HTC One X suffering 'death grip'?

HTC One X suffering 'death grip'?You've got to feel a little bit sorry for HTC at the moment. It just can't seem to shake off the bad press it keeps getting over issues with the HTC One X.

First, it was the battery and now there are complaints surfacing that the company's flagship device is suffering from issues connecting to Wi-Fi.

According to grumbles over on the XDA Developers forum, you can render the wifi totally useless or quell it to the extent it rinses the battery by holding your handset in a 'death grip' - in the same way iPhone 4 users were able to magically make their mobile signal disappear in days gone by.

All you have to do is gently squeeze the side back of your phone, between the camera lens and the volume buttons and see if it makes a difference. A positive result means you may have a fault.

Luckily, we have one we made earlier right here. Well, we didn't make it but a contact at HTC has loaned us a One X to play with for a few weeks and we have to say we have absolutely no issues with this unit which is running the latest FW.

In fact, we've asked a few pals with the phone to try it too and none have reported issues suggesting that this may be a localised issue. Apparently HTC is aware of the 'issue' and is on it. So all good. Let us know if you have a One X and if it's affecting you below.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 12, 2012 at 22:29

Wouldn't be surprised. At times I found the reception oddly bad. 'Oddly" because it'd lose 3 bars while another phone on the same network would have perfect reception in the same location.
Since I knew within 2 hours that I wasn't gonna keep the Htc One X, I didn't break my head over the issue.

adnaan_p  Jun. 12, 2012 at 22:59

I have really bad reception at times. Could this be the phone or the network?
I was with talk mobile and kept loosing reception so switched to 3 which isn't much better.

However I do love the phone

LeakingBytes  Jun. 12, 2012 at 23:23

So it does! I can reliably drop a WiFi signal bar by holding my One X from the top (covering it's camera lens and internal PCB) rather than the bottom (covering the external speaker and battery). Phone network signal doesn't seem to be affected though.

It's an unusual way to hold the phone but it could be quite significant ... I'm sat just a few feet from my WiFi router as I try this. That usually fills all bars. No doubt a weaker signal could drop completely.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 13, 2012 at 01:30

I get the feeling HTC rushed the One X through the development phase to best the S3 to market, unfortunately that's led to them selling a beta product to the masses.

Treab  Jun. 13, 2012 at 01:43

I have devised a fix... all you need to do is send me your phones and they will be returned in 5-6 years...

kamawell  Jun. 13, 2012 at 07:58

Yep, just tried it out and mine does that too. Not really much of an issue though - I'm about as likely to hold it that way as I am to dip it in a glass of water (which wouldn't do much for the signal either.)

supadupasumo  Jun. 13, 2012 at 19:39

Did anyone here actually read the XDA forum linked to in this article? It's talking about a reverse death grip where pinching that area of your phone instantly and radically IMPROVES wifi signal, which was otherwise unacceptably poor .
Pinching mine there drops 1 bar of wifi signal from about 20ft away in a different room, which is probably normal since I'm actively covering the antennae.
Anyway, there are plenty other problems to be grumbling about with this phone. Still, could be worse, could have an iPhone :P


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