HTC One X Review: Taming the Beast

On the inside


The HTC One X (international version) sports a 4PLUS1™ NVidia Tegra 3 SoC with a quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz and a fifth companion core running at 500 MHz The companion core offers promising battery-saver features and executes background tasks requiring low power. This lets the primary 1.5 GHz quad-core take a backseat and extends your battery life. Apart from that, the 4PLUS1™ also handles touch events with NVidia Direct Touch, and controls your screen brightness with the NVIDIA PRISM display technology.

Accompanying the killer SoC on the One X is a 1 GHz DDR3 RAM that keeps your phone running smoothly. The One X offers 32 GB of storage, and the GPU on the One X is an NVidia GeForce ULP. All in all, the 4PLUS1™ tied with the other hardware components creates a super powerhouse inside the One X.

Pros: Tegra-3 optimized games will run better than other phones.

Cons: Does not perform as good as the Dual Core Snapdragon S4.



The HTC One X comes with all the regular accessories like a USB data cable which doubles up as a charging cable when attached to the AC adapter. The adapter is extremely compact and handy. However, HTC really should have provided Beats Audio earphones to complement the beats audio sound enhancement on the handset. Nonetheless, those HTC earphones shipped with the One X are good enough.

Pros: Compact charger

Cons: Earphones could have been better

Look and feel


The One X sports kickass looks, which is bound to give you geekgasms. I own the white version of the One X and its minimalist design gives subtle hints of elegance all throughout.


The One X has a polycarbonate unibody, which gives it a higher durability than other plastic phone-bodies. Moreover, the polycarbonate body on the One X sports a matte finish that takes care of slippery hands and scratches, though compromising on glossy looks. Nonetheless, the phone has a glossy finish along the sides, allowing for a comfortable grip. The One X might seem a bit oversized on first use, but it will not take you long to get used to it.


The unibody of the One X is curved like on the Galaxy Nexus. The curved edges coupled with the sleek chassis makes the One X a droolworthy piece of gadgetry. This phone surely has an aura of elegance about it, and you will love to flaunt it anytime. However, be careful with the camera, as it bulges out from the back and glass on the camera cover is not Gorilla glass or anything. There have been reports of the camera glass catching scratches, so it is wise to place the phone on a perfectly even surface, or over a piece of cloth.

On the front, the One X uses (arguably) Corning Gorilla Glass 2, which is thinner than the original Gorilla Glass and offers the same level of fortification. The overflowing sides on the glass add to the brilliance of the overall design, and this phone is sure to turns some heads every time you bring it out of your pocket.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.