HTC One X Review: Taming the Beast


The HTC One X has an 8-megapixel camera at the back and a 1.3 megapixel camera at the front. The camera on the One X truly matches its marketing tagline.

“Amazing camera, Authentic Sound, Iconic Design.”

 What would you look for in a phone camera? Image quality, finer shooting controls and good focusing? HTC one X delivers all these, with amazing accuracy. The ImageSense camera application developed as part of HTC’s Sense UI 4.0 package packs a punch into the camera on the One X. With ImageSense, the One X takes amazing pictures, and the image quality is only augmented by the marvelous HD display.

The One X BSI CMOS sensor allows more unobstructed light into the camera’s sensor, thereby reducing noise and making for better shots under dark conditions. The One X camera also sports continuous HD [email protected] video recording and simultaneous video and image capture, all courtesy of HTC’s ImageSense software and the dedicated ImageChip.


The One X has a really fast shutter, which clicks in 0.7 seconds and auto-focuses in 0.2 seconds, all courtesy of a special hardware. The camera on the One X is powered by a dedicated Image Signal Processor (ISP) chip called ImageChip, which is separate from the CPU or the GPU. This chip handles everything camera, including lens correction, automatic white balance, focusing and image processing.

The lens on the One X is a 28mm lens with an f/2.0 aperture. Focusing is extremely accurate on the One X and can be done in between video captures as well. Though, the most appreciable thing about the camera is quick access to most effects and features. None of the settings is buried deep down in some menu so that by the time you are ready with your camera, the moment is past.


Another impressive feature on the One X is slo-mo video capture. This mode captures 480p videos at 768×432 and 60 fps, which is played back at 24 fps. The videos are definitely not of the professional BBC documentary quality, but hey, it is something new!

All in all, the One X offers a really good camera at daylight conditions (for a camera phone), but messes up the colors at night. However, this is true for most camera phones and professional photographers do not have any plans of replacing their cameras with phones any day.

Pros: All

Cons: None

Music and sound quality


The One X touts a Beats Audio sound enhancement, which starts by enhances the bass, but there is more to it. It is worth mentioning that the sound remains distortion free at high volume, thereby giving it the feel of a studio sound. Moreover, the Beats Audio enhancement is available to other applications on the One X too, and not just the stock music player. Beats Audio surely improves sound on the One X, but a better earphone will go a long way towards truly appreciating Beats Audio. The One X comes with a run-of-the-mill earphone, which has nothing spectacular to offer, but it does a decent job nonetheless.

The built-in speakers are placed properly at the bottom near the curved back-surface. However, the speaker has a very low gain, making maximum volume on this phone quite inaudible (say when you are sitting under a fast running fan).

Pros: Richer sound, better bass

Cons: Needs better earphones and speakers

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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.