LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X

by: Carl ParkerMarch 27, 2012

Today’s match includes two phones that were announced at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona a few weeks ago. LG had announced the LG Optimus 4X HD, the successor to the LG Optimus 2X from last year. Meanwhile, HTC also revealed its HTC One X. Naturally, we can’t resist seeing how these potential giants measure up to each other in the ring.

Design and Display

The LG Optimus 4X HD is rocking a 4.7 inch True HD IPS display with 1280×720 pixel resolution. LG is promising the “finest viewing experience with high resolution, clarity and no color or shape distortion.”

Despite the size of its display, the LG Optimus 4X HD is surprisingly super slim at 8.9 mm in thickness. We don’t have additional details on the phone’s dimensions as of this writing, but we’re told that the LG Optimus 4X HD fits comfortably in the hand.

Similarly, the HTC One X boasts a similar 1280×720 pixel resolution with its own Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen. Its display is also the same size as LG’s phone, at 4.7 inches. The phone has dimensions of 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm, which means that it will be just as super slim as the LG Optimus 4X HD. Unfortunately, however, it may not actually feel as comfortable in the hand and may just be a little too big for smaller hands. It weighs about 130 grams.


The LG Optimus 4X HD has an internal memory of 16 GB and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM. For those of you who want additional space, the LG Optimus 4X HD has a microSD card slot and allows you to expand memory up to 32 GB.

The HTC One X on the other hand is packing more internal memory at 32 GB. Unfortunately, it seems that the HTC One X doesn’t have a card slot and cannot be expandable. That may discourage users who would like to carry a lot of files with them. The HTC One X also packs 1 GB RAM.


Both phones appear to be evenly matched as they are both equipped with an 8-megapixel camera and a front-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera.

Processor and Operating System

The LG Optimus 4X HD is equipped with Nvidia’s powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 4-Plus-1 technology. Out of the box, it’s powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sources say that the LG Optimus 4X HD also have a fifth “companion core for less intensive tasks such as standby mode and music playback.” The idea is to keep all of the power of the four main cores until when it’s actually needed. It has a GeForce GPU.

Not to be beaten, the HTC One X also packs a 1.5 GHz quad-core chipset with four high-performance CPU cores. Just like the LG Optimus 4X HD, it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It wouldn’t be an HTC phone without HTC Sense 4.0, which has been “streamlined”, in HTC’s words.

HTC Sense 4.0 appears to be lightweight and nippy, with minimal transitions and elegant 3D effects. Even HTC has picked up on the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and the GeForce GPU.


The LG Optimus 4X HD is equipped with a 2100 mAh battery while the HTC One X, by comparison, is packing a less powerful 1800 mAh. As of this writing, there have been no real battery tests on either of these phones so we don’t know yet for sure how long these phones will last on standby mode and after continuous calls.


These phones appear evenly matched in terms of the gear they pack inside as well as their gorgeous displays. The one thing that truly sets them apart, however, is the HTC One X’s lack of a card slot which means that you’ve got to make do with the 32 GB internal memory it comes with. Until these phones reach consumers’ hands, we can only guess which of them will emerge victorious.

The era of quad-core Android phones has come.  Which of these two quad-cores is making your eyes twinkle?

  • Ankit

    the HTC One X also comes with 25GB/year DropBox storage for free

    • Greg Birdsong

      Awesome if you only want to keep your photos, music, etc for a year! My 32 GB MicroSD card has been true for two years and is still going strong (in my HTC Incredible). I love HTC and had been waiting for their ICS device. But the One series is a swing and a miss for me. I’ll look to other manufacturers.

      • Osama2332

        LG also has a dropbox support for the optimus series and the storage for it is 50 gb same as Sony.

  • ClaytonBrink

    Both look awesome!

  • Brianepatt85

    I dont get why some of the new top Android phones are coming without micro SD slot. There’s so many phones to compete with why give people a reason not to buy your device. I personally own a 32gb micro class 10 and thatsbthe only reason why I own a GS2 instead of a galaxy nexus.

    With that said LG wins IMO. HTC faithful will still. By this phone but IMO HTC is dieing out. There phones are always so thick and heavier then all the others; n its class and there battery’s are just pathetic. Only thing HTC kicks but it now is there UI sense which is always beautiful. But now a days with home launchers being so advanced and perfected is that even a big deal? Also people love the design and quality build of the HTC phones. Yeah they look great, but whp doesnt put a case on there phones now a days? Case on a htc phone makes it way to bulky imo.

    • Monica

      I agree with you as far as the storage goes. HTC One X has quite a bit of internal memory but I like to know that if I do run out of room, I can just go buy an SD card. Some people are ok with 32 GB of storage but I’ve been eyeing the Optimus 4X HD for a while. Its 4.7 inch, True HD, IPS screen with a quad-core processor make it perfect for watching videos and shows. I love to use the DISH Remote Access app to watch TV on my phone but can’t get as clear of a picture as this phone will. With the Optimus 4X HD, I’ll finally be able to get the same amazing HD picture I get at home through my employer, DISH. Hopefully it comes out soon.

  • Petarroma

    I will buy the LG. Great design and display! Great battery also.

  • Trinder_s

    well.. But dont forget there’s dual cortex a15 architecture processor insted of quad cortex a9 in htc one x.
    maybe 50% faster in some cases…

  • Danilo


    • gelvert

      LG 4XHD is more beautiful and powerful!

      great design phone!

      IM using htc phones but in these two I will choose LG 4X TRUE HD!

    • You can’t switch One X’s batteries like LG’s. If you are not a big fan of HTC Sense, I’d suggest you to buy LG’s

  • BillJobs

    LG. Sure… Call me obsessive-compulsive, because I would never buy a phone without a scratch-resistant glass.

  • Cole Raney

    The LG Optimous 4X looks better. However I think I’ll wait for the Samsung Galaxy S 3.

  • Ben

    Ive seen a few benchmark tests for these phones and HTC One X scores higher than Optimus 4X also looks like the HTC One XL scores even better.

  • Ben

    Htc is best: it has 32gb plus 25gb FREE 2year dropbox(dont forget phone concract doesnt last any longer than that so transfer it to your upgrade phone) compared to lgs 16gb. Htc has dedicated camera processing chip giving it multi capture, video plus capure and nearly instant focus and shutter speed. Htc has beats audio giving it amazing sound for everything from gaming/video to youtube to music.All this included with the new sense4.0 make Htc my favourite!!!

    • Ah… So your country pays for internet storage?
      Koreans have 30GB internet storage for free and it’s much faster. Capable with all iOS and Android and PC. So no dropbox is a good news for Korean. More space!

  • good observer



    The LG Optimus 4X HD is equipped with a 2100 mAh battery

    HTC One X, by comparison, is packing a less powerful 1800 mAh.


  • Apple Fanboy

    iPhone FTW

  • Pravinjani15

    I like Lg optimus 4x bcoz battery look and nvidia3 i m using 2x 1st dual core phone briliynt phone i like lg innovation

  • Chris

    The only reason HTC scored higher is because Optimu 4X was only a prototype. The Optimus 4x is smoother which you can look around on youtube for videos… AND about the drop box, you don’t need that with Optimu 4X “even though LG is releasing LG drop box too” since they are releasing SD-cards with 64 GB…