As consumers, the choice about which device is going to be your next smartphone is becoming harder and harder. Here at Android Authority, we try our best to make this decision easier for you! You can check out our ongoing video series of device comparisons including the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Optimus 4X HD.
Today, we are again pitting two amazing devices against against each other, the AT&T HTC One X, and the LG Optimus 4X HD. Let the comparisons begin!
Without a doubt, the build quality of both devices are awesome. There’s a reason these devices are high-end models, and both companies have pulled out all the stops to release beautifully designed phones. Both devices are easy to hold and seem to weigh about the same. As far as form factor is concerned, there are no winners as it basically boils down to personal preference at the end of the day. Many love the uni-body and curved design of the One X, while other consumers prefer the chrome-accented rectangular design of the Optimus 4X HD. Neither device is going to win the “slimmest phone” competition, but with both measuring 8.9mm thick, they are certainly not bulky.
AT&T HTC One X
- 1.5 Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
- 4.7″ IPS Super LCD 2 display
- 720×1280 resolution and 312 ppi (pixels per inch)
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear camera with HTC ImageChip, 1.3 MP front camera
- 1,800 mAH battery(non-removable)
- Beats Audio
- No microSD expansion
LG Optimus 4X HD
- 1.5 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor
- 4.7″ True HD IPS display
- 720×1280 resolution and 312 ppi
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera
- 2,150 mAH battery (removable)
- expandable memory storage via microSD
As you can see, the specifications of both devices are almost identical, with the difference in SoC being there only because of the notorious incompatibility issues between LTE radios and quad-core processors (The international version of the One X features the same quad-core Tegra 3 processor as the Optimus 4X).
The Optimus 4X HD also jumps ahead when it comes to two key features. First, it features a larger battery, which is also removable, and secondly, the LG device also boasts microSD support. Both features are missing on the One X which has been a major gripe for consumers.
Both devices are available with Android 4.0 out of the box with the One X featuring the Sense 4.0 overlay and the Optimus 4X HD has the Optimus 3.0 on top of ICS. Let’s take a look at some of the UI differences of both phones:
- The One x comes with the option of opening any preset apps directly from the lockscreen.
- The dockbar on both devices allow for apps to be added. In the One X, it creates folders if more than 4 apps are added, but with the LG, the dock bar is expandable.
- All icons on the 4X HD are customizable and re-sizable.
- Notification bar includes toggles such as WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. on the Optimus 4X HD.
- 4X HD native features includes Quick Memo, which allows you to draw on any app you are using.
Again, both overlays have their own advantages, but for me, it feels like the One X with Sense 4.0 features the sleeker user interface.
The LG Optimus 4X HD features a 4.7 inch True HD IPS display with 1280×720 pixel resolution and 312 ppi. Similarly, the HTC One X boasts the same resolution and ppi with its own Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen. Its display is also the same size as LG’s phone, at 4.7 inches. With the almost same displays on both devices, there’s no real comparison here.
Both devices have similar cameras with 8MP rear cameras with 1080p video recording capability, and 1.3MP front cameras with 720p video capabilities. Both device cameras have multiple settings and effects which make taking pictures very easy. In addition, the HTC One X features a burst-shot mode, which the Optimus 4X HD lacks.
You can catch the full video review here:
Price and Availability
The AT&T HTC One X is available for sale now for the subsidized rate of $199.99 with a 2-year contract. On the other hand, no release date for the LG Optimus 4X HD in the US is currently available. The unlocked version is available for sale in European and Asian markets for a hefty $733 (at current exchange rate). If an LTE version of the Optimus 4X HD does release in the US, it is safe to assume that it will feature another SoC, as is the case with the One X.
With both phones feature packed and powerful, it’s a difficult choice to make between the two. The HTC One X does feature a very polished UI, but the Optimus 4X HD isn’t that far behind. Well, if you’re in the US, you don’t really have a choice as the LG phone isn’t available yet, and the international versions of both are almost identical.
What are your thoughts? Which device is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.