First Impressions: HTC One X

Saw the HTC One X earlier at an HTC shop and couldn’t help but try it out.

The HTC One X is a quad-core phone with a 4.7-inch display. I’ve been using the HTC Sensation for a long time and the bigger HTC One X doesn’t feel that big for a phone for me.

I love the full Gorilla Glass display with tapered edges on this one, a direct contrast of the recessed glass on the Sensation line. Just like other premium HTC phones, the back is made of a single unibody shell, this time with a light polycarbonate material. The front part has a glossy plastic finish while the back has a matte finish with the lens protruding prominently from the top center.


The design will force you to quickly coat this phone with a case. Lying it face down will put the screen in direct contact to the surface and lying it face up will smudge the dirt-attracting finish of its back (unless you pick the black color), not to mention possibly damaging the edges of the lens.

As common to Android 4.0 devices, the dedicated Android buttons on the HTC One X are reduced to three: Back, Home, and Task bar, they removed the ever helpful Menu and the useless Search button.


The phone performs as advertised. I really like the high 1280 x 720 resolution on it’s Super LCD 4.7-inch screen. For the record, I prefer SLCD over Super AMOLED ones due to correct color representation. The Tegra 3 1.5GHz quad-core processor feels spiffy on the phone. Playing Temple Run, which is ghastly laggy on the Sensation, runs very smooth here.

I wasn’t able to copy photos taken from its camera but taking photos is fast and even turning the camera on is quite fast. The phone also has Beats Audio enhancement inside but they made it universal this time around meaning other apps can also use it.

The HTC One X is now available for a cool Php32,990.

More photos courtesy of Digital Spidey

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HTC One X Specs:
Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
4.7-inch capacitive Super LCD IPS Gorilla Glass display (720 x 1280)
HTC Sense UI
1GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (no microSD)
HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. EDR
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, ImageSense,
Video recording at 1080p @ 30fps
1.3 megapixel front cam 720p
134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
130 g
Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery
SRP: Php32,990
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  • JmBalicano

    The onslaught of quad core phones begins. I’m wondering what the battery life will be like. Nvidia’s solution is nice, using a 5th battery saver core for simple applications, but what does that translate to in terms of battery life when you compare the 1800mAh battery on the One X to something like the 1730mAh battery on the Sensation XE for instance?

    • will definitely take note of that once we get to review the phone.

      • JmBalicano

        Can’t wait 🙂

  • L

    It’s priced 34k according to my source.

    • looks like it. that’s what i heard too. 34k is… ouch.

      • L

        Typical HTC. They are always overpricing. 😐

        • dTech

          Kinda previously, but considering the current pricing, I saw HTC’s One X in it’s price tag P28,500, compared to that of Sony’s Xperia S which is $25,000. Quad core over dual core, u know? hahha ala Pacman.

    • simplynice93

      Yikes! Mahal pa! Either this or iPhone 4S but i think iPhone is the better phone.

  • dimsum

    is the resolution really noticeable if compared to say S2?

    • JmBalicano

      The S2 has 217 pixels per inch while the One X has a whopping 312 ppi. Seems like a big number, but the screens on both phones are large enough that you can hold them a far enough distance from your eyes that you won’t distinguish individual pixels. Also, the high contrast and saturation of the S2’s Super AMOLED Plus screen gives you the impression that it’s sharper than it really is.

      Still, it’s better to try both phones out before buying.

  • Anonymous

    Because we need 4 cores to browse facebook and take pictures.

    Kidding aside, 34k for a phone is… uhh.

  • xinyuiyin

    One X is overrated, I rather get S2 or wait for Galaxy S3. One X’s LCD2 doesn’t even true black, more like a dark gray. And I heard alot that its battery doesn’t last that long. Pinoy reviews really lack infos, clueless morons.

    • aze

      go get your s2, if there’s a thing thing im proud of comparing my sensation to s2 is the screen. yes deeper blacks for amoled but better colors for super lcd. who cares about the viewing angles? :))

    • JmBalicano

      Clueless morons? I guess you didn’t read the title. It said First Impressions, not HTC One X Review. I can understand skipping a few paragraphs, but the title? Can’t be terribly smart.

    • r41nier

      One X may not have true black but at least it has true colors. Unlike GS2 which oversaturated. Anything above 100% color gamut is unpleasant to my eyes.

    • hunter

      adik pla to eh..1st impression nga eh..magbasa ka kasi..ah baka kasi yun pla di ka marunong magbasa..

  • Griswold

    34k?? i wonder if that price includes the beats headphones. and if it does, i wonder if they can sell it without the beats headphones.

  • Casey

    26,900 pesos sa widget city

    • yup, it’s really cheaper in the grey market.

  • Biggs

    Paps, ayon sa mga naka-iskor ng units sa HTC Phils stores, may kasamang “Smart Apps” na bloatware!!! Itong app na ito ay bloatware na galing sa Smart Communications pero bakit pinahintulutan ito ng HTC Phils? Dahil maimpluwensiyang blogger kayo, paps, maaari bang ireklamo niyo ito sa HTC Phils kase, mawalang galang na, KALOKOHAN ITO!!!

    • Neil

      Baka naseed lang yung mga Smart-locked units sa HTC stores. Unlocked versions should not have that.

    • sige will ask HTC Phils. nagkamali lang siguro ito. pano niyo pala nalaman? may thread ba ito na pwedeng makita?

  • jerald

    Astig talaga ng design ng HTC. \m/