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HTC One X review

New flagship brings quad core power - but is that enough to boost the brand?

HTC One X review
The definitive HTC One X review

Our Verdict

The One X is one of HTC's best handsets to date, and sets a very high bar for 2012.

For

  • Great screen
  • Stunning design
  • Powerful processor
  • Quality camera

Against

  • Iffy battery life
  • No microSD slot
  • Video grainy

TechRadar Verdict

The One X is one of HTC's best handsets to date, and sets a very high bar for 2012.

Pros

  • +

    Great screen

  • +

    Stunning design

  • +

    Powerful processor

  • +

    Quality camera

Cons

  • -

    Iffy battery life

  • -

    No microSD slot

  • -

    Video grainy

Update: We've now got our hands on an HTC One X complete with Android 4.0.4 and Sense 4.1 - read on to see if it really makes that much of a difference.

The HTC One X brings the best processor, an HD screen and a sublimely thin chassis as the Taiwanese firm looks to recreate the success of the original Desire.

The One X is a phone that's had us intrigued for a while - running a quad core CPU (Nvidia's Tegra 3) plus one of the largest screens on any HTC… and that's without being given a gargantuan name like the Titan.

It's clear from the outset what HTC is trying to do with the One X: shake off the slight doom and gloom surrounding the brand's fall in profits, and bring out a slick, powerful and, more importantly, useable handset.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.