In the recent past, HTC had the reputation of bringing out smartphones meant solely for well-heeled customers. That’s why it’s refreshing to now see the company introducing phones catering to all market segments. And the latest in this breed is the HTC One VX, a capable mid-range smartphone equipped with enviable features, slated to release at the end of October 2012. A quick device review based on initial impressions:
3G and 4G LTE network functionality
4.5-inch Super LCD 2 touchscreen, 960 by 540-pixel resolution
The One VX, upon first glance, cuts an attractive figure with subtle edges and a glossy but tough polycarbonate body. The smartphone’s 133.60 by 67.60 by 9.10-millimeter dimensions and 124-gram weight make it a moderately portable device. While one misses the familiar metal frameworks of standard HTC smartphones, the One VX feels reliably sturdy and well-built. According to reports, the One VX will be available in gray, white, and black shades.
The chassis and the detachable back panel collectively accommodate a good range of features such as a micro USB port, a micro SD card slot, a loudspeaker, microphones, NFC receivers, and a headphone jack – besides of course the power switch, battery, camera, and volume controls.
The One VX’s display is competent courtesy of the quarter high-definition 960 by 540-pixel Super LCD 2 touchscreen. Moreover the screen has a density of 245 pixels per inch and supports 16 million colors. The result is a suitably vivid viewing experience with satisfactory color and contrast output. The 4.5-inch screen has multi-touch capacitive abilities that ought to render receptive touch response and operation, given HTC’s penchant for the same. Below the screen are the standard touch-enabled home, back, and menu navigational buttons.
HTC has fortified the One VX with an agile 1.2 GHz Qualcomm (MSM8930) dual core processor possessing the additional Snapdragon S4 configuration. The processor is boosted by the presence of 1GB RAM. Together these core elements promise speedy processing, fast opening of applications, and efficient multitasking.
The One VX has 2G (quad band GSM) functionality to ensure clear and break-free calls. The device also supports 3G (HSDPA 850 and 1900) and 4G LTE networks. The latter facets should ensure quick data access and browsing (via the inbuilt HTML 5 browser).
Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0.4) operating system is on board to help ease the user experience. Notably, the smartphone provides an option to upgrade to the latest Jelly Bean version.
The 8 GB internal memory capacity is expandable to 32 GB and should suffice for most users’ requirements.
The entrenched 1810 mAh Li-Ion battery is capacious and a welcome addition.
Camera and Other Aspects
The One VX is armed with a competent 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and autofocus. Settings such as geo-tagging as also face and smile detection are available. Incidentally, there is a front-facing camera provided as well.
The accompanying camcorder can record high quality videos at 1080-pixel resolution.
Other notable VX One embellishments include an MP3 player, Google Apps, Bluetooth 3.0, Edge and GPRS, MMS and Push Email, Assisted GPS, Accelerometer, and SNS integration.
The HTC One VX exudes all-round proficiency without compromising on essential features. If priced right, the smartphone is bound to sell well.
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