The HTC One X first broke cover back in November 2011 as the HTC Edge, and the rumoured specs suggested that it might just be the phone to make me chuck my trusty HTC Desire HD in the bin. Er, the recycling bin.
I’ve been waiting patiently for over three months, but today I finally got my hands on the HTC One X. Alas, it was tethered to a bloody display stand, but I still got to rub my greasy paws all over it (and possibly drooled on the screen a little bit).
As I mentioned, the HTC One X was attached to a stand, by a highly elastic cord that was seemingly desperate to pull the super-smartphone from my hands and back to relative safety. As such, it was hard to get a proper feel for the device, physically, but at 130g it’s actually lighter than, for example, the iPhone 4S.
And that’s despite packing a rather meaty 4.7in Super LCD2 display, which – with a resolution of 1280 x 720 – looks freakin’ glorious. At 9.3mm thick, it ain't too fat - or skinny - either.
The beastly Tegra 3 processor (hello, quad-core) laughed off all attempts to put the HTC One X under pressure, and that’s with HTC Sense 4.0 slathered all over Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).
Of course, the Taiwanese manufacturer has been shouting from the rooftops with regards to the HTC One X’s camera. Indeed, CEO Peter Chou reckons it’s “the only camera you’ll ever need”.
Well, I can confirm that the HTC One X certainly seems to walk the walk. The camera reportedly opens in 0.7 seconds, and I certainly had no trouble rattling off picture after picture after picture in incredibly quick succession. Sadly, the aforementioned tether would only allow me to take pictures of the stand or people’s feet. Bah.
With the HTC One X’s dual shutter, you can record video and take pictures simultaneously. There’s also a burst mode for the camera that captures up to 99 pics consecutively – one every 0.2 seconds. Cripes.
The HTC One X looks the part too, being carved from a single slab of polycarbonate. The model I played with looked great in white, and it’ll also hit the shelves in grey.
What do I want? The HTC One X. When I do want it? Now. Alas, I’ll have to wait till April. Mother f…