It’s been a big week for Android – and specifically for HTC – with the new HTC One X and One S braving reviewers, being found (for the most part) impressive, and hitting store shelves. UK carriers have begun offering the two new Ice Cream Sandwich handsets priced from free with new agreements, while SIM-free models have already begun shipping out to arrive with pre-order customers. There’s plenty of excitement around what’s become a significant relaunch for HTC, so read on for all the details you need to know.
For all the best deals on contract you’ll want to check out our UK price plan roundup. As for unlocked, SIM-free sales, the cheapest we’ve seen the One X is £492 (inc. tax) from Clove, while the same retailer has the One S in stock for £420 (inc. tax). Expansys has the One S for £5 less, though currently with no stock.
The camera performance is a particular stand-out, being something HTC has put special emphasis on in 2012. HTC’s optical abilities have traditionally lagged behind those of rivals like Apple and Samsung, but with the introduction of a dedicated HTC Imaging chip, better quality optics and a more intuitive, convenient UI, both the One X and One S do a whole lot better.
HTC Sense 4.0 also makes its debut on the new One Series, complete with pared-back graphics and 23GB of free DropBox storage. We’ve detailed all the key changes and improvements, and you can see some of them in our video overview:
HTC Sense 4.0 overview:
If you’re outside of Europe, you’ll have a little longer to wait. AT&T has confirmed it will be offering a dual-core version of the One X, ditching the Tegra 3 chipset in favor of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with LTE connectivity. That may not be such a big deal in terms of performance, however: as our comparative benchmarking shows, the S4 is surprisingly capable despite being a few cores down on its NVIDIA cousin.
T-Mobile USA, meanwhile, will offer the One S on its HSPA+ network. Pricing in the US is yet to be announced by either carrier, though we’re expecting it to be around the $199-299 with agreement mark.
So, has HTC convinced you or are you holding out to see what Apple and Samsung have prepared for the rest of 2012? Let us know in the poll and comments below!