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HTC One X review

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Product: HTC One X
Web site: HTC One X
Specifications: 1.5GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor; 4.7in 720x1280 resolution 312ppi Super IPS Gorilla Glass capacitive multi-touch display; 1GB RAM; 32GB internal storage only; 2G GSM GPRS, Edge, 3G/LTE 21Mbit/s HSDPA, 5.75Mbit/s HSUPA and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity w/hotspot, DLNA, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0; 8MP autofocus rear camera w/LED flash and HD 1080p video; 1.3MP HD 720p front camera; microUSB and 3.5mm audio ports; GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and proximity sensors; Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with HTC Sense user interface overlay; Beats audio; 1,800mAh Li-polymer battery; 134x70x8.9mm, 130g
Price £479.95

SINCE THE LAUNCH of the much loved HTC Desire smartphone in May 2010, it's fair to say that HTC has been struggling to find 'the one'. That could be about to change, quite literally, with the launch of the HTC One X.

htc-one-xOur review unit, which arrived in a sultry "glamour grey" flavour, lived up to the hype when it came to speed, and its HD screen proved to be a great window for showcasing this power. However, that's not to say this handset is perfect, so read on for our thoughts in full.

Quad-core score
The HTC One X is, as HTC has been keen to promote, the first quad-core smartphone to tip up in the UK with Nvidia's hyped 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chipset.

As you would expect, the HTC One X is undoubtedly one of the fastest devices on the mobile market. After barely tapping the app to open it we were halfway around the Temple Run course, and we found that flicking through home screens was quite smooth. That said, you won't notice a big difference between the HTC One X and its dual-core companions such as the Samsung Galaxy S II. Hardcore mobile gamers might want to note that the Google Play apps store is still lacking Nvidia Tegra 3 optimised games.

Polycarbon is great
The HTC One X is, in our opinion, one of the company's best-looking smartphones to date. Gone is the ugly metal and plastic frame of the Sensation range, replaced by a seamless unibody polycarbonate case reminiscent of the equally gorgeous Nokia Lumia 800. At 134x70x8.9mm the handset's skinny enough to stuff into your pocket and it's lighter than the much more compact Iphone 4S with a weight of just 130g. Our only real gripe is the protruding rear camera lens, which sticks several millimetres out of the handset's back.

HTC One x packs Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad core processor device's back and camera

Super-duper LCD screen
Measuring 4.7in, the screen on the HTC One X will be larger than many smartphone users are used to. However, the svelte profile of the One X handset make it feel much more useable and not as overwhelming when held in the hand, compared to the similar 4.6in display Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

There's no denying that with a 720x1280 resolution at 312 pixels-per-inch (ppi), this sizeable Super IPS LCD display is certainly one of the most gorgeous on the market. Games look fantastic, videos crisp and colours look great even at a 180 degree angle. Our only criticism is that the screen loses all of its charm in direct sunlight.

Battery strife
It has been well documented that the HTC One X doesn't have a fantastic battery. The battery proved just as bad as reports had suggested throughout our hands-on testing, draining to almost 50 per cent after just an hour and a half of fondling. This shouldn't affect those of you that don't mind charging overnight or who plug in at the office, but it's disappointing to find on a handset of this calibre.


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