HTC One X+ - An Incremental Update Of One X

1/25/2013 6:06:02 PM

One X+ is considered one of the best existing smartphones. It has solved the issues of battery and performance that were easily seen in previous models. However, being released lately with no much change in appearance, the product doesn’t make much impact.

One X+ is an upgrade of the well-sold HTC One X.

One X+ is an upgrade of the well-sold HTC One X.


One X+ is a relative of One X. They share common design and size (134.4x69.9x8.9mm). However, One X+ (135g) is 5g weightier than One X. It also has some small details changes to refresh the model. For instance, front touch buttons comes with red backlight, instead of white one. Back Beats logo has been changed. Plus, the rear camera has metal part colored in tone of the back lid while its fringe appears in red.

One X+ has some changes.

One X+ has some changes.

One X+ still retains the Poly-Carbonate chassis with two color versions: black and white. But the black finish looks darker yet the coat feels smoother and lumpier than from One X. These small changes enhance One X+ style and make it more gorgeous than the previous model.

One X+ and One X look similar but One X+ is 5g weightier.

One X+ and One X look similar but One X+ is 5g weightier.

Like the previous model, the solid-state chassis is made of Poly-Carbonate, not only making One X+ nice-looking but also bringing an interesting handle. Despite the large size, featuring a 4.7in screen, the device stays firmly in palm, unlike models using metal case. Scratches and dirt are unavoidable but the back lid can be cleaned by tissues.


Similar to One X in design, the display of One X+ hasn’t much change. The screen seizes 4in, protected by the new Corning Gorilla Glass 2 while One X used the old Corning Gorilla Glass. This minimizes the model’s chance of getting scratched and damaged by collision.

One X+ uses IPS LCD 2 panel, featuring HD (720x1,280p) resolution. Plus, this product is still one of the smartphones owning the best display in the market. 312ppi density delivers smoother and sharp texts. Even in close-up view, pixels are hard to see. However, there’s no difference between One X+ and One X, regarding display.

Operating system and interface

In comparison with One X, One X+ uses Android OS with the newer Sense UI. At first sight, it’s hard to distinguish between Android 4.0/Sense 4 in One X with Android 4.1/Sense 4+ on One X+.

It’s seeable that One X’s green and black graphic has been replaced by a blue one with back light (like from Jelly Bean) in One X+. During use, the difference is clear as One X+ runs smoothly, thanks to the optimized performance of Project Bitter in Android 4.1. Besides, Google Now search engine is available in One X+.

The Sense 4+ UI runs more fluently thanks to the new Android plus it comes with several new features. Lock screen looks familiar but the number of lock modes was increased up to 9.

At custom, lock screen is able to display personal info, photo albums, new feeds, weather, stock, works, music or simply blank wallpaper.


Having not much change, the camera of One X+ is overall good.

Having not much change, the camera of One X+ is overall good.

One X+’s camera still retains One X’s hardware, including BSI 8MP sensor, 28mm F/2.0 lens for gaining more light and enhancing shutter speed. One X+’s features are completely similar to the old ones. There’re some small differences in interface and virtual keys.

One X+’s camera provided very good quality in normal or outdoor conditions. In low-lit or night scenes, noise was increased but it was acceptable. With reference to image quality One X and One X+ are on par.

The difference lies in shutter speed. In bursting mode, One X+ delivered considerably fast speed. In outdoor condition, it could result in 20 shots within 4 seconds, while One X’s result was 6 seconds. Meanwhile, One X has a slightly lower speed than One X+.

Front-facing camera has resolution increased from 1.3MP to 1.6MP. Primary camera’s full HD recording supports 28fps, rather than 24fps in previous models.

Performance and battery

This is a remarkable upgrade. In fact, processor speed was upgraded from 1.5GHz (One X) to 1.7GHz (One X+). The old Tegra 3 chip, dubbed T30, was replaced with Tegra 3 T33 in One X+. In multi-core operation mode, Tegra 3 T33 speeded 1.6GHz but in single-core mode, clock rate was increased to 1.7GHz, 200MHz faster than One X’s chip. GPU was also upgraded from ULP GeForce to ULP GeForce 2 with better performance.

In most benchmark tests, One X+ appeared as the leader, leaving One X far behind. In Quadrant test, One X+ got over 7,200 and sometimes 7,600, comparable to Note II using Exynos chip or Optimus G using S4 Pro while One X got below 6,000.

In AnTuTu Benchmark, while One X got 11,600, One X+ got over 13,500, on par with Note II (2GB of RAM). The difference in performance was also shown in Nena Mark 2 test. One X+ got 57fps, higher than One X’s 47.5fps.

Furthermore, short runtime was also fixed. Battery has capacity raised from 1,800mAh to 2,100mAh. HTC’s quad-core smartphone impressed us with its operation. With Wi-Fi/3G on, continuous mail-pushing, Internet browsing, social network updating, One X+ was able to last for 1 day, which One X couldn’t with the same usage level.

After we turned of Wi-Fi and as well as lowered Internet usage, with no games played, the One X+’s battery could deal with 1 day and a half. Plus, HTC’s Android 4.1 provides power-saving mode which enable One X+ to run for 2 days. For us, One X+ has battery 30% better than One X. Performance is higher too but sometimes we faced temperature rising during games or continuous 3G connection.

Storage was doubled (from 32GB to 64GB). The appearance is stylized, solving the issue of both performance and runtime. One X+ is one of the best and most recommended smartphones at the moment. However, the price of $785 and the title of “an upgrade One X” make One X+ less outstanding than its predecessor.

General info

·         2G network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

·         3G network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

·         Body

·         Size: 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm

·         Weight: 135 g



·         Type: Super LCD2 capacitive, 16MP colors

·         Size/ resolution: 720x1280 pixel, 4.7in (~312ppi density)

·         Multi-pointing: Yes

·         Protector: Corning Gorilla Glass 2

·         UI: HTC Sense UI v4+



·         Notification: Vibration, MP3 ringtones

·         Stereo: Yes

·         3.5mm jack: Yes

·         Other: Beats audio



·         Card slot: No

·         Internal storage: 32/64 GB, 1GB of RAM



·         GPRS: Yes

·         EDGE: Yes

·         Speed: HSDPA; HSUPA

·         WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

·         Bluetooth: Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

·         NFC: Yes

·         USB: Yes, micro-USB (MHL) v2.0



·         Primary: 8 MP, 3264x2448p, autofocus, LED flash

·         Features: Dual capture mode, touch to focus, geo tagging, face recognition, HDR shooting

·         Video: Yes, 1080p@30fps

·         Sub-camera: Yes, 1.6 MP, 720p@30fps



·         OS: Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

·         Chipset: NVIDIA Tegra 3 AP37

·         CPU: Quad-core 1.7 GHz

·         GPU: ULP GeForce

·         Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

·         Message: SMS (conversation mode), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

·         Browser: HTML5 support

·         Radio: TBD

·         GPS: Yes, with A-GPS and GLONASS

·         Java: No

·         Color: Black and white

·         Misc.: Micro-SIM active anti-noise mic – TV out (via MHL A/V link) – social network integration – Dropbox (25GB) – MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player – MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV – Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk – document viewer – note, voice alarm – text input prediction



·         Type: Li-Ion 2100mAh


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