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HTC One X hands-on

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 7:48PM EST

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It’s finally here… the flagship smartphone we’ve all been waiting for… HTC’s One X. BGR first revealed details surrounding HTC’s high-end One X back in November, and the wait has been grueling but it’s finally behind us. This sleek smartphone is every bit as beastly as we all knew it would be, and then some. Starting with the 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display that features 720p HD resolution, this is easily one of the best screens we’ve ever seen on an HTC phone. The quad-core Tegra 3 appears to be an absolute monster, and we didn’t even come close to tripping it up during our hands-on time with the phone. Check out our photo gallery below, and hit the break for more.

The look of the One X is familiar from afar, but up close there are a number of unique details we really appreciate. For one thing, the handset’s unibody case is made from a single piece of polycarbonate so scratches won’t show at all. We also love the design of the handset; the One X is flat on top and on the bottom, but the curved look of the right and left edges on the phone create an optical illusion that makes the whole phone seem slightly concave like the Galaxy Nexus.

The other big story with the One X is the camera. Plainly put, there is nothing like it on any other smartphone in the world (aside from HTC’s other One-branded smartphones, of course). It features an 8-megapixel sensor that captures amazingly crisp photos, but the more impressive feat is that it can capture an 8-megapixel photo in RAW format, and get ready to capture another photo in just 0.7 seconds. It can also capture full-resolution 8-megapixel images while recording full HD 1080p video. Amazing.

Battery life remains the biggest question mark here, but NVIDIA has promised that its 4-PLUS-1 architecture — which uses four cores to power through most tasks and a single “companion core” for lighter duties such as music playback and standby — will make its chipset far more battery-friendly than rival processors.

We can’t wait to get our hands on a One X for a full review but in the meantime, be sure to check out our hands-on photos in the gallery linked above.

Josh Karp Distinguished Fellow

Josh Karp followed his love of technology since a kid through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, and part of the first editorial team, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eighteen years of experience covering the wireless industry.