HTC on Sunday unveiled a trio of new smartphones at Mobile World Congress, capped off by the flagship of flagships: the HTC One X. BGR took the wraps off of this stunning smartphone back in November, and the details within our exclusive report are now confirmed. The One X features a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a 4.6-inch 1,280 x 720-pixel high-definition Super LCD 2 display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for 720p video chats, 1GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal eMMC storage (AT&T version has 16GB), embedded 4G LTE and Sense 4.0 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — and it’s all packed into a case that is just 9.27 millimeters thin. The phone also includes Beats Audio across all multimedia apps, not just HTC’s music player, and 25GB of free Dropbox storage for two years, which includes several iCloud-like Sense features such as auto-uploading photos. Read on for more.
The HTC One X finds itself atop the totem pole in HTC’s new “HTC One” lineup, which will designate its flagship devices moving forward. The specs listed above tell an impressive story, but we were fortunate enough to spend some time with the handset ahead of HTC’s announcement and the specs definitely don’t tell the whole story.
HTC said that its new HTC One devices focus on three main pillars: Amazing design and user experience, an amazing camera, and an amazing multimedia experience. We’ll discuss how the One X fares in each of these categories in our hands-on with the device, but one area in particular managed to really blow us away: the camera.
The camera in HTC’s new One-series phones is a complete departure from the technology used on the vendor’s earlier devices. HTC One smartphones each include an “HTC ImageChip,” which is a physical chip dedicated solely to the camera system. The 8-megapixel One X camera features an f2.0 aperture and HTC’s amazing new image capture software, which includes revamped HDR technology and integrated Instagram-like filters.
Perhaps most impressive of all, the new cameras across HTC’s One lineup are capable of capturing an image, saving the image and preparing to take a new shot all in the span of 0.7 seconds. Still not impressed? Images are actually initially captured in RAW format now to ensure the highest quality before being converted to JPG, and the One X can capture 8-megapixel still photos while recording 1080p HD video.
HTC had a rough fourth quarter in an otherwise stellar year, and the smartphone maker vowed that it would narrow its focus and concentrate on distinguishing itself from the competition in 2012. The One X, which manages to pack a remarkable amount of technology into a beautifully-designed package, is a terrific start. This smartphone is as sleek as it is capable, and it sets the bar high for Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2012. In fact, I can only think of one smartphone that might be able to compete with the One X, but it isn’t expected to make an appearance at this year’s show.
The HTC One X will launch on AT&T by the end of April, and HTC’s first three One-branded smartphones will be available from a combined 130 partners around the world in 2012. We’ll have more on this sleek smartphone shortly in our hands-on.