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HTC One X+ review

The One X just got better

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 64 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 12.75 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 720
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Great screen
  • Improved Sense overlay
  • Fast processor
  • Excellent keyboard

Against

  • Battery still not great
  • Incremental upgrade
  • No expandable storage

The HTC One X+ is an excellent smartphone excelling in a number of areas and it's definitely worth its place among the great and the good of the mobile world.

It builds on a number of issues which arose with the original HTC One X, addressing storage concerns and improving web browser efficiency and the always reliable HTC keyboard – however the battery is still a bit of a sore point.

We liked

The design may not be any different, but we like that as the One X+ is still a handsome looking handset, with the unibody design exuding a premium air or superiority which can only really be toppled by the iPhone 5.

The beefed up processor along with the Android 4.1 and Sense 4+ updates makes the One X+ an even slicker, smoother and more powerful customer than its older brother.

The already excellent HTC keyboard has once again been given further improvements making it even better and for the first time we didn't feel the need to download an alternative from Google Play – kudos HTC.

We disliked

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Once again battery life has let HTC down. The One X+ sports a bigger battery than the original, but it still seemed to struggle to see out a whole day, even with moderate usage.

It's a real shame as the HTC One X+ could have been a five star phone if the battery was up to scratch, but as it stands we just can't bring ourselves to believe it is worthy of the top accolade thanks to this persistent issue.

Apart from that there's very little to grumble about; the fact you can't access the battery or slide in a microSD card may irk some, but it's certainly not the end of the world.

Verdict

As we said, the HTC One X+ had the potential to be the first five star smartphone since the Samsung Galaxy S2, but unfortunately it's quite literally run out of juice before the final hurdle.

There are so many things to love about the One X+ and it really is a great smartphone. We urge you to give it a whirl in store, and while it may not have the fancy tricks of the Galaxy S3, or the cult following of the iPhone 5, it's happily rubbing shoulders with the big boys.

Is this the best phone in the world at the moment? Quite possibly, but we're going to take a few moments to mull it over before making our final decision.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory64 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne X+
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time12.75 Hour
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density312 ppi
Height134.4 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne X+ Smartphone
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Product LineOne X+
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HTD001-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

More speed. More storage. More battery life. A mighty 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 64GB of storage and our longest-lasting battery yet: up to 50% longer!.

Amazing Camera. Built for the photographer in you with convenient one-press continuous shooting, simultaneous HD video and high-res photo capture, and a front-facing camera for great shots.

Authentic Sound. Hear music the way the artist intended with exclusive Beats Audio™ built in. Get easy access to all the music you love via HTC Music hub and Sync Manager.

Limited Warranty1 Year