HTC One X+ Review
Just months after HTC launched its flagship One X smartphone, the company has decided to offer a better version in the form of HTC One X+. On the outside, the One X+ resembles its predecessor but it does pack in some nice upgrades to set it apart.
HTC One X+ lands with a top-of-the-line hardware which can only been seen on a select few high-end smartphones like Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5. It possesses a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor with a clock speed of 1.7 GHz alongwith GeForce ULP graphics. It also offers 1 GB RAM and 64 GB of memory which is double than that of the One X. Though there is no microSD card, it shouldn’t be a problem as the internal memory is large enough to accomodate the requirements of any user.
Design and Display:
The One X+ sports the same unibody design which we have earlier seen on the One X. The polycarbonate body does well to keep the phone lightweight and attractive. It has a soft matte finish which allows you to have a good grip while handling, but it also attracts fingerprint smudges. Though the unibody design results in a slimmer and sleeker phone, it does have its shortcomings. You don’t get to access the battery which means you won’t be able to use a larger capacity battery or have the luxury of carrying a spare one.
On the top edge of the phone, is the 3.5 mm audio jack and the ambient noise sensor. The power button and volume rocker can be found on the right side while the left edge is occupied by the microUSB port. On the front, there are the usual three capacitive soft keys for Back, Home and Task Switcher functions.
HTC One X+ is equipped with a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels which adds up to a pixel density of 312 ppi. It is the exact same display found on the One X, which was considered by many to be one of the best displays available in the market. It offers amazing clarity and sharpness which shines through while viewing high definition videos and images. Even text is crisp, sharp and easily legible.
The phone is fitted with a 8 megapixel camera at the back. It features an improved sensor which increases video recording frame speed from 24 fps on the One X to 30 fps. The front-facing camera has a 1.6 megapixel camera which is another improvement over the 1.3 MP secondary camera of the One X. The camera app’s interface brings along a range of features like face and smile detection, touch focus, multiple capture modes, geo-tagging and much more. In good light conditions, images and videos are sharp and crisp with minimal noise. However, during nightime or in low light places, the results are noisy even with the use of the LED flash.
HTC One X Plus is loaded with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean paired with HTC’s Sense 4+ user interface. Much of the software remains the same except features like Google Now and Project Butter which have been introduced by Google in Jelly Bean. The changes introduced by HTC on its latest UI version result in smoother transition and navigation, improved battery life and crisper text. As for an upgrade to v4.2 Jelly Bean, HTC hasn’t made any announcement yet but its only a matter of time before the company offers an update for the phone.
HTC One X+ doesn’t offer a lot of improvements over its predecessor i.e the One X. But, the upgrades, though not significant, surely make their presence felt. Furthermore, it also supports 4G which was earlier missing on the One X. If anyone is looking for a top-tier handset, then the HTC One X+ is surely a phone they can’t overlook. By all means, it is one of the best smartphones present in the market.