HTC One X: Hands-on, First Impressions

Just got home from a very exciting event courtesy of HTC Philippines and Smart which was held at the Jump Center, SM Megamall. The event featured the pre-launch of the HTC One product line that boasts the hard-nosed, quad-core HTC One X and the sleek mid-range HTC One V.

But as everybody expected, the spotlights are on the One X, and for a good reason. The event was kick-started by DJ Nathan J of Wave 89.1 by giving the attendees some hint about what HTC has in store for us that evening.

He then introduced the HTC Philippines’ MarComm head Kiko Torno who provided a more in-depth explanation of how magnificent the HTC One X is and shed some light on almost all its key features.

As you may have already known, the key feature of the HTC One X is its Tegra3 1.5Ghz quad core processor placing it in the upper echelon of smartphone hierarchy. To make things more interesting, another core was included which sole purpose is to maximize every inch of the battery life making it not only powerful but efficient at the same time.

As a trend nowadays, the HTC one product line all comes pre-installed with Ice Cream Sandwich masked under HTC’s latest UI, the HTC Sense 4.0. So unlike typical Android devices in the market that has ICS on it, HTC was successful in retaining their signature feel while giving all the best that ICS has to offer. In addition, all devices under the One family will receive a royal pimping from Dr.Dre as these handset will come with Beats software to enhance listening experience.

Mr. Torno described how the One X will stand-out from the rest of the smartphones in the market in terms of camera by stating that “It’s just not about the megapixels.” To add more emphasis, he defines a great camera experience as being to capture the crispness of the color, good quality pictures regardless of the lighting conditions and the shutter speed. According to him, this is what you’d expect out of the 8MP pixel camera with smart LED Flash and BSI sensor of the HTC One X.

The camera also boasts a 28mm lens and aperture of F2.0 which makes “capturing precious moments” in any situations all the more convenient and reliable. In an exclusive interview with Mr.Torno, he mentioned that the secret to their handsets’ detailed stills and clear clips doesn’t rely on the camera alone but also to the software that controls it. The HTC ImageSense, according to him, adds more functionality to the already capable camera of their devices.

The pimped out design of the HTC One X is just fitting for its equally incredible features. The matte-finished, Polycarbonate, unibody design complemented the almost edge-to-edge curved 4.7” S-LCD screen of this smartphone. This also in turn made the phone give out a sturdy and well-built feel while holding it.

Only at 8.9mm, the HTC One X is without a doubt one of the thinnest smartphone in the market. But don’t be fooled by its seemingly fragile thinness as its Polycarbonate body and Corning Gorilla glass display should be able to withstand a good amount of beating before it gives in.

To demonstrate its rigidity, while discussing his presentation, Mr. Torno threw the HTC One X from a chest-high height to the marble ground with fair distance and lived to tell about it. I just came to know after talking to him that he can’t remember how many times he have done that incredible feat and up to this day his One X is still alive and kicking. Only goes to show how tough the exterior of this phone really is.

Here’s the HTC One X specs:
4.7″ Super LCD 2 display @ 720×1280 pixels @ 312ppi
1.5GHz quad-core NVidia Tegra 3 processor
32GB internal storage
HSPA+ 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
8MP autofocus rear camera, 1080p
1.3MP front-facing camera, 720p
GPS w/ aGPS support
1800mAh Li-Polymer battery
Android 4.0 ICS
134.4 x 68.9 x 8.9mm

IMO the HTC One X, with its sturdy design, insane processing capabilities and above average camera capabilities is the real deal. HTC made sure that their new torch-bearer will be as equally endowed as its predecessor the Sensation XL and XE to handle all consumers’ needs. We’ll have more in store for you on Friday as it marks the official release of the device. So stick around.

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41 Comments on this Post

  1. Papapau

    Nice choice of words..

    “placing it in the upper echelon of smartphone hierarchy”

    This is quite the bar setter that SGS3 and iPhone5 should have as minimum features.. ^^

    • How can it set a bar when it is runs the laggy Android?

    • ooh laggy android? Perhaps all you got to hold are the low end android devices, those cheap ones with 256mb ram or lower, yeah they tend to be laggy

      Try getting the high end ones. 1Gb ram plus Android ICS. There aint no lags dude.

      AS for the battery, the 1800mAh would be decent enough since ICS has good battery management. I got the S2, ICS does well, and the phone does really go to deep sleep which cool. No wake locks whatsoever, and ICS is going to get even better and better

    • frenchy

      @dbet Have you already tried it? Or have you ever tried using any high-end Android smartphones? Please try so you will know why many people find iOS slower.

    • paprika

      Symbian runs fast on 680mhz and 256mb RAM, iOS on 600mhz and 256mb RAM and WP7 on 800mhz and 256mb RAM while the dual core Samsung Galaxy S II still shows noticeable lag.

  2. sylv3rblade

    Is there an estimated price on the one x?

    • Turonbulaong

      Roughly around 33-36K. We’ll post another article by friday or early saturday for the official pricing and other extras.

    • CMK is pricing it at 27.6k

  3. 1800mAh battery will be the dealbreaker. HTC phones are known to be power hogs yet they still don’t bump their batteries. For a flagship device, you would think they would try to bump the juice to at least 2000mAh even if they included a core to focus on battery effeciency. If the Galaxy Note can have a 2500mAh battery, I don’t think HTC can get an excuse for not trying hard enough on their juice.

    • Turonbulaong

      I agree. It would’ve been better if HTC have upped the battery to at least 2000mAh. But what they did to try compensate it for is they included another core which only purpose is to regulate battery consumption. It’s too early for any conclusions as of the moment. Let’s wait til we get our hands on one of the review units so we’ll have a better idea of it’s battery life.

    • Roegan Taron

      But the Galaxy Note is huge. That’s why Samsung didn’t have any trouble packing that phablet with 2500 liters of juice.

  4. duke_06

    I’d better buy Asus Transformer Prime if this reaches P33-36K range…

    • iOS Anroid

      SAME HERE! Pero parang gusto ko din to, dahil sa camera!

    • Ben Astorga

      I think the HTC Titan II has a better camera though.

    • iOS android

      But still, mas maganda specs ng prime. Riiight. :))))

  5. any word on when the one s will be released? :)

    • Turonbulaong

      That will hopefully be discussed this Friday. WE’ll keep you posted about this.

  6. Turonbulaong

    +1 to you Roegan Taron. :)

  7. For that price, I would rather buy a laptop.

  8. android4life

    CMK already have the ONE X but for order basis only (well for now), priced @ 27,600Php.. its a lot cheaper than what most sellers offer, and it has guaranteed 1 year manufacturer’s warranty..

    • DrewBynum

      is CMK a legit store?

    • fourward

      More legit than Widget City which has grey units and class A earphones that they try to pass of as authentic.

    • i agree. Pag nagksproblema ka pa sa gadget mong binili sa WIDGETCITY, hindi ka na nila papansinin. bahala ka na dyan.

  9. robchongke

    buti pa sa CMK mura. sa Digital Walker nasa P34k ang price niya.

  10. Tempting…But isnt it a downgrade since im using a 5.3″ Note!

  11. Check XDA forums. They are already complaining the battery life of this phone.

  12. i saw on one online shop, its 33,900php with beats solo included

  13. Relax people, normal lang mataas introductory price niyan dahil wala pa siyang direct competition since hindi pa lumalabas Samsung Galaxy S3 and other next generation smart phones from other mobile manufacturers, give it time to mature then you’ll see mag-normalize na market price niyan once the competition catches up.

  14. just make sure the solo is all in white. My htc sensation xl from australia was bundled with solo and this version is not available in stores. So that online store maybe selling fake solos or ones that are commercially available.

  15. wow.. parang kaka launch lang ng sensation xe tapos eto naman. damn ubos pera ko dito

    • Zeron0ids

      Yeah… 3 months old pa lang XE ko ngayon my X One na… The features are good but my concern is the battery life.

  16. alphabravo

    CMK – HTC One X by order promo
    Cash Price: PHP 28,500

    Tumaas na ang price?

  17. heeeelp

    this or the galaxy note? O_O

  18. The reason why the one s was not released here. It has chipping finish issues. So to all those wanting to buy it go ahead.

  19. This phone is a little bit laggy. I’ve watched reviews on youtube and if you open menu and apps there’s a 1-2 sec lag which should not be happening with its processor but still im eyeing on this one. Really hate Samsung phones even if the release the SGIII i’ve tried one the SGII i really didnt like it, its not that appealing to me. same goes for windows phone (irk me to death). Im also eyeing for Motorola Razr XT910 viewed a review on youtube and its running smoothly but also my concern is the after sales support no motorola shops here in the Phil. well ill just think about it later in the year. Baka meron pang lumabas na bagong phone. :)

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