January this year saw the launch of the HTC One X. It was the most powerful smartphone at the time, the first smartphone to have a quad-core processor. People who heard about it where excited and were dying to buy it. But something somewhere went wrong. The phone which many swore by did not have the sales figure that was expected from it. This might have been one of the reasons why HTC has unveiled the new much more powerful HTC ONE X+. The “+” tells it all, the new device is the older One X which has taken a dose of steroids. It looks a lot meaner and is a lot more powerful, ready to take-on anything that comes its way.
Let us talk about the design of the device first. As I said it looks a lot meaner than the One X even although the overall design is similar. The “meaner look” is due to the red accent that fits perfectly with the black polycarbonate unibody.
Now on to what makes the One X+ so much better than its rivals. The X+ has a 1.7GHz Quad-core Tegra-3, 64GB of storage, an updated 1.6MP front face cam, and a 2100mAh battery. The speed enhancement from the previous One X is felt the moment you start using the device. This gives you a really good user experience which is aided with the addition of HTC’s new UI, which they have named accordingly as “Sense 4+”. There has been an improvement in terms of the sound quality of the loudspeaker. Apparently, this is due to the addition of a feedback amplifier. Apart from these there are not many changes in terms of the hardware. It still sports the 8MP rear cam with f/2.0 lens, the 4.7inch 1280 x 720 Super LCD 2 display and 1GB RAM.
The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is now a minimum requirement in the ranks of high-end Android smartphones. This also means that the device has Google Now, which can be accessed through a long press on the home button. Google Now tailors search information based on things it learns about you over time, which we think is pretty neat. A few new modes have been introduced to enhance experience while using the camera. Self Portrait mode on the front camera helps you capture high quality photos by “intuitively detecting the human face at various angles and applying subtle enhancements to skin and eyes”. The second one is the Sightseeing mode, which “makes sure you’ll always be ready to capture the moment”. With one touch of the power button, you can bypass the lock screen and launch directly into the camera. Two new views in Gallery have also been introduced which display images and videos and group them according to where and when they were taken.
The new HTC One X+ again goes to show that HTC continues to set new standards for the smartphone market and is a company from which we can expect some really amazing phones in the near future.
Now, if you are thinking of buying the HTC One X anytime soon and ready to shell out few more bucks, we advise you to wait for the new HTC One X+. It is stated to be available in Europe and North Asia from October and in South Asia from November 2012. North America, you will have to wait for a separate announcement from HTC.