HTC One X+ review

HTC One X+ review

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  • The HTC One X gets a surprise upgrade - is the HTC One X + now good enough to edge past the Samsung Galaxy S3?

    HTC One X+ review

    Love

    • Rugged design
    • 64GB
    • 25GB Dropbox account
    • Awesome speed

    Hate

    • Poor battery life
    • Only 4.7-inch screen
    • No MicroSD card options

    The HTC One X+ is a revamped version of the HTC One X, bringing with it a better processor, 64GB of storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

    HTC One X+: Size and build

    The HTC One X+ is the same size at the HTC One X. That means it’s a halfway house between the iPhone 5 and the, larger, Samsung Galaxy S3 with a 5-inch screen over this 4.7-inch display. You’ll also notice the black and red rubberized surround rather than a hard plastic casing.

    The Micro USB charge point is at the top left which is awkward, as is the slighting protruding camera and iPhone 5-style SIM slot. There’s no MicroSD socket, meaning the unibody design looks slick - the speaker and volume rocker are discreet and, for fashionistas, the black on red design will be a perfect match for your Beats Solo headphones.

    HTC One X +: Features

    The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS is designed for powerful smartphones and it’s great to see it pre-installed on the HTC One X+. There’s a quad core A9 chip under the bonnet, backed by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip for graphic duties and 1GB of RAM. The 64GB of storage is welcome and makes up for the lack of MicroSD card storage options.

    There’s NFC too, though, curiously, no 4G skills, so you’ll need to be confident that faster internet isn’t for you when upgrading. The camera is an 8 megapixel model with the usual panorama and HDR options.

    HTC One X+: Screen

    A 4.7 inch display feels large against an iPhone 5 and the 312 pixels per inch resolution is just behind the class leaders - the iPhone 5 clocks in at 326 PPI while the Galaxy S3 hits 330 PPI.

    Will you see the difference? No, the display is excellent but the screen sensitivity is slightly behind both rivals. Overall, it offers a great sense of colour, depth and little reflection - the screen is particularly rugged too.

    HTC One X+: Performance

    The HTC One X+ is a great machine for games and the DLNA function means it’s quick and easy to play games on a smart TV and throw 1080P video to the same screen. Power users may miss the 5-inch screen of the Galaxy S3 to take advantage of such awesome processing power however.

    It’s one of the fastest smartphones on the block. The AnTuTu Benchmark app gives the HTC One X+ a blistering score of 13425 against 12071 for the Galaxy S3. During our performance test, the HTC One X+ became very hot - the rubber is a better conductor for heat than the traditional casing.

    Overall, you’ll struggle to find a phone that embarasses the HTC One X + in pure performance terms. In addition, call quality was clear, reception good and even the internal speaker is better than rivals. The supplied headphones are not Beats earphones, however, so we’d suggest spending a little more on a decent pair.

    The 8 megapixel camera is fast (you can snap while shooting video) though we miss a dedicated physical button for quick shots. In terms of clarity and low light capture, it can’t quite match the iPhone 5 but there’s plenty of Android options to keep photo fans happy.

    HTC One X+: Battery

     

    The battery has been upgraded from 1800mAh to 2100mAh but, really, the pure processing demands and the large screen still mean the HTC One X+ only manages a day of use.

    There are smaller smartphones with similar sized batteries and lower power demands such as the Motorola Razr i, for example, which leaves us disappointed that the battery isn’t bigger. The battery life if the only real disappointment in an otherwise impressive spec.

    HTC One X+: Verdict

    The HTC One X+ is a stunning Android phone which, on paper, beats the Samsung Galaxy S3 in many ways - it’s faster, more rugged and - arguably - has a better design and classic unibody style which remains a modern classic.

    However, we think power users will demand a bigger screen and better battery however and these seemingly minor concerns prove to be niggles in an otherwise smartphone heavyweight...

    HTC One X + release date: Out Now

    HTC One X + price: £499

  • The HTC One X+ is the maker's new flagship Android handset, taking over from the One X. T3 was invited along for a sneak preview...

    HTC One X+ review

    Love

    • Rugged design
    • 64GB
    • 25GB Dropbox account
    • Awesome speed

    Hate

    • Poor battery life
    • Only 4.7-inch screen
    • No MicroSD card options

    The HTC One X+ is the latest weapon in the brand's Android arsenal and will sit above the HTC One X, making it the new flagship offering. The manufacturer also recently announced its HTC 8X and HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 handsets, with the former being the flaghsip model for Microsoft's OS.

    HTC One X+: Build

    In terms of shape and size, the HTC One X+ is basically indentical to the One X. We're told that there may have been fractions taken off the dimensions here and there, but it's essentially the same in terms of looks. There's only one colour available at launch - black with the Beats logo and Android controls offering a flash of red.

    The matte finish of the black chassis gives the phone a little extra grip, something that those with smaller hands will surely need, given that the One X+ has the same generous measurements as the One X.

    HTC One X+: Features

    While the outside of the phone doesn't look too different, there are plenty of tweaks going on under the bonnet. First up is the larger 64GB on-board memory, while they'll also be a 32GB option available.

    The battery has also been given a boost since the One X's 1800MhA offering, and now packs 2100Mha. Presumably that's to account of the faster processor. It's still a quad-core chipset (the Nvidia Tegra AP37), but with a faster 1.7GHz speed compared to the 1.5GHz on the One X.

    The handset features the same Beats audio technology as the One X with the added bonus of an additional amp on the rear speaker, as on the 8X.

    There are also plenty of minor tweaks to the software, such as the ability to scroll all the way through the menu screens, rather than reaching a dead end when you scroll through all of the screens in one direction.

    Another improvement is Sightseeing Mode - this means that the phone stays in camera mode when you press the off button so that you're ready to shoot as soon as you press the power button again. The front-facing cameras has also been improved to offer a 1.6MP resolution and 720p video.

    The One X+ also features PlayStation certification, along with NFC connectivity for one-touch operation of compatible products.

    HTC One X+: Screen

    The super-sized 4.7-inch screen is one of the features that remains the same from the HTC One X. As with the original model, we found the screen to be bright and packed with detail while the large size means that its good for web browsing.

    HTC One X+: Performance

     

    The HTC One X+ will run on Android Jelly Bean alongside the latest version of the maker's UI - HTC Sense 4+. In our limited time with the handset, we found it to be pretty fast without any noticeable lag when navigating around menu screens.

    HTC One X+: Verdict

    The HTC One X+ looks like an impressive phone but the swiftness with which HTC is replacing the One X with another flagship might be annoying for those that have shelled out for a phone that's only been out for about six months.

    It's also worth noting that most of the software tweaks will be coming to the One X and One S via software updates from November onwards. Stay tuned for a full review.

    HTC One X+ release date: October 2012

    HTC One X+ price: TBC

    Hands-on review by Libby Plummer

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