HTC’s One X+ looks just like the original One X on the outside, but some key components inside have been upgraded. Image: HTC Corp.
HTC’s One X is our current pick for the best Android handset out there (sorry, Galaxy S III), but that doesn’t mean the handset is perfect. After all, who wouldn’t like a bit more battery life, a bit more speed and processing power?
Well, that’s what HTC says it will deliver in the One X+, which is set to launch later this year alongside the mid-range One VX and the eagerly anticipated Windows Phone 8X. All three phones will be sold through AT&T in the U.S.
The One X+, announced by HTC on Tuesday, will replace the One X (which launched in May) as the company’s flagship Android handset, but on the outside, the One X+ and the One X will remain the same, except in color. The One X was available in a white or charcoal grey colorway, but the One X+ will be available only in matte black.
The gorgeous 4.7-inch 1280×720 LCD touchscreen on the One X remains on the One X+, but on the inside, the beastly fast 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon from the original One X gets replaced by a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU. It just so happens the non-U.S. version of the first One X featured this same Tegra 3 CPU. As such, the One X+ will be HTC’s first quad-core smartphone to hit the U.S. But the massive display and amped-up processor shouldn’t nuke battery life. HTC says the One X+ will last about 50 percent longer than its predecessor, thanks to a larger 2,100mAh battery. Internal storage gets bumped from 16GB to 64GB, and the front-facing camera is upgraded from 1.3-megapixels to 1.6-megapixels.
The One X+ will also be the first HTC phone to ship on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (skinned in the hardware maker’s Sense 4 user interface). For now, HTC and AT&T aren’t saying when the One X+ will hit the U.S., but the handset will launch in Europe in October, and across Asia from October to November.
The Android Jelly Bean update found on the One X+ will hit HTC’s One S and One X in October, HTC said in a statement.
HTC’s One VX, also announced Tuesday, will sit beneath the One X+ and One X in terms of specs (and hopefully price), but not too far below. On paper, the biggest downgrade on the One VX looks to be its 4.5-inch display, which features a 960 x 540 pixel resolution. The One VX will ship running Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system but will be upgradeable to 4.1 Jelly Bean shortly after launch, HTC said.
Inside, the One VX will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB RAM. While the One X and One X+ pack 8-megapixel rear facing cameras, the One VX will feature a 5-megapixel rear camera. Included storage is cut down as well — just 8GB for the One VX.
HTC and AT&T have yet to announce pricing or solid release dates for the One X+, the One VX or the 8X, though the two companies have said the 8X is pegged for November.
HTC’s Windows Phone 8X will launch on AT&T later this year. Image: HTC Corp.