HTC One vs HTC One X+ [video]

by: Mike AndriciFebruary 19, 2013


With the HTC One now official after months of speculation, it is time to see how much HTC has evolved over the past year, and exactly how much did HTC’s One line has evolved since its most recent member has been released.

Some may argue that a much better suited comparison would pit the HTC One against the HTC Droid DNA, but don’t worry, we’ve also got you covered if that is the case. Myself, I find that the Droid DNA / J Butterfly actually borders the fine line between a phablet and a smartphone and that HTC’s latest high-end smartphone, was the HTC One X+, the upgraded version of the first exponent of a new wave of smartphones coming from the Taiwanese manufacturer.

So, is the HTC One a significant improvement over the HTC One X+? Join us as we find out by going through the following equally important sections: Display, Design & Build quality, Internal Hardware and Android Version & Software tweaks.


The HTC One X+ uses the exact same display used by the HTC One X, namely a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 panel that runs at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and measures a PPI density of 312. Plenty argue that this was the best smartphone display for the most part of 2012.

In the other corner, the HTC One also features a 4.7-inch display, but this one is using the Super LCD3 technology and runs at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD, 1080p, they all mean the same thing). In terms of PPI ratios, the HTC One is the new king, with an impressive result of 468.

While no significant improvements were made to the color accuracy and brightness / contrast levels (remember that the One X+ already featured a great display), the panel on the HTC One is much crisper than that of the HTC One X+, even when you don’t use a microscope to check out the display’s content.


Verdict: The HTC One wins this round thanks to its fullHD native resolution.

Design and Build Quality

The HTC One X+ uses the same chassis as the HTC One X, a polycarbonate body with rounded corners that’s both a joy to watch and to handle.

The One X+ measures 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm (5.29 x 2.75 x 0.35 in) and weighs in at 135g (4.76oz). It’s quite a robust, compact and beautiful smartphone!

The HTC One offers an aluminum curved back and much more aggressive corners, with only slightly rounded corners. Official measurements are 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm and 143g, so, from the looks of it, our contenders are both equally compact.

While the HTC One X+ features three navigational buttons at the bottom, the HTC One makes due with just two capacitive buttons. The HTC One features a speaker grill on both the upper and the lower bezel, but we’ll cover the stereo speakers in the next section.

Verdict: The HTC One X+ and HTC One speak slightly different design languages, but they are both great looking devices.


Internal Hardware


The HTC One is the first smartphone announced to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, basically an overclocked version of the Snapdragon S4 Pro. This means that powering the HTC One packs a 1.7GHz quad-core Krait processor and an overclocked Adreno 320 GPU.

The overclocked Tegra 3 SoC (1.7Ghz Cortex A9 CPU and Nvidia ULP GPU) that can be found inside the HTC One X+ is also a fast processor, it is no match for the Snapdragon 600. Additionally, the HTC One features 2GB of RAM, while the One X+ has only 1GB of RAM.

Internal Storage

The HTC One X+ is available in both 32GB and 64GB versions, with the same internal storage options being available for the HTC One as well. None of these allow for expandable storage via a microSD card slot, which is a shame to say the least.

Cameras and Speakers

The HTC One is a smartphone that just speaks multimedia. The dual speakers are accompanied by a Beats headphone amplifier, while the camera system is unique and promises to be revolutionary.

HTC has invented the term UltraPixel to define a 4-megapixel camera that has bigger pixels capable of getting more light and therefore to produce better photo and video, especially in low light conditions. The 2.1MP camera on the front is not as interesting, but should suffice for the occasional video conference.

The HTC One X+ is not nearly as impressive, featuring a mono speaker, an 8MP primary camera and a 1.6MP secondary camera.



The HTC One and the HTC One X+ are similarly equipped when it comes to battery capacity: the HTC One uses a 2300 mAh battery, while the One X+ makes due with just 2100 mAh. In theory, both smartphones should provide similar battery life as the HTC One is more power-hungry.

Verdict: The HTC One beats the HTC One X+ in almost every department except for storage, meaning that the former is the winner.

Android Version and Software Tweaks

The HTC One X+ runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and uses HTC’s Sense 4+ UI, while the HTC One runs Android: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, overlaid with a new revamp of the Sense UI, called the New Sense.

Several improvements have been made to the design of the UI with the New Sense, with HTC also bringing new features such as the BlinkFeed – a live home screen that displays a stream of events similar to a home screen of a Windows Phone 8 smartphone – and HTC Zoe, a proprietary camera app / network that lets you improve and share your photos and videos.

Verdict: The New Sense brings some useful features, so the HTC One takes this round as well.


There’s no doubt about it: the HTC One is a much better phone than the HTC One X+. The HTC One is faster, uses a new and sleek user interface and comes with dual speakers as well as an improved camera.

The HTC One is a true and worthy successor to the critically acclaimed HTC One line of flagship Android smartphones. Do you guys feel the same?

  • there is no big Difference bettwen them

    • Eastern37

      There is nothing the same…….

    • le_lutin

      I’m not sure they could make the camera any more different.

      Um… what else… oh yeah the speakers, another big difference.

      I’d be interested to know what you consider a big difference. Maybe if they made the phone spherical and crafted from unicorn horns?

  • tBs_Battousai

    the one hardware looks great but that new skin… looks rubbish IMO

  • MasterMuffin

    “…and exactly how much did HTC’s One line has evolved since its most recent member has been released.”

    What? :)

  • CyBrix_21

    I think it’s a better choice if they put a virtual button rather than 2 capacitive button… It is harder to understand how it will work because people are accustomed to the system…

    But, overall, the HTC One is the beast to be challenged!

  • Rami

    This is depressing since i got my One X+ only 3 months ago; I would have waited for this. But I have to hand it to HTC. It was debatable over which was better, the Galaxy s3 or HTC One X+, but I’d bet most people would believe that the HTC One is better.

    • Eric Hope

      Yeah, I’m with you on this. I just got my One X+ in mid-January. I was aware that this phone was coming out soon, but I was in desperate need of an upgrade at the time, and it was unclear exactly when the M7 (as the One was previously known while it was in development) was actually going to hit the shelves, and I really didn’t feel like I could wait any longer (I’d already been doing so since mid-November). To be fair, I absolutely ADORE my One X+. The existence of the One won’t make my One X+ any less great. From a physical design perspective, I actually PREFER the One X+. The One looks a bit too much like the Blackberry Z10 in my opinion (with some heavy influence from the iPhone 5): stark, industrial… On the other hand, no one could ever confuse the One X/One X+ for any other phone, as its design is so unique. The thing I DON’T quite get with this new phone is the nomenclature: HTC introduced the One series last year, and came out with a bunch of phones within it: The One X, the One S, the One V, etc, etc. It just seems a bit strange the the plain “One” is coming out AFTER all the variants. If anything, you’d have expected the One X to have been called the One (as it was the flagship when they introduced the series), and that THIS new phone might be labeled the One X or whatever. It’s confusing. Honestly, I’m not sure even HTC knew they were going to name this phone the One, as just a few weeks ago, I saw a video of a presentation/party at HTC, where Peter Chou had everyone chanting “M7! M7!” ( You’d think they would have been chanting “HTC One! HTC One!” if it were truly part of that tradition. Goes to show that the One wasn’t necessarily conceived as being part of the One series, and that the naming was quite possibly a last-minute development. Perhaps its not born out of the same philosophy at all… Don’t get me wrong: It still seems to be a great phone (a FANTASTIC phone, even. Someone please send me one!); I just don’t necessarily see it as the continuation of a series, but rather something new entirely.

      • Frank Lin

        well I think it’s good HTC stuck by the “One” they put too many other names before like Sensation, EVO, Desire, so it’s harder to get the brand recognized. If they stick to One name it will give better recognition as Samsung does with Galaxy, Sony does with Xperia etc.

        In Canada, the One only comes in 32GB so I’m happy about getting the One X+ with 64GB. Remember that 32 GB you only get around 25 GB to use the rest is for the system. On my One X+ I already used up 17/55GB but if my phone was only 32 then that would be worse. Plus I’m sure we’ll get Sense 5 with Blinkfeed soon…

  • Ken Barker

    Nice phone, but I feel Sony Xperia Z is a better phone.

  • Martin Sõmer

    Exactly a page I was looking for. Cool. I think HTC One X+ looks better. And I understand the HTC One new camera system is good but why didn’t they use at least 8-megapixel camera? Everything else is great. I wasn’t sure if I wait for HTC One or buy HTC One X+ now, but this site helped me. I will wait for One. Thank you :D