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HTC One X+ review

Niall Magennis




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Our Score:



  • Great Screen
  • Fast quad core processor
  • Stylish, solid design
  • Large amound of built-in storage
  • Comes with Android Jelly Bean


  • No removeable battery
  • Camera not quite as good as Galaxy S3 or iphone 5

Key Features

  • 4.7in, 720 x 1280 pixel screen
  • 1.7GHz quad core CPU
  • 32GB or 64GB storage
  • Android Jelly Bean operating system
  • Manufacturer: HTC
  • Review Price: £449.99


Read the review of the HTC One M8

HTC's star has been on the wane for a while, but to be honest it's sort of difficult to see why. Certainly the drop in its sales isn’t down to it suddenly producing naff phones. In fact, the company is still churning out some cracking handsets. We loved the HTC One X when we reviewed it back in April 2012, with only its limited 16GB of storage really leaving us wanting, but after the Samsung Galaxy S3 launched, the One X rather unfairly found itself shut out of the lime light. Realising that all the One X needed to get competitive again was a small tweak, the company has returned with this tuned up version - the One X . Thankfully the results are rather good.

The original handset was no slouch in terms of its specification – after all it was one of the first quad core phones to reach the market – but this new version ups the ante, as it uses an even faster quad core chip that's clocked at 1.7Ghz, compared to the older model's 1.5Ghz. It's also got a massive 64GB of storage space built in (or 32GB on the cheaper model), a larger battery and it comes preloaded with the latest Jelly Bean (4.1) version of Android.

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HTC One X - Design

Externally little has changed from the previous model, but seeing as the original's design was bang on the money - assuming you like a large handset - we've got no complaints about this. The chassis feels a bit more robust and less plasticky than the Samsung Galaxy S3, for example, while the soft-touch rubberised finish on the rear aids grip and comfort. None of these large screen Android devices are that easy to use single handed simply due to their extreme width and height, but the One X is no worse than the competition in this regard.

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The only concession to the previous point is that, like its predecessor, the power/screen unlock button is on the top edge rather than the side, making it even more difficult to reach without shuffling the phone around. Then again few phones have quite got this right yet with only the Sony Xperia T and Nokia Lumia 920 living up to our expectations.

Also on the top edge is the headphone jack while the volume rocker button is on the right edge and the microUSB port on the right. The latter supports MHL, so you can use it as an HDMI output if you buy an MHL adaptor (£5-£10). The phone's micro SIM slot sits at the top and you need to push in either the included tool or a paperclip to release it, much like the set-up on the iPhone. The case is completely sealed, so there's no removable battery and, as mentioned, the phone also lacks a microSD card. However, with 64GB of storage onboard, it's probably not needed.

The only real change from the older model is that the standard Android buttons sitting beneath the screen for back, home and multitasking functions are now coloured red, rather than white. They're still backlit, so they're easy to use in the dark. We're growing acustomed to the new Android style of using buttons incoporated into the touchscreen - leaving less wasted space below the screen - but we still found the One X easy to get on with.

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HTC One X - Screen

The screen on the One X is absolutely top notch. It's very large, measuring 4.7inches across the diagonal, but crucially it's also got a high pixel count thanks to its resolution of 720x1280 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 312ppi. It uses a Super LCD2 panel, rather than the AMOLED technology that Samsung uses on the Galaxy S3, but while its black levels aren’t quite as deep as that display, its colours are arguably more natural and accurate looking. It's also covered in Gorilla Glass 2, so it should prove pretty tough over the life of the phone.

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January 29, 2013, 5:20 pm

I was all set for a bit of a rant about how you were late to the party with this review but I find that I can't really.

Sure, it has been out a few months now but this highlights a key reason as to why HTC isn't doing as well against Samsung as it should be - it might release first but it never seems to have anything that is better than the Samsung handsets. Which is a shame because the software is better and I found that the One X is actually quicker than the S3 in real world tests. Definitely more attractive as well.

Anyway, back to my point - HTC should have tried to max out the One X's specs in the first place, it should have had the option of 64GB from the get go to give it some traction, and the bigger battery shouldn't have been a revision, it should have been there from the off. It's these small increments that piss people off as HTC just supersede a 6 month old handset with a revised version. Samsung doesn't do this and they have it right in that respect.

What HTC does have going for it is that (in this readers opinion) they make the best hardware of any of the Android handset manufacturers and it looks like they might be about to nail it with the M7 - they just need to wait a year before they release it's replacement, in the mean time they could make a mid ranged phone with 4" screen, quad core, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, 720p screen and have the middle market falling over themselves to buy the damn thing.


January 30, 2013, 1:37 pm

Can somebody please confirm this: Is the camera hidden behind glass or plastic? As far as I remember the original X One's camera was covered by plastic which in my opinion is completely ridiculous - especially for a premium smartphone. Hell, even if it was an entry-level phone it wouldn't be OK to use plastic.


April 28, 2013, 8:20 am

I think HTC battery is not good, sometimes it got hot itself. do it happend to ONE X? I would not buy it if it have same problem.

Amit Khurana

September 20, 2013, 5:46 am

it is just 4 months, htc one x+ charging is not happening. and internet settings are right but still is not working.. is this any more pathetic situation..


October 5, 2013, 9:32 pm

Is the HTC ONE X16GB upgradable to 32GB?


November 16, 2013, 10:42 am

Pls can i upgrade ma android software for htc one x+ to that of htc one and how please

Daniel G

January 30, 2014, 1:55 am

Not to Hate but Samsung has better life than any of the HTC devices I have ever used. lol.... true story.. HTC needs to work on the important things to consumers. This would be going back to removable batteries and SD cards and sd card slots... oh and by the way they are losing money (HTC)....while Samsung is making ton of profits (they also have sd cards too....unlike HTC)...HTC is going broke and Samsung is getting rich.... HTC take a damn hint already

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