HTC One X Impressions – All hail the new king of Android

by: RandyApril 4, 2012

First Impressions

Do you remember 2010? Those were the days for HTC. The HTC Desire and HTC Legend were winners playing in their own league. Nothing could defeat them, nothing could touch them. In 2011, the consumer market changed hearts. The Samsung Galaxy S2 won the battle against the Sensation. It was dark skies across all HTC forecasts.

Despite facing a mountain of obstacles, HTC pressed on. Unlike Samsung, which has its own Bada operating system, HTC is all-in Android and Windows Phone 7. In the face of vicious competition, investing in another OS made little sense for the Taiwanese. It was time for HTC to raise the pot and play its aces. And aces it played.

Everything about the HTC One X is astounding. Every touch that lagged on the HTC Sensation, excels on the One X. It feels unstoppable. It’s like all processor lag bumps were sliced up, Ninja Fruit combo style. It is almost unthinkable that HTC has created this phone.

HTC One X specs:

  • Dimensions: 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm, 130 grams
  • Micro SIM
  •  4.7″ HD LCD screen, with Gorilla Glass protection
  • 1280×720 resolution
  • 1.5 Ghz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 32 GB built-in memory, no microSD slot
  • 8MP rear camera with ImageSense, 1.3MP front camera
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • NFC support
  • 1800 mAh battery
  • Beats Audio integration

Having handled both the Tegra 3 SoC and the Snapdragon S4 versions, I can safely say that both are lightning quick devices. Whether you end up getting either the Tegra 3 or S4 LTE variants, it really matters not. Both are incredibly fast and their speed is unmatched – for now.

HTC one x


However, this HTC flagship does feel strangely Nexus-like. It’s like a statement to Google – “here it is Google, a Nexus Prime done right.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t ready to fight the Galaxy S2, the Note, or the Galaxy Nexus. I hope, however, that HTC is ready to take on the unreleased Galaxy S3.

Like Google’s flagship Nexus, the One X has a slightly curved display and a blazing fast camera. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus, the display is a Super LCD2 and the camera is obviously far better.

I will say though, that it is a shame  the HTC One X is constrained in a polycarbonate unibody. I love the HTC One S aluminium unibody, and I’m sure the One X would look and feel better in metal. If I wanted something plastic, I would have bought a Samsung. I think that the decision to go polycarbonate may cost HTC dearly in the long run.

To make matters worse, the battery is not removable. The One X’s 1800mAh battery isn’t that impressive considering what Motorola has achieved with their 3300 mAh battery in the Droid RAZR MAXX. I’m pretty sure that Samsung will use this shortcoming to push their Galaxy S3 further, hopefully something close to or beyond the 2400 mAh range.

The camera on the HTC One X is without a doubt, the BEST camera on any Android device. It’s an 8MP f2.0, 28mm lens with BSI sensor. To raise it a notch higher, there’s  an image processor called ImageChip that enables the One X to take 99 continuous shots (all 8MP) at four frames per second. There’s also the ability, called Video Pic, to snap a photo while recording a video.

Beats Audio gets a boost too. Whereas previously, it only functioned in the stock music and stock video apps on the Sensation XE, but now, it works throughout the OS. Apparently, it now works in “ films, YouTube clips, games and music.”

Parting Thoughts

Quite simply, the HTC One X is the best Android phone out right now. The question is – for how long? There are two other phones that consumers have been waiting for – the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the ASUS Padfone. The One X might defeat the Padfone, but I doubt it will be able to fend off the Galaxy S3.

Like the rest of you, I’m just waiting for the S3 announcement, and will decide my next Android purchase then. May the best Android manufacturer win! Who will be victorious?

  • Guest

    > 1800mAh battery NOT 3300 mAh

    Great device! All those features with a tiny/useless battery that will quickly be dead before lunch!


    • Amine Elouakil

      The battery life is more than respectable, check reviews after the last update.

      • Guest

        I think we have totally different definitions of the word “respectable”. I use my phone VERY heavily for a VERY wide variety of things. “Just turn everything off” isn’t a solution for many serious professionals/business people.

        • Amine Elouakil

          I don’t know what makes you think that I’m neither a proffessional nor a manager in one of the biggest corporation in the world (I’m not hiding my identity), I use my smartphone all the time, if the smartphone can get me trough the day It is a respectable performance for me. The One X achieved 12hr talk time, 6hrs of vidéo play back of full HD vidéos at maximum brightness with wifi and 3g on, 24hr on moderate usage.

  • Amine Elouakil

    Well the One X is the new king not only for Android but the king of all Smartphones, of course at some point it will be detroned, but it will take the competition a quater to catch up : for exemple the SGSIII should be slightly faster as Samsung will have plenty of time to benchmark the One X and adjust the SGSIII before release but the One X will hold it ground with it overall quality (Samsung never been known for it hardware and software build quality hopefully it will change to heat the competition even more) and being well rounded. The SGSIII Won’t be released till the end of may with an availability in June for Europe/Asia and if things are like with the SGSII the USA won’t be seeing this device anytime soon.

    For me it’s a no brainer I’ll be buying the One X/XL (still hesitating between the two products) and when the SGSIII is released, I will see if it is worth switching (which I honestly doubt as I said before it will probably be a little faster, from a GPU stand point at least but I don’t believe it will that much of a difference), if it isn’t I ll wait for the next One which will be coming probably for the holidays saison (release date september/october) with probably a Quadcore S4 or a Tegra 4 (less probable)

    • The problem with this is – it will take them 1 quarter to overtake HTC, but after that, Samsung might rule for 3 quarters…

      That happened with the SGS2 last year. The only thing that came close to beat the S2 was the Samsung Galaxy Note.

      • Amine Elouakil

        Like i explaned before HTC will be releasing It new flagship by holidays season It will be definitly faster than the SGS3, last year was a mess for htc that was an exception, if we track htc and Samsung releases back to 2005 you ll understand what I mean and just to put you into perspective lets take the exemple of 2009 and 2010, in 2009 htc released touch diamond 2 and the mighty HD2 Samsung released the omnia phones nothing could touch the HD2. in 2010 HTC released the EVO 4g and Desire HD and other phones like the desire, Samsung released the galaxy line up leaded by the S, the SGSI was better than the Desire but coudnt match the Desire HD , in 2011 appart from Sensation htc had only random releases It might be due to Qualcomm delays to release It s4 i dont know, but this time the quadcore variant is planned before holidays not to mention that HTC is no more dépendante on only Qualcomm we might even see an omap5 or tegra 4 in the future release.

        That’s one point,the other is that the SGS3 will come at the same time as some though competitors for example the Asus padfone or Meizu Mx and Huwei phones,Motorola might annouce something from It side and the probable release of the iPhone5 in june

    • Brad

      Your comment history shows you’re on every single article about htc. You’re the biggest htc fanboy there is.

      Nothing you say has any credibility when all your comments are filled with biases and half truths.

      Your fanboy posts won’t trick people from seeing that htc makes poor software and ugly hardware.

      • Amine Elouakil

        I am biased? Ok let’s put your comment under some arguments and see if it holds.

        You call me a fanboy because most of my recent comments are on HTC threads? Can you please tell me what brand is having a major release right now? Samsung? Motorolla? LG ? No it is HTC with it One line up and EVO on the android side and the release of the lumia 900 in the US where I don’t live, a WP7 On which I commented on TheVerge and defended the device that got 4 out of 10 for it ecosystem which is totally unfair.

        You call me again a fanboy while you can’t even counter argue or have a factuel comment,on the other hand my comment was pretty consistant with facts to back it up, so who’s the biased ? I who argues or you whose comment is resumed to insults without a single fact, the answer is obvious.

        Half truths? I dare you to point a single one and show where I m lieing, I think from butthurt comment It is safe to assume that you are the biggest fanboy here and not I

  • Masterkui001

    the pictures shown are the HTC One S but the article is about the HTC one X/XL, am I missing something?

  • Brianepatt85

    HTC is smart to beat sg3 to the punch and I’m sure it will eat up some impatient sg3 fans. One would think Samsung will release some specs right about now…. no micro SD, no removal for that weak battery, no thank you.

    I disagree about the metal on HTC. ALL PHONES SHKULD BE MADE LIGHT AS POSSIBLE. I seriously don’t know one person who has a elite phone and doesn’t put a case on it. Really don’t get all the design complaints about phones. Why make a phone heavy just so it can look prettier and then be covered up by a $30 case.

    • Amine Elouakil

      I never put à case on my phone, why would you want to buy à svelt and sexy phone to put It in an ugly tick case?

    • Sam

      lol i am the person who dont put either casing or screen protector on the phone. why waste the design?

    • Guest

      You based your decision on which cell phone to purchase… based on how “pretty” they look? I don’t. Besides, everyone has a different definition of “pretty”.

      • htcisthegreatest

        Didn’t this person phones should be as light as possible? Didn’t they say why make a phone heavier to look prettier? You dumb idiot.

  • wonshikee

    I believe the metal frame blocks NFC.

    Also metal frames feel nice but they also are less durable.

    I’m more curious about samsung’s supposed ceramic case for GS3.

  • Trinder_s

    is that tegra 3 real? what abaut snapdragon s4 ?

  • Amine Elouakil

    Dear androidauthority, why in every thread about any phone the SGSIII is brought and mentioned as the reference in terms of specs while we dont know anything about It appart speculations, the Droid razer maxx is a good référence the SGSIII one definitly not! It sounds like pure fanboyism than serious journalism

    • That’s simple amine. From a marketing perspective, the SGS2 is the best selling and most awarded phone in 2011.
      Hence, everyone is awaiting and hoping to compare it to the S3.

      The motorola razr, as nice as it may be is neither a market leader nor a piece of art.

      • Amine Elouakil

        Last I checked it is neither the best selling nor the most rewareded, although can’t denie it is one of the best phones of 2011 and it was awarded. but if you have some numbers that proves what you say, I would like to see them because it is a nice piece of information to know

  • Stacy

    When will htc stop making ugly phones? They practically did nothing but re-brand their old phones.

    It’s insulting to us consumers that htc thinks they can trick us and sell their old ugly designs just by changing the name.

    No wonder they’re going down the toilet.

  • htcisthegreatest

    I never had a problem with any HTC phones. I vowed ne er to buy a Samsung again after the behold 2. I borrowed a gravity touch and it was garbage. I had an LG g2x (absolute worst phone ever). I have never had any problems with any HTC phones. from the t mobile dash to the wing to the the tytn 2 to hd2 to mytouch 3g and now a sensation. all have been great. I have had multiple blackberries (garbage) sonys LGs samsungs a t mobile comet (one of the worst phones ever) and other pieces of garbage but HTC has never let me down. call me what you want ill ne er see it because ill be off enjoying my HTC sensation instead of reading your reply. forget what people say if you want something reliable get an HTC and not one of those other gimmicky android toys out there.

    • htcisthegreatest

      I will admit the keyboard sucks

  • Paulinho

    How come when I play ninja frut the htc one x lags. you are saying lag free which is not correct