Taiwanese phone maker HTC three days back unveiled its flagship phone One X at a regional launch in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The Mobile Indian was there to cover the launch event. Here we present the first look of HTC One X smartphone running Android 4.0.
HTC One X is available for Indian consumers from today at leading retail and online stores for Around Rs 35,000. The device will also come bundled with special tariff plans from Airtel.
HTC’s flagship device One X features a polycarbonate unibody that is said to have the ruggedness of metal but is super lightweight.This is the first time that HTC has experimented with a polycarbonate bodydesign and it has come out in flying colours with the One X. Its polycarbonate body is really tough; during the event I accidentally dropped the handset from a height of six feet on a temporary staircase and the smartphone didn’t show any sign of damage.
One X comes with a 1.5 GHz Super 4-plus-1 quadcore Nvidia Tegra 3 mobile processor with integrated fifth battery saver core and a high performance 12 core Nvidia GPU. The device also has a new HTC Sense 4 interface, which makes navigation quite smooth.
The phone has a large 4.7 inch, 720p HD screen with contoured Corning Gorilla Glass that protects the display from scratches. I tried scratching the glass with a pen and coins, and were quite amazed to see no scratch marks on the screen.
The device has an internal memory of 32 GB and an additional 25 GB Dropbox free account so you can easily back up your photos, songs and other documents to the cloud.
In terms of a navigation button one thing to note is that in the One series handsets, instead of the usual menu, home, back and search capacitive buttons on the front panel there are back, home and recent apps buttons.
Also, unlike earlier HTC phones with Beats Audio, which only worked in the stock music and video app, HTC One X integrates with Beats Audio more deeply. Beats Audio’s EQ enhancements will join the party whenever audio plays, whether it’s in the music player, on an internet radio app, or on YouTube.
But the most amazing thing about the HTC One X is its camera capabilities. The camera clicks real fast – at as little as 0.7 seconds and is helped by an autofocus function that takes just 0.2 seconds to get ready. The camera can even click 90 snaps at a go if the user wants to capture some action.
Also, if you are witnessing something important and want to capture it right away but the phone is locked, don’t worry. Simply drag the camera icon to the unlock icon and the camera viewfinder comes on and is ready for action.
One more impressive thing about the phone is its Media Link feature. This feature lets you connect HTC One X to a large-screen TV with a three-finger swipe action. And that’s not all, after connecting the smartphone to a TV one can play a movie on the TV and simultaneously use the mobile screen to check mails or even make phone calls. All this has been made possible by using a Wifi dongle which can be connected into the HDMI slot of the TV.
HTC One X is an extremely well designed and impressive smartphone. It will definitely give some tough competition to iPhone 4S with its large Gorilla Glass screen, solid build quality, and super-fast camera. But the phone’s price tag of Rs 35,000 might not be attractive to many people.
HTC One X is already available in India. Stay tuned for a full review.
(Author was hosted in Singapore by HTC for covering the lauch of HTC One X and One V)