In early April 2012, HTC Malaysia launched their latest Android flagship Smartphone – the HTC One series which includes HTC One X and HTC One V.
At the roadshow held in Pavilion Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur, I rushed myself over after work one day to get my hands on the gorgeous device that I’ve been waiting for a long time. Since, I didn’t get invited to the Media Launch event. 😦
Confession (and disclaimer) – I am quite a hard core HTC fangirl.
At the Pavilion roadshow, I got my hands on with both the White and Black version of the HTC One X.
Here’s a quick overview of the HTC One X specifications:-
- 4.7″ Super IPS LCD2 display (720p)
- 1.5 GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor
- 32 GB built in internal memory (no expandable microSD slot)
- Available in 2 colours; White and Grey
- Polycarbonate unibody design
- Powered by Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with HTC Sense 4)
- 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
- 8.9 mm thin, weighing only 130 grams
- Li-Ion 1,800 mAh battery (non-removable)
- Free 25GB Dropbox cloud storage (2 years)
Coming Home with HTC One X
It has been awhile since I last bought a HTC phone. I had the HTC Desire for the longest time, rooted and flashed with custom ROM as it continued to serve me very very well. Then, I switched over to SGS2 while awaiting for the next flagship HTC phone to hit the market.
Then, HTC announced the HTC One X. I was jumping with joy. Being the fangirl that I am, I came prepared with cash to the Pavilion roadshow, ready to get my hands on the Android superphone – the HTC One X.
And so, I got home with this paperbag. Inside it, my new toy.
Unfortunately for me, the White coloured phone was sold out when I was there, so I bought the Black (HTC calls it Grey) version. I don’t mind so much, really.
To protect my new phone, I also purchase Rock’s Naked Shell (retailing at RM99) but promo priced at RM50 with purchase of the phone from SIS Malaysia.
Alongside the purchase of the phone at the roadshow, I got some freebies – a HTC/Android post-it note and HTC One X keychain. The keychain is in the shape of the HTC One X. Isn’t that cute?
During this launch roadshow, the first 300 customers will receive a free Beats headphones (err… in ear headphones, not the cans) worth RM599 for FREE! Unfortunately, they ran out of stock at the roadshow. So I got a Redemption Voucher to redeem the headphones when they are back in stock again.
Also, because I was previously using the Samsung Galaxy S II, I had to go to Maxis to get myself a Micro SIM instead. Yes. The HTC One X uses a Micro SIM.
Unboxing the HTC One X
Now, let’s look inside the HTC One X box.
First, I have to commend HTC for using (once again) a recycled / bio-degradeable packaging. The box has a nice corky feel to it.
Inside the box, my gorgeous new toy – the 4.7″ HTC One X.
(Clockwise from Top Left) HTC One X bio-degradeable packaging, HTC One X inside the box, Metal pin used to open Micro SIM slot, HTC standard headphones, Power adapter and sync/charge USB to microUSB cable.
Yes, ladies and gentleman. This is the HTC One X (Grey) in my hands…
The polycarbonate unibody design is very nice, indeed. The phone feels very solid in my hands. Gotta hand it to HTC for continuously building great phones. No cheap plasticky material here.
The polycarbonate body feels like the NNokia Lumia Windows Phone. It feels matte like a rubbery material, which gives you a good grip of the phone in your hands. Great handling, even without a phone casing.
(Top Left) Ear speaker grill at the top. Along with the tiny front facing 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls. (Top Right) Capacitive touch sensitive buttons for “Back”, “Home” and “Multi Tasking”. No more “Menu” button here, all built in to the OS.
(Middle Left) Back speaker grill, along with the Beats Audio logo. (Middle Right) 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The lens is in the middle of a giant frame that I think looks like a giant nipple.
(Bottom Left) HTC One X is 8.9mm thin, volume rocker on the right and microUSB charge/sync slot at the left. (Bottom Right) Power button and 3.5mm headphone jack at the top.
Use the metal pin provided in the packaging to open the micro SIM slot at the top back of the phone. Time to pop in my Maxis micro SIM!!!
Then, to pop in my backplate casing from Rock. Hmmm…. my favourite colour… red. Also this case covers up the “nipple”. Hehe.
Comparing the HTC One X with Samsung Galaxy S II and Apple iPhone
Since the only other 2 phones I have with me are the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Apple iPhone 4, I decided to take some pictures to show you the size comparison between all 3 phones.
Let’s not talk about specs here. I am talking about size comparison.
The HTC One X has a 4.7 inch screen, while the Samsung Galaxy S II sites at a middle size of 4.3 inch while the smallest iPhone 4 is, of course a tiny screen at 3.7 inch.
While Android phones seem to be getting bigger and bigger in size (like phablet craze for Samsung Galaxy Note), many people, including myself, really think that the 4.7″ size of the HTC One X is just nice.
Yes, SGS2 at 4.3″ was sufficient. But once you start using the 4.7″ screen size, you wonder how you possibly lived with smaller screens. Two thumb typing on the on screen keyboard has never been more comfortable.
When Samsung Galaxy S2 came out, the AMOLED screen was unbeatable and absolutely stunning. Then came Super AMOLED, followed by HD Super AMOLED, then qHD and Retina Display. HTC One X comes with a 720p resolution Super IPS LCD2. Which, errr… I don’t quite know how good / bad it is compared to the others.
Best bet – try to tell the difference with your naked eye. I don’t care much for Apple’s Retina Display – when experts tell you that it’s better resolution that human eyes can see. Err… then, what’s the point for humans?
With my naked eye, the HTC One X display is (of course) stunning. With a curved screen and the new display technology in the phone, the visuals on screen seems to be floating in 3D, and not flat like the other 2 phones. Granted, the HTC One X is the newest phone of the bunch.
I can’t describe the screen resolution to you, unless I go real technical here. You just have to see it yourself.
Pricing and Availability
The HTC One X is on sale now at the Recommended Retail Proce (RRP) of RM 2,099.
Of course, you also have the option of purchasing the phone alongside a telco operator’s data plan. All 3 major telcos today have bundled plans for the HTC One X.
Even U Mobile has a Postpaid plan for the HTC One X.
After about a month using the HTC One X, the phone is fully customized to my liking. The ringtones, alarms, notifications, etc. I even bought up to 7 or 8 cases already at this point.
Yeah – in case you didn’t know, I am what you call, a “case lady”. I go crazy with cases, accumulating them like crazy. Not just phone cases, but tablet cases, laptop cases and any types of cases of gadgets.
But I digress.
Soon, hopefully next week, I will be writing my review post on the HTC One X. Do you have any questions you want to ask for my review? Sound off in the comments below.