HTC One X - Hardware First Impressions

, posted: 1-May-2012 10:19

It was a warm Autumn afternoon, and as bleak as Telecom's headquarters may look on Google Maps, the complex inside is mightily impressive. At first I was surprised that the HTC booth was almost hidden away in the far corner of the foyer. However, like any other smartphone enthusiast this fact was completely disregarded when I first got my hands on the HTC One X.

The first thing that took me back is how light it felt in hand, 130 grams may seem comparatively heavy on paper to something like the Samsung Galaxy S II (116 grams) but in reality it feels light thanks to the larger volume it consumes. To prove this point, my now retired HTC Incredible S weighs 136 grams but since it is so much smaller it feels noticeably heavier in hand.



After that we were greeted by Telecom’s Richard Irvine and I could not help but eye up those five plain white boxes he was couriering around. Once being ushered away to one of the meeting rooms we were given a quick rundown of the device by HTC. Key features mentioned included the amazing 4.7 inch display, quad core Tegra 3 processor, improved camera technology plus the improvements made to Sense.

I imagine our faces were easy enough to read and those white boxes made a return and they were slid across the table. Opening them up revealed the phone and it’s impressive display hidden behind a “I’m the One you’ve been waiting for” protector. A statement that I completely agreed with. At this stage we were also issued our Telecom XT micro SIMs. I’m not sure if our numbers were hand picked, but I have to say, this is probably the fastest time in which I have ever memorized a 10 digit number.



Needless to say, the One X’s body is a uniform 8.9mm thin except for the exposed camera lens. This is easily going to be the first component to be damaged, one of the HTC employees present freely admitted he had already scratched one himself.

If you have small hands this is going to be a two hand use device. If you have average sized hands it will be awkwardly used in one hand. While if you have larger hands it should be comfortably used with one hand, at least in portrait orientation. I’d say I’d fit in between the second and third scenarios and as a result I don’t trust myself fully to walk and navigate around the phone at the same time.

The white polycarbonate body feels really nice in hand and offers enough grip to let you know you’re not going to accidentally drop it under normal conditions. It might just be me but I am fairly sure the sides of the One X have a more glossy (less grip) finish to it compared to the back.

The 4.7 inch Super LCD 2 display with a 1280 by 720 resolution is simply amazing, it is easily the best display I have ever seen on any smartphone, tablet, TV, just anything really.

Something that annoyed me from the get go is the multitasking button being on the right, why? Are you building this phone for left handers HTC? Ok, so maybe HTC are trying to prevent accidental presses of the back button if it was on the right side, but I have yet to press the multitasking key without meaning to.

So far, the HTC One X definitely lives up to its flagship status expectations in every way I’ve investigated so far, at least when it comes to the hardware; it feels good and looks amazing. What else do you really need?

About the author

I’ll be honest: there was once a day when I got bored and sick of seeing all the smartphone related news in my RSS feeds. This day was literally no more than nine months ago. Well here I stand today; known as Blair the college student in the real world, ArchSerpo in this one. Whilst not even considered an adult by the Government I have established myself as a Android and mobile technology news reporter and in depth reviewer for KitGuru, Android Mobile New Zealand, and now (hopefully) the TelecomTech blog. While bias towards the green team may appear given, I have had experience with all the major mobile operating systems except BlackBerry and MeeGo in the last six months and always keep an open mind.

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