HTC One X+ Review - Highlighting Almost All Power Of HTC One X (Part 3)

5/30/2013 9:14:06 AM

Performance and battery life

There are not so many things to pay attention to for the outside – HTC relies on the components inside this phone to put it into the customers’ pockets, and the most notable thing is the 64GB internal storage. On our testing device, this brought out about 65GB of useful space, which will be good enough for almost everyone. We connected the phone with PC and it automatically transferred the data to the storing mode and quickly used up roughly 50GB of the collection of high-quality recordings – such a nice feeling that we have never had before. The phone was really good at recording voice call and the audio quality was also good, and in terms of mobile data, its way of process and behaviors were so alike the One X and Galaxy S III on the HSPA+ network of Vodafone UK in London. The speed also varied based on the signal, but not as much as other devices, and in general, we were at some point between 1-3Mbps down and 1-2 Mbps up. The wireless tethering features worked stably and perfectly. As we mentioned above, our testing unit just has 3G, which is so awkward if considering the fact that LTE is about to arise splendidly in UK – if you intend to jump to the LTE carrier like EE in the coming year, you should definitely take this in mind. EE provided the One XL (LTE version is powered by Qualcomm of One X) just like a part of its LTE product series.

The One X+’s outdoors performance

The One X+’s outdoors performance

The engine in this phone is the AP37 version of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip, including four main cores with a low-energy companion core and the maximum clock rate of 1.7GHz for a single core. This is comparable with the AP33 in One X, which runs at the maximum speed of 1.5GHz. The newer GPU is also increased, from 416MHz to 520 MHz. It can be easy to recognize these enhancements through daily using as everything is just faster – usually is half of a second or a second more advantage than the One X – although we are comparing Jelly Bean with Ice cream here, so it is so hard to determine how many of these differences are really stem from the hardware rather than the updated OS. It is worth pointing out that the current HTC of Vodaphone UK has an important upgrade that makes it much faster (what you can see in the benchmarking table below). Whenever there is a refresh for the Sense 4+, the gap would be reduced much more. Generally, our new benchmarking leads to a very unusual result, which implies that although this Tegra 3 owns a super powerful processor, it is not balance somehow. What do we mean? Well, among their good points for instance AnTuTu – this is mostly because of the high-speed CPU and RAM, instead of any special graphics prowess. More importantly, these good points of the GPU are offset by the battery-hungry – which you will discover more clearly later. Meanwhile, LG Optimus G is powered by the luxury Snapdragon S4 Pro for the real next generation senior phones and cheated us with a battery-consumed overclocking processor?

On the other hand, you should not be discouraged by the GLBenchmark below, because it requires so high that it might be not very practical. Choosing a game from the Tegra Zone store – for example Shadowngun: Deadzone and you will be more pleased with the graphics quality and framing speed maybe.

One X+

·         Quadrant Advanced: 7,457

·         Vellamo HTML5: 1,897

·         AnTuTu: 13,591

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,107

·         GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt HD C24Z16 Offscreen (fps): 12

·         CF-Bench: 14,558

·         Battery life: 7:32

One X+

One X+

Optimus (Sprint)

·         Quadrant Advanced: 7,628

·         Vellamo HTML5: 1,710

·         AnTuTu: 11,284

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,283

·         GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt HD C24Z16 Offscreen (fps): 31

·         CF-Bench: 14,398

·         Battery life: 8:43

Optimus (Sprint)

Optimus (Sprint)

Galaxy Note II

·         Quadrant Advanced: 6,819

·         Vellamo HTML5: 1,831

·         AnTuTu: 13,539

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,023

·         GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt HD C24Z16 Offscreen (fps): 17

·         CF-Bench: 15,267

·         Battery life: 10:45

Galaxy Note II

Galaxy Note II

Global Galaxy S III

·         Quadrant Advanced: 5,852

·         Vellamo HTML5: 1,565

·         AnTuTu: 11,960

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,170 (1,460)

·         GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt HD C24Z16 Offscreen (fps): 15

·         CF-Bench: 13,110

·         Battery life: 9:02

Global Galaxy S III

Global Galaxy S III

Global HTC One X

·         Quadrant Advanced: 5,935 (4,906)

·         Vellamo HTML5: 1,663 (1,364)

·         AnTuTu: 12,479 (11,030)

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,758 (1,773)

·         GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt HD C24Z16 Offscreen (fps): 9.7 (7.5)

·         CF-Bench: 13,928 (13,233)

·         Battery life: 7:58 (6:00)

Global HTC One X

Global HTC One X

The lower the SunSpider score the better. The scores on the brackets is what recorded before the update. Note: We announced the SunSpider benchmark of about 1300 for One X+ at first, but it was mistaken with Chrome instead of the built-in browser which seemed to be significantly much faster.

The HTC One X+’s battery

The HTC One X+’s battery

Let’s go a little bit further into the battery aspect – because in the technical context, it actually does not bring any surprise. Although the clock speed has been increased, we still found the basically similar 40 nm silicon from which the AP33 were placed. The newest 28nm and 32nm chips from Qualcomm and Samsung proved to be more effective, and while Tegra 3 can be a nice selection for such device like the Nexus 7, with the lower price but larger capacity battery, we were not really confident to say that it would be listed as one of the flagship smartphone at the end of year 2012.

Regular use or standby mode is not the problem here, but tasks involving a lot in the processor like playing games and multi-tasking are the main reasons that cause the heating-up problem and quickly empty the battery. The phone battery can easily suffer a day of light using, with 30 percent left after 12 hours, but on that day, there was nothing else but 30 minutes of using camera, some calls and checking for emails. In the regular looped-video test, the phone lasted for 7 hours and 32 minutes, a little bit worse than the 8-hour level that we recorded on One X after updating and far worse than the 9-hour level set by AT&T One X which was powered by Qualcomm and the Samsung Galaxy S III.

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