HTC's fortunes have been trending down following the successful launch of the HTC Desire backin May 2010. What has changed since then? Other handset makers have upped their game, mostnotably Samsung with its gorgeous Galaxy S II phones. HTC hasn't helped its own cause with a string ofuninspiring phones, such as the HTC Sensation. HTC is hoping that its model One X will turn heads on thestrength of its high-end features and its updated design.
In terms of hardware, the new phone certainly packs a wallop. It is one of the fastest devices in themarket, utilizing the Nvidia 1.5ghz quad-core Tegra 3 chipset. Unfortunately, Google's apps store lackstitles that are optimized for the faster processor, but on the plus side, all of your existing apps are stillgoing to run faster.
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The LCD screen on the One X is also a marvel to behold. 4.7 inches of LCD glory, sporting a 720x1280resolution screen (312 ppi), helps put the improved processor to use. The Super IPS LCD display iscertainly one of the crispest and most gorgeous displays on the market, while still being pocketable.
But perhaps one of the most striking changes on the One is its new unibody polycarbon case. The phoneitself is lighter than the iPhone 4S, and is slim enough to fit into your front pocket. The lines on thisphone are extremely clean, although the protrusion of the camera in the back may elicit winces fromdesign minimalists.
But the slim form factor is not without its drawbacks. In order to achieve the 134x70x8.9mmdimensions, it had to cut some of the bulk off of the battery, putting it decidedly behind in the batteryrace to other phones such as the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx. The One X has an 1800mAh battery,compared to 3300mAh on the aforementioned Maxx. Although the slim form factor loses points inpracticality from the diminished battery, its slim form factor will appeal to those who cherish hipnessfirst.
Other improvements to the One X include the latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, which brings amore unified user experience to the phone. The camera has also been improved, with HTC doing theirbest to get rid of the lag time before a shot, and with the ability to take 4 pictures a second with an 8mpsensor, the One X is certainly a serviceable point-and-shoot camera.
In conclusion, HTC has put together a well-rounded phone: with good lines, the latest software, and thefastest hardware. It remains to be seen if the pros will be able to outweigh the cons such as the weakerbattery life, but there is no question that this is a statement phone from HTC. After having lost steps inthe past couple of years to more nimble competitors, Taiwanese HTC is announcing that they are back inthe game.