HTC One X+ Review: Basically The Same Awesome Phone

The HTC One X is one of the best Android Phones you can buy. The One X+ ups the phone's already impressive specs with a 1.7Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor. And HTC's clearly heard customers whining about battery life, because the Plus packs a 2100mAh battery. Can HTC's new heater fight the good fight against the likes of Samsung's hot rod Galaxy S III?

Disclaimer: We reviewed a UK version of the One X plus, so we couldn't test things like its LTE connection. In other words, while we can get a good idea of what the phone is like, we can't come to an officially official conclusion about it.

What Is It?

HTC's latest and greatest Android phone: a quad-core beast running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Who's It For?

Androiders who crave the absolute fastest thing they can get.


Like the original One X? Good! Because this phone looks exactly the same. Thin and light. Our review unit was decked out in a pretty disappointing variant of soft-touch plastic that somehow managed to attract smudges like it was a touchscreen or something.

Using It

As promised, this phone is fast. Apps snap open, games whiz by with zero labour. Jellybean's impressive Project Butter turns scrolling through lists and screens into some sort of expressionist art: It's hypnotically smooth. It looks like the original X's heat issue has been solved by a faster processor (with more cores) that doesn't have to work as hard. We played graphics-intensive games for hours without it getting uncomfortable, and it never crotch-cooked us riding around in a front pocket all day.

The Best Part

HTC managed to make the phone bigger on the inside while maintaining the original X's svelte proportions. The two phones are physically identical, and on our official Gizmodo scale, the Plus was only eight grams heavier.

Tragic Flaw

Big phone + stylish jeans = accidental power button-presses that turn the phone off in your pocket.

This Is Weird

The included Beats Audio made sound quality worse on every single pair of headphones we tried. OK, I guess that's not too weird.

Test Notes

  • Samurai Vengeance remains the Gizmodo standard testing game. We own.
  • The phone managed to pull down an average of 2.8 mpbs via its HSPA connection.
  • The phone lasted all day on a single charge, but it may not fair as well on LTE.
  • Like the HTC One X, this still has the best screen we've ever seen on a phone. Bar none. It's just gorgeous.
  • I like HTC Sense. There, I said it.

Should You Buy It?

HTC is yet to announce an Australian release. But if you're in the market for a top-end Android phone if or when this phone does hit our shores, you can do a lot worse than this attractive, powerful handset.

HTC One X+

• OS: Android 4.1 • CPU: 1.7Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 • Screen: 4.7-inch Super LCD2 (312ppi) • RAM: 1GB RAM • Storage: 32GB or 64GB • Camera: 8MP rear, 1.3MP front • Battery: 2100mAh


    wait, battery only lasted the day? what were your settings on?

    the SGS3 lasts a couple days easily if you got wifi, bluetooth and GPS turned off and your screen brightness not on full (which is unnecessary anyway).

    I'd expect this to come somewhat close, better or worse I dont know, but to "make a day" isnt a very good indictator if phones with the same size battery are lasting a few.

      Mate, we're talking about using the features on the phone. What's the point of turning off all the features of the phone just to make the battery last longer? It's obvious the test is done with the intent of seeing how long the battery lasts under real world conditions and scenarios. If you want a phone that lasts longer when you're not using any features, why don't you get the nokia 5110 from 15 years ago that would last a whole week if you didn't make calls or text.

      You must sit your s3 on the desk and not use it....

        LOL Very true

      Lol I can't believe you just said that. Here's a piece of advice. Never use ur phone. Just let it sit there on standby then u'll get Weeks out of it..................................

    Im assuming by "stylish jeans" you mean womens jeans? (Skinny)

      I suppose carrying a man-bag would solve said "tragic flaw".

      Just make sure it's as stylish as the jeans.

        Maybe its actually a power saving initiative

    pretty keen on this. my lady has a oneX and I've got a DHD which I'll upgrade soon- one thing I can say about HTC phones is the build quality is usually fantastic. bit slack on their software updates however...

    How does this compare with the Nexus 4?

    So does lte work on telstra 4g ? Where was test model from ?

    -_- oh great another phone with a big screen with barely any new features.

    The last time I was blown away from handheld gadgets was 5 years ago upon the release of the iPhone.

    Now all we keep getting are the same regurgitated phones year after year with barely any major changes. I'm still waiting for the Haptics Touch Screen Sensing technology, take a look.

    Can anyone quantify for me the increase in battery life over the previous version?

    My One X is out of battery by 4pm most days. It's the Achilles Heel of an otherwise great phone.

    I suspect it's because I must be in a weakish signal coverage area, and am also replicating my Lotus Traveler mail every 10 minutes or so.

    A One X+ with say an extra 33% more battery life would be a worthwhile investment for me.

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    Can I import this? Will it work in Australia on a BYO Phone plan?

      Check it:

        Thanks kindly, friend! I shall save this link for when I can buy it :)

        Last edited 03/11/12 3:08 am

    I bought a HTC one x on 30th October,2012. today on 3rd November wihin 4 days I have a problem with the phone, the LCD screen continuously blickers when it is switched on. Going to World Tel, Baku,Azerbaijan tomorrow to change my phone. Very disappointed.

      I work in the phone industry and we have several phones coming back from several manufacturers claiming busted phones. Its a pick of the draw sometimes so can happen anywhere really. although i have seen a couple of more One x's then others it still doesnt mean every One X is doomed.

    Had the galaxy s3 4g one day reception was the main issue once out of capital city but still on Hume hwy W's out of service for 50% of trip where s my old desire had no drop outs. If this phone still has blue tick it will be the only way to go unless I go down the dark path of apple.

    Bad news everyone.

    This won't be landing in Australia apparently.

      We've been chatting with HTC about this. It's not confirming one way or the other. The wording is super ambiguous. Until we hear it definitively one way or another, we won't run that story. At this stage it seems doubtful, though.

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