HTC One X is the hottest Android mobile phone of this season. It is a flagship mobile from HTC and it packs cutting edge hardware and software. HTC One X is powered by quad-core Tegra 3 processor made by Nividia. However, the AT&T version of HTC One X has different processor, it has dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait processor running at 1.5 Ghz speed. So if you are living in USA, then you will get the dual-core powered HTC One X instead of the Quad-core varient. The reason behind this processor change is that Navidia Tegra 3 doesn’t support 4G LTE. You may think that the dual-core HTC One X for AT&T is less powerful compared to the quad-core variant but in reality Snapdragon S4 is very capable processor, it offers great performance and in some cases dual-core HTC One X beats the quad-core Tegra 3. The Snapdragon S4 processor is more power efficient than Nvidia Tegra 3, so you will get a little bit more battery life from AT&T variant. There is another difference between global and AT&T HTC One X is that global version has 32GB internal memory whereas AT&T HTC One X has only 16GB internal memory. Before the moving to the next section of HTC one X AT&T review, check out the specification of the mobile.
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HTC One X AT&T specifications:
- 134.8 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
- 129 g
- 4.7″ Super IPS LCD 2 display
- Dual-core 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon S4 Krait (Qualcomm MSM8960) processor
- Adreno 225 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB built-in storage
- 8MP Camera and 1.3 MP front camera
- Full HD 1080p video recording @ 30fps
- LTE, HSPA+
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- Bluetooth v4.0
- 1800 mAh battery
Hardware and Design:
HTC One X is one of the most beautiful mobile I’ve seen. It looks better than Samsung Galaxy SIII. The unibody design gives the mobile a premium look and it has great build quality. Front side of the mobile dominated by large 4.7” HD display protected by Gorilla glass. There are three capacitive keys below the display. On the back side it has an 8MP Autofocus camera with LED flash. The micro USB port is located on the left side, which works as the charging port. On the right side it has the volume rocker key and at the top micro SIM tray and 3.5 mm headphone jack is located. HTC One X uses Micro SIM card so normal SIM card will not work in this mobile. In spite of having 4.7″ display, the mobile is very easy to hold and use. Due to the unibody design you cannot remove the battery and it doesn’t have any Micro SD card slot.
HTC One X has an amazing display with HD 720P resolution. It uses 4.7” Super IPL LCD2 screen with 1280×720 pixels resolution. Due to this high pixel density (312ppi) it is impossible to notice any pixel on the screen. It produces great color and has great viewing angles too. It is one of the best LCD screens on the market. The screen can show good black level though it’s not as black as AMOLED displays.
User Interface and Software:
HTC One X comes with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system with latest HTC sense skin . The device which we are testing, is running Android 4.0.3. However official Android 4.0.4 is now available for both AT&T and Nvidia Tegra 3 powered global version of HTC One X. HTC is also working on a Jelly Bean update for HTC One X and One S. HTC Sense UI looks cool and offers plenty of customization options as well. HTC Sense looks better than Samsung’s Touch Wiz UX used in Galaxy SIII.
Lock screen of HTC One X can be customized in many ways. The mobile comes with 8 different types of lock screens.Lock screen can show live weather and stocks update, photo album, friend stream etc.
- Wallpaper: It will show the lock screen wallpaper with short cuts.
- Productivity: In this view you can see all notifications like call logs, messages, calendar events, etc. in the lock screen
- Photo album: Browse and view photos from album without unlocking the screen.
- Friend Stream: It will show all updates of your friends from their Facebook or Twitter accounts
- Weather: This lock screen will show live weather update of your current location
- People: You can assign some of your important contacts in the lock screen.
- Stocks: View live stocks update right on the lock screen
HTC One X for AT&T comes with 6 different themes called as ‘Scene’. Each Scene give a different look to the home screen. You can even download more Scenes from HTC website. Home Screen: Home screen can be customized with wallpaper and widgets. HTC One X offers plenty of widgets like clocks, calculator, Gmail, HTC Hub, etc. You can also download more widgets from Google Play Store.
App drawer: All installed apps and games are shown in the app drawer. The app drawer has three different views- All: in this view all apps and games are shown, Frequent: All frequently used apps and games are categorized in this view and Download: Here you can see all apps and games downloaded from the Google Play Store. Benchmark:
HTC One X has a gallery which is very similar to the stock Android gallery. Here you can see all the photos and videos stored in the device. Video Player:
Video player can play almost all videos up to Full HD resolution without any problem. HTC One X can be used as a portable video player. Videos looked great on the big vibrant screen, you can easily watch movies on the mobile. Unfortunately, HTC One X AT&T has only 16GB internal memory and it cannot be extended as it doesn’t have any Micro SD card slot. You have to rely on cloud based storage like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc to store files. Tegra 3 powered global HTC One X has healthy 32GB internal memory so it will not be a problem to store some high definition videos and music on it.
HTC One X AT&T has a very feature-rich music player with Beats Audio enhancement. The music player can play locally stored songs or you can enjoy music from SoundHound, MOG Music or TuneIn Radio. Locally stored music are categorized as Albums, Artists, Songs, Playlists, Genre. Sound quality is good using the bundled headphones. You can play with Beats Audio settings to make it even better.
HTC One X has a very capable 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash. Photos looked good with plenty of details and less noise. However I noticed that photos always have a reddish tint in them. I think this is a software issue and it will be fixed in the next software update. The camera interface is very simple, you can choose different shooting modes like Auto, HDR, Panoroma, Portrait, Landscape, etc. White balance, ISO settings can be tweaked to get the best shots. You can turn on Face detection, Auto Smile Capture, Geo-Tagging etc.
Here is an untouched camera sample from HTC one X. Click on the image to get the full size photo.
HTC One X AT&T version can shoot Full HD video at 30 fps with stereo audio recording and video stabilization. You can record videos in different resolution like Full HD, 720P, VGA, QVGA, etc. One useful feature of HTC One X is that you can take still photos while recording video.
HTC One X Full HD 1080p video sample-
- Beautiful design
- Great performance
- Amazing screen
- Good still and video camera performance
- Upgradeable to Android Jelly Bean 4.1
- 4G LTE support
- Only 16GB internal memory and no Micro SD slot
- Non removable battery
- Reddish hue in photos
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