Hands on with the HTC One X: my new phone? (from MWC 2012)

Hands on with the HTC One X: my new phone? (from MWC 2012)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”.

Hands on with the HTC One X: my new phone? (from MWC 2012)

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…

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blizzard7  Feb. 28, 2012 at 16:41

Drooling on the screen? God only knows what illnesses the next people who hold that phone are going to contract. :p

This does look like an absolute beast of a phone though. Hurray for HTC listening to their customers!

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 16:58

Lewis, what does it feel like? You mention the relatively low weight. Does it feel Xperia Arc-like fragile? And what is that colour? White? Eggshell? It's not photogenic imho

lcurdie / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 17:11

It didn't feel particularly dainty, no. As Wendy remarked: it doesn't seem that big a phone at all, despite having a 4.7in display.

Oh, and it's white white.

I reckon it'll be between this and the Samsung Galaxy S III, but the HTC One X is pretty awesome-o.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 17:47

Thanks.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 19:41

Lewis, I have four questions regarding the One X.

1) Does it actually feel any faster in general use than a current top end Android phone (basically, it is noticeably better than my S2)?

2) Is the S-LCD2 screen nicer than SAMOLED+ (ignoring the resolution differences, so just colour reproduction, brightness and clarity etc).

3) Is the camera better than the iPhone 4S', in your opinion?

4) Does it lag in the usual Sense ways?

I think that's about all for now :p.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 19:53

Very lawyerish definition of "a couple" :p

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 20:03

Meh, I got carried away...I've edited my post, better now :p?

lcurdie / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 20:26

1) Does it actually feel any faster in general use than a current top end Android phone (basically, it is noticeably better than my S2)?

4) Does it lag in the usual Sense ways?

It's hard to say definitively from the hands-on since I had no connection whatsoever - not even Wi-Fi. However, Sense 4.0 has thankfully been toned down, so there's less of that fancy carousel type stuff going on, for example.

2) Is the S-LCD2 screen nicer than SAMOLED+ (ignoring the resolution differences, so just colour reproduction, brightness and clarity etc).

In terms of being "nicer", I reckon the diplomatic answer is that it's subjective. Actually, I was immediately reminded of this thread. However, it certainly has brightness, clarity, etc. in abundance.

3) Is the camera better than the iPhone 4S', in your opinion?

I'll go out on a limb and say: yep. It's really impressive. In fact, we should have video of it up now, if I'm not mistaken...

I think that's about all for now :p.

Phew (_;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 21:00

I'll ask so noone else does: will it get Sense 5.0? :p

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 23:05

It's "Polar White", by the way. And there will be a "Glamour Grey" version, too.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 23:16

I saw the grey version in a video PocketNow.com did comparing the size and screen of the One X to other popular devices, personally I preferred it in white.

Saying that, no-one's getting my money until I get to see an official SGS3 specs list and hands on preliminary review.

Jan, you mock about it getting Sense 5.0 but the DHD came out with Sense 2.1 and is now on Sense 3.5...anything's possible :p.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 23:28

I saw the grey version in a video PocketNow.com did comparing the size and screen of the One X to other popular devices, personally I preferred it in white.

Saying that, no-one's getting my money until I get to see an official SGS3 specs list and hands preliminary review.

Jan, you mock about it getting Sense 5.0 but the DHD came out with Sense 2.1 and is now on Sense 3.5...anything's possible :p.


I never mock, sir. I'm asking fair, unbiased...oh, who am I kiddin'...

PS - on a personal-taste level: I find thiis HTC ugly. Sorry, but it just doesn't do it. It has a definite 1970's sci-fi movie look... I didn't fancy the 70s and the future it promised :p

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 23:41

You're not kidding me, that's for sure :p!

It's not my favourite HTC, it looks boring in grey and too "flashy" in white. I preferred HTC's "quietly brilliant" side, as opposed to their "BEATS AUDIO AND FLASHY WHITEP PHONES" side.

Don't even get me started on beats audio, it sounds f-ing horrible, Bang and Olufsen, Bose, Sennheiser etc. all sound far better.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 00:23

Jan, I need to speak to you and Twitter won't let me DM you, apparently you've unfollowed me but it could just be Twitter being "special".

blizzard7  Feb. 29, 2012 at 00:47

Personally, I prefer tend to prefer HTC's designs and this one is no exception (in white anyway). I think it looks a lot nicer than the S II's and iPhone's feature-less slab look.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 03:34

Matt, I didn't unfollow... Wait, I check ;)

mrew42  Feb. 29, 2012 at 15:45

Matt, my Sensation running the latest release candidate ICS 4.0.3 and Sens 3.6 is super, super smooth. No lag whatsoever. I can only image what Sense 4 on a quad core will be like.
BTW Beats audio is fin if you don't have those wrteched headphones. For Sennheisers etc it does sound VERY good. (though not as good as the CM9 music player app - that really does the business)

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