HTC One X AT&T Smartphone Review

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The HTC One X generated quite a buzz when the smartphone was first announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The initial announcement featured information and specifications for two versions of the phone, an international model built around NVIDIA’s quad-plus-one core Tegra 3 SoC (system on a chip) and a U.S. model powered by a dual-core Qualcomm chip. The lack of a quad-core model in the U.S. left some observers feeling a bit flat, but by going with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8960 HTC was able to support LTE in the U.S. Additionally; the MSM 8960 isn’t like other dual-core SoCs currently on the market. The MSM 8960 features Qualcomm's Krait microarchitecture, with an Adreno 225 graphics engine, and the chip is built using a 28nm manufacturing process. The sum-total of these advancements is a SoC that offers better per-core CPU performance than most other SoCs, with relatively strong graphics performance, and in a lower power-envelope. As you’ll see a little later, the performance of the device is very good.

Before we dive in and cover all of the specifics, we have a quick hands-on video of the HTC One X, to give you all a sense for how the device performs and fits in your hand. The model we take a look at here is the One X for AT&T’s LTE network, but other HTC One branded phones are coming to other carries as well.

HTC One X
Specifications & Features
Network
AT&T Wireless
Bands/Modes
4G LTE and HSPA+ - LTE:700MHz/AWS; HSPA/HSPA+: 850/1900/1200MHz; GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
OS
Android 4.0.3 with Sense 4.0
Display
4.7-inch True HD IPS touchscreen, 1280 x 720
Corning Gorilla Glass
Processor
1.5 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM 8960 "Krait"
Memory
1GB RAM internal memory
16GB Internal Storage
Talk and Standby Time
Usage Time: up to 8.5 hours
Standby Time: up to 12.6 days
Dimensions
5.3 x 2.75 x 0.37 inches (HxWxD)
Weight
4.85 ounces
Battery
1800 mAh
Connectivity
Bluetooth Version 3.0, 802.11b/g/n, Wi–Fi Direct, 4G Mobile Hotspot, microUSB, S-GPS, 3.5mm headset jack
Camera
8 Megapixel Rear-Facing Autofocus Camera and Camcorder with LED Flash
1.3 Megapixel Front-Facing Camera
Price
$199.99 with contract and discounts

Above we have the full specifications and features of the AT&T HTC One X. As you can see, the phone is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM 8960 dual-core SoC, which is paired to 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone has a 4.7” HD screen with a resolution of 1280x720 and it features both front and rear facing cameras. We’ll cover more of the features and design of the HTC One X on the pages ahead.


AT&T HTC One X Retail Packaging and Accessories

As for the HTC One X’s retail bundle, we found all of the usual suspects included with the device—nothing more, nothing less. Along with the phone itself, HTC includes and AC charger, micro-USB sync cable, a Quick Start guide, and a SIM eject pin.

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This is an awesome phone the only thing I don't like is the iPhone in it (closed back) with no removable battery or storage key. I love the display but will probably just wait for a minute and see what else drops. I would love something like the Galaxy note I could root, use as a phone, credit card receptacle, e-reader etc as for now my Sensation is still doing well I would just like a slightly larger screen especially for e-reading.

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That a pretty sweet phone for sure. It's unfortunate that there is no expandable storage though. I've been keeping an eye on this phone for a while, but I really like the ability to expand storage capacity. I'm currently still using my HTC Desire (3yr contract), but looking at upgrading this summer. After using only 8GB on the Desire, (I've waited to buy a 32GB micro SD card) I'm definitely looking for at least 32GB of storage to hold all my music on my phone.

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Is it true that US market is getting Quad core version of same mobile whereas European and other markets will have to survive on Dual core only?

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Im pretty sure you have that backwards. Us gets the dual core model. Europe gets quad core model.

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The sprint version will have atleast the expandable storage but not the removable battery in it.

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I like HTC. They always have dependable and sturdy phones but I'm still running fine on my Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch til the SIII hits America.

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Removable battery is a deal killer. I do not know why companies cannot get specs correct. How much extra is it to include a removable battery? As for dual to quad core.. NVIDIA, come on! Where is the LTE support?

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