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HTC Unveils The HTC One X+. Announces Jelly Bean For One S & One X

Eric McBride
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It seems like it was just yesterday when HTC unveiled the One series back in February at Mobile World Congress, and despite powerful hardware and an impressive new Sense UI, the series faced both hardware and software issues early on. After releasing multiple updates for the One S and X, HTC is looking to get customers wanting more of their powerful One Series phones, and they have just officially taken the wraps off of the newest entry to the “One” family: Introducing the HTC One X+.Does this new flagship device have what it takes to get HTC back in the game?

The HTC One X+ is a bigger, badder, and more powerful version of the original One X that boasts some very solid specs:

  • 4.7 inch Super LCD2 720P display
  • Gorilla Glass 2
  • Nvidia Tegra 3+ (aka AP37) 1.7Ghz quad core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32 and 64GB models available (no expandable memory)
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 8MP camera (1080P HD video recording with stereo sound)
  • 1.6MP 720P front facing camera
  • Beats Audio
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • LTE capable (US Version. Uses the same quad core chip as international version)
  • 134,36 x 69,9 x 8,9nn
  • 135 grams (with battery)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box
  • Sense 4+

HTC informed us that the Tegra 3+ processor is “25% more powerful” than the Tegra 3 chip found in the One X, and reached Quadrant scores of over 7000. They also told us that when the HTC One X+ goes into power save mode that it clocks down to 1.3Ghz, which is the equivalent of 1.5Ghz running on the original Tegra 3 chip (that is in no way confusing).

The camera more or less stayed the same as the original One X in terms of MP, but uses a new image chip for faster focusing and sharper images. It also uses “Smart Flash” and enhanced video stabilization for taking better shots and video (28mm lense). An upgraded version of Sense called Sense+ will also be included on top of Android Jelly Bean, and seems more like an incremental update to the version of Sense running on the One X and One S.

The One X+ also comes preloaded with Adobe flash, and ran just fine when HTC showed us the device. (I'm guessing they side loaded the app directly into the OS? )

The One X+ will be available in Europe and Asia in October, and will be announced later for the US (LTE enabled for the United States). According to HTC, the 64GB model will sell in Germany for 649 Euros, with no pricing yet on the 32GB version.

But it doesn’t stop there, as HTC also informed us that Jelly Bean will begin rolling out to the One S and One X in October (international versions only, US JB update will be announced “in the near future”).

The phone is certainly packing some nice specs, but as good as it sounds, it doesn't showcase anything (besides the enhanced Tegra 3 chip) that Android phones haven’t already seen. I would have loved to see HTC go with 2GB of RAM, but perhaps Tegra 3 doesn’t support it yet? The One X+ looks more or less identical to the One X, which isn't a bad thing, but also nothing new in terms of design. Either way, it definetely seems like a pretty solid entry from HTC. 

We will have a One X+ in the office very soon, so stay tuned for an in depth hands on review soon!

What do you guys think of the HTC One X+? Enough to compete with Samsung’s and LG’s newest offerings?

Let me know what you think about it in the comments below!

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  • reks Oct 2, 2012 Link

    have the one x now,love this phone. the + seems a bit faster but I don't think you'll notice the difference. I'll stick to my x.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 2, 2012 Link

    I would do the same reks. It's basically just a one X that's a hair more powerful.

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  • Kenny Schachat Oct 4, 2012 Link

    "the series faced both hardware and software issues early on"

    Hmm, what kind of problems? I know several people here in the US that have the US version of the One X and they have had zero problems. I have the HTC EVO 4G LTE, which is the same basic platform as the One X and I had a few very minor problems that were fixed in an OTA update weeks ago. Otherwise the EVO LTE has been a joy to use. I've always been in a hurry to root my phone, try new ROMS, tweak it for performance, etc, but I've had this phone for 4 months and I have not motivation to root it. It runs everything I throw at it and the performance has been stellar.

    The display simply stands for itself. Compared side by side, the One X / EVO LTE LCD display makes the Galaxy S III's AMOLED display look like it was drawn with a box of overly bright crayons, on a bluish background.

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  • CJ Brown Oct 4, 2012 Link

    If Verizon wireless snags this? They might as well throw all their existing HTC's in the garbage because this Android Smart Phone would make all of them immediately obsolete (with my luck, those a holes AT&T will snag this model) ...

    All I want is a reasonable HTC ONE series 4G Android Smart Phone that's "no contract" (& the 3G HTC V is crap) ....


    C J

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  • Eric McBride Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @Kenny: Even HTC admitted this to me directly when I spoke to them. These problems:

    http://www.androidpit.com/htc-one

    The phones are great, but were honestly rushed out the door a bit. Nice to see that updates have smoothed out the software issues for the most part.

    @CJ - Then this could be the phone for you CJ! :-D

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  • CJ Brown Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @Eric - If the HTC ONE X+ forced AT&T to dump the HTC ONE X onto the "No Contract" market (with Jelly Bean installed) I'd but it ...

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  • Eric McBride Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @CJ - I get your point. What device are you holding out for then?

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  • CJ Brown Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @Eric

    It looks like Boost Mobile's Samsung Galaxy II S 4G loaded with ICS could be my next android smart phone (the price is right, the smart phone is great, its already loaded with ICS) ... I have been a HUGE HTC fan for many years, its not like HTC is coming out with bad android smart phones, its just their selections for what is available under "no contract"could be better (I believe HTC ONE will be their flagship, its just a shame that Verizon Wireless didn't pay attention (lol) but if AT&T dumped the HTC ONE X onto the "no contract" market loaded with jelly bean? I'd buy it regardless of the price tag) ...


    http://www.boostmobile.com/shop/phones/samsung-galaxy-sii-4g

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