Update: We have finally managed to get hold of a final production model of the One X, so check out the updated video and see the italicised text below for our thoughts after spending a bit more time with the HTC flagship.
Rumours of a quad-core handset from HTC have been circulating for some time, with numerous reports offering varying details of possible specs and design cues. Initially codenamed Edge and then Endeavour, the handset has finally received an official launch as the HTC One X at Mobile World Congress.
We were fortunate enough to be offered an exclusive preview of the flagship handset at HTC headquarters in Slough ahead of the MWC launch, and this meant we could get our hands on a prototype device and take a look to see if the hype surrounding it was justified.
- 1.5GHz quad-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8 MP camera with ImageSense
- Beats Audio Technology
- Wireless HDMI
- 16GB and 32GB versions
- 25GB of free cloud storage via Dropbox
- 4.7-inch SuperLCD 720p HD touchscreen
- 1080p and 720p video recording
- Fill Wi-Fi and DLNA connectivity
- Wireless HDMI (via HTC Medialink HD)
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- microUSB port
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Accelerometer, proximity sensor and auto-brightness sensor
Initial impressions of the One X are definitely positive, and its glossy white plastic shell and slight curvature in the chassis offer a gentle evolution on the well known HTC unibody design. The 4.7-inch 720p display has excellent clarity and brightness and features curved edges slightly reminiscent of Nokia’s recent Lumia 800.
Extended use of the handset led to us being even more impressed with the screen and overall design than after our initial hands-on. The phone is stunning in the hand and the display is perfect in virtually all situations.
Aside from the aforementioned quad-core CPU, the handset contains 1GB of RAM with 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage. Although there is no SD card slot for memory expansion, the One X does come with 25GB of free cloud storage from Dropbox, so space is not an issue here.
The operating system of choice is Android Ice Cream Sandwich and the ever intuitive HTC Sense has undergone an overhaul in order to maximise the capabilities of the Android platform. All the usual Google and HTC software is preloaded but thanks to the quad-core CPU, menu scrolling and handset navigation is an effortless, lag-free experience.
The One X really is lightning fast in everyday use. Despite attempts to slow down the processor through heavy multitasking, the device remained consistently responsive throughout.
Video recording is equally impressive on the handset and one very exciting innovation is the ability to shoot an image whilst recording HD video footage thanks to the on screen dual-capture buttons which sit directly next to each other within the camera app. It’s even possible to capture a frame from the footage whilst watching it back, so if you missed your ideal shot when filming you can go back and grab it later on.
The camera really is a highlight of the handset, with both still image capture and video recording being of the very best quality.
Beats Audio technology has been rolled out across all audio outputs on the HTC One X, which means that the sound enhancement technology can be engaged whether listening to music or even when watching movies or Youtube videos.
Connectivity is another strong point, particularly when looking at wireless options. Of course, the standard Wi-FI and Bluetooth 3.0 are present but also available are NFC3, DLNA and wireless HDMI which, when twinned the HTC Wireless HDMI Unit, means pushing your multimedia content to TV is just a three finger swipe away.
Our time with the HTC One X was extremely limited, but we came away feeling suitably impressed with the device and particularly excited by the capabilities of the on board camera. We will, of course, reserve final judgement until we can get hold of a final production model, following which you can expect a full in depth review.
After more time with the One X we were still totally convinced with its flagship device credentials. Aside from some minor gripes such as limited battery life and the not-quite seamless integration of ICS and HTC Sense, we can honestly say that the One X is undoubtedly one of the most impressive handsets currently available.