The HTC One X is being touted as one of the most impressive smartphones to have been unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device is coming to the UK in April.
The HTC One X is part of a new family of smartphones from HTC that are designed to reboot its brand and portfolio.
The device comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD screen that is strengthened and scratch – resistant thanks to Gorilla Glass. Its dimensions are 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm. The display is an HD 720p touchscreen with 1280 x 720 resolution.
It has an 8 mega-pixel camera with a 0.7 second start-up time which can take still images continuously by holding down the shutter button. It can also take a still image while the camera is in video mode. It also packs an LED flash and BSI sensor to make it easier to take pictures in low light levels. The video recorder is capable of 1080p HD recording. On the front there is a 1.3 mega-pixel camera for video chatting.
The 1.5 GHz quad core processor, HTC says, will give lightning fast web browsing, will improve picture quality and gaming. In fact there are said to be five processing chips in the device. There is 32 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM. The storage can be increased thanks to a Drop-Box deal that offers 25GB of Drop-Box storage for two years which is good for integrating the device with a PC and other devices to share files, music, videos, pictures or documents. There is also an Office app and HTC emphasises the Drop-Box can be used to edit spreadsheets and presentations on the go suggesting they’re pitching this to the professional.
There is also plenty on offer for the music fan. Beats Audio comes as standard.
The HTC One X runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich meaning it’s one of the first to run the new operating system and get it out into the stores.
It is an incredibly sleek device which, as expected has upped the ante in terms of spec on offer in the smartphone world. Reviewers who have already got their hands on it describe it as an impressive device that comes with an elegant design. Looks aren’t necessarily everything though and one of the main concerns many consumers will have is how long the battery will last. Battery drain and the need to charge a device up at least once a day has been a feature of the move to dual-core processors. Whether batteries have been revamped and will perform better with quad core remains to be seen but it could prove to be a point of contention of devices are all singing and all dancing, but only last half a day.
The HTC One X will be available in the UK with Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange and online retailers who can be compared from mobile phone comparison websites like Best Mobile Contracts. It is expected out from April with a one off fee of around £470 being quoted and monthly deals from £31.