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.
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 it’s 4.5-inch display, which features a 960