HTC One X+ vs. HTC One X – Review

by Jerry D on December 24, 2012

Who would come out on top in a fight between the HTC One X+ and the HTC One X? We could give the first one a 12lb Christmas turkey, the second one a similarly weighty honeyed ham, and watch them eat their fill until one doubles over with cramps. Or we could let the specs decide over 10 tech rounds? Not as much fun, perhaps, but the results should be much more accurate.

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Round #1 – Connectivity

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the One X+ comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also boasts support for faster 4G networks. HTC has jammed its handset with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. No 4G here, however.

Score: +1 to One X+ (1-0)

Round #2 – Size & Weight

Now for a size comparison. You have to look very closely to see any difference. The One X+ is the same height and width as the One X. Both are 8.9mm thick. But measure the weight of the duo and the One X+ weighs a smidgeon more at 135g, while the HTC One X tips the scales at 130g.

Score: +1 to One X (1-1)


Round #3 – Cameras

The One X+ comes packing a built-in 8.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 1.6MP camera for video calls.

The One X also comes equipped with a 8.0 MP camera along with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 1080p video recording. A extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is a little lower at 1.3MP.

Score: +1 to both phones (2-2)

Round #4 – Screen/keyboard

Display size is key and the One X+ features a brilliant 4.7-inch (720 x 1280) touch-sensitive Super LCD2 screen. The resulting pixel density of this handset is an impressive 312.553 pixels per inch.

In terms of size, the One X’s touch-sensitive Super LCD2 screen is identical. The resolution is also identical. With 921600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is the same 312.553 pixels per inch.

Score: +1 to both phones (3-3)

Round #5 – Processor

As to which phone has the best processor, the One X+’s processor is a 1.7GHz quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip, while the One X uses a slightly slower version of the Tegra 3 chip, rated at 1.5GHz.

Score: +1 to One X+ (4-3)

Round #6 – Software

Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) is loaded onto the One X+ as standard, while the One X launched with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Both versions of Android have been souped-up with HTC’s own Sense UI, now at v4.

Score: +1 to both phones (5-4)

Round #7 – Applications

What about apps? How do the One X+ and One X compare? As far as this fight is concerned, both the One X+ and the One X connect to Google Play. Consequently, this round ends in a tie. So a point each.

Score: +1 to both phones (6-5)

Round #8 – Storage

This round revolves around storage. HTC gives you a choice of 32 or 64GB One X+ models. The older HTC One X, however, only comes with a single storage option – a 32GB model. With this in mind, the 64GB in the best One X+ trumps the 32GB capacity of the One X. Without an expansion slot on the One X+, 64GB is the maximum amount of storage available. HTC also didn’t build an expansion slot into the One X, so 32GB is all you get.

Score: +1 to One X+ (7-5)

Round #9 – Battery life

And now, a quick word about the battery life… HTC boasts 12.75 hours of talktime for the newer One X+, versus 10.0 hours for the One X. The standby times are 360 hours for the One X+ and 384 hours for the One X. There’s not much in it, so this round ends in a tie. The points are shared.

Score: +1 to both phones (8-6)


Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Round #10 – Extras

The One X+ also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and Beats audio. In comparison, the One X features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and Beats audio

Score: +1 to both phones (9-7)

BPF Verdict: The HTC One X+ wins!

So what does the ‘+’ bring to the HTC One X? The HTC One X+ improves upon the older model in several, key areas – it’s offers a 64GB version, a faster 1.7GHz processor and a slightly better battery. But crucially, it’s the inclusion of 4G/LTE that pushes this phone up our smartphone leader board (see below).

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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