! I had an accident (whoops!) with my iPhone 4S and decided it was time for a change! Tried the Nokia Lumia 800. It is so lacking in the application department! No Netflix (In the UK at least) No viber, poor DLNA support and I could not find one app that would allow me to transcode videos from Mac/PC to it (big thing for me).

Returned it and got a Sony Xperia S and I am in love <3

Well, nokia just released a DLNA app. It's very basic, but they are planning to add more features soon.

It's strange you didn't notice this; zune software for PC has a built-in transcoder. How come you missed that?

bremic9188 said,

The Android UI is ugly IMO. WP7 does everything I need it to and it looks great. It connects to all the services I use already. I think it's more of an ecosystem choice. I've always used SkyDrive, so the implementation of it in WP7 works perfectly for me.

I had an iPhone 3g for 2 years. I got bored with it. I'm still bored with iOS. And Android is powerful, but I still think it's ugly. Even ICS.

Correction: The old android UI looked crappy. The new stock ICS UI looks great. There are plenty of launchers and roms you can install to make it the way you like. Even a few WP7 launchers

I don't get whats so special about a black background and red or orange tiles...

Enron said,

WP7 already has great performance that outdoes most of the high end Android phones in terms of user experience. With that said, support for multiple cores is coming in WP8, so this "station wagon" you speak of is about to get upgraded. Using your analogy, Androids have nice $3000 car stereos, only with busted speakers.

"User experience" is the operative phrase here. Not everyone is created equal. Some of us can "use" a computer and others think their is a little man inside running really fast to make things "GO."

It's clear what the "users" think. Look at the numbers. Being better is just an opinion. Mostly from those that try to feed little guy that is inside their computer making it "GO." lol.

Good luck to you and your windows phone, all 3 of you.