The HTC One X has snuck in under the radar somewhat with its screen. While everyone’s been getting giddy about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has and what the Samsung Galaxy S3 may have in store, HTC has waltzed in and delivered hands down the best screen currently available on a phone.
The LCD panel has a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels and measures 4.7in from corner to corner. The result is an incredibly sharp display. It hasn’t got the highest pixel density ever, at 320ppi compared to the iPhone 4S’s 326, but it’s as near as matters, and to the naked eye you still can’t see individual pixels, such is the detail on offer.
That total number of pixels combined with the larger screen also means this phone vastly out-does the iPhone 4S (famous for the sharpness of its screen) for the amount of readable information you can get on screen. If your eyesight’s up to it you can easily read websites fully zoomed out – as demonstrated in the screenshots below.
It’s not just about detail, though. The screen also has incredible colour saturation and contrast, making pictures and videos really pop. On top of all that, viewing angles are essentially infinite with no shift in colour on contrast as you view it from an angle. Also, there’s no hint of a gap between the surface of the screen and the display itself, making it appear like the display is literally on the surface of the toughened Gorilla Glass. It really is quite mesmerising.
At an angle, brightness drops off but colour accuracy and contrast remain impressive.
Performance and Benchmarks
Performance is also mighty fine. Inside is a 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 System On a Chip (SoC), which packs a quad-core CPU and a 12-core graphics processor. While this may sound like it should trounce all before it, it’s not quite as simple as that. Without getting too much into the technicalities, those four cores aren’t the fastest individually, nor indeed are the graphics components. But still, combined they make for some impressive numbers.
Running the web browser-based benchmarks, SunSpider and BrowserMark this phone is beaten only by the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S. Meanwhile the 3D gaming benchmarks, GLBenchMark and Quadrant, have this phone only just trailing the iPhone 4S.
Subjectively this results in a phone that simply flies along. Load a hefty app and it’ll pause for a moment, as any phone will but in general use you’re seldom left waiting. Moreover the animations that accompany you as you move round the interface are all silky smooth.
It is likely that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 will have a faster processor overall, but only just, and you’re certainly not going to be wanting for anything in day to day use with this phone.