Hands on with the HTC One X
Stylish, speedy with a giant display: The HTC One X is one of the most buzzed-about Android phones this year. The One X will hit AT&T stores on May 6 for $200 with a new two-year contract. We’ve had the One X in our offices for a few days now and for the most part, the One X doesn’t disappoint. It does have one big problem though: Poor call quality.
I first got my hands on the global version of the HTC One X in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. If you’ve been tracking HTC’s One Line of phones (which also include the One S and the One V), you’ve probably heard that the global version of the One X is one of the first NVIDIA Tegra 3 quadcore phone. The U.S. version, however, has a Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor—NVIDIA’s processor wasn't compatible with LTE networks when the One X was manufactured. But don’t hold the fewer cores against the U.S. One X; it still shined on all of our speed tests.
The premier phone of the One line, the One X has the best specs out of the bunch, including a large, 4.7-inch, 1280-by-720-pixel Super LCD 2 display. Design-wise, the One X is quite easy on the eyes. The review unit I used came in white, but the phone's also available in gray. The polycarbonate body makes the phone lightweight without compromising durability or style.
The HTC camera app, dubbed “ImageSense,” has a variety of new shooting modes and filters, which aren’t found on the stock Android camera app. You can shoot photos in high dynamic range (HDR), macro, panorama, burst mode and others. The camera itself has a f2.0 aperture and almost no shutter lag. I wasn't blown away by the image quality, though—indoor photos had a fair amount of graininess to them.
What good is a smartphone if you can’t make calls on it? In hands-on tests, my colleagues and I found the HTC One X’s call quality to be uneven. Interestingly, this same issue also plagued the One X’s sister phone on T-Mobile, the One S.
While TechHive’s in beta, we aren't going to be doing the reviews and ratings thing over here. But my colleague Armando Rodriguez wrote a full review over at PCWorld.com, so check his review out if you want all the details.