Today, after weeks of rumours, HTC have announced their new phone for the holidays: The HTC One X+. The new phone isn’t actually that new - it’s mostly a refresh of their HTC One X flagship, with a few tweaked specifications and new software features. Let’s have a look.
Probably the most interesting update is the processor. Where there was once a split between the US and the rest of the world, with the US edition coming with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 and LTE, and the European edition coming with a quad-core Tegra 3 and no LTE, this edition is the best of both worlds. It contains that desirable Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core and LTE support, as well a boost in speed from 1.5 GHz to 1.7 GHz.
There have been some other hardware upgrades too - a new larger 2,100 mAh battery that should be good for an extra 6 hours of talk time, a 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera (up from 1.3) and 64 GB of storage. The One X+ also includes an audio amp that will enhance the sound and loudness of the loudspeaker, but not the headphone jack (the opposite of the HTC Windows Phone 8X). One big omission is a jump to 2 GB of RAM, which is found on the LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy Note II that seems to result in a noticeable boost in performance.
On the software front, the One X+ comes with Android Jelly Bean out of the box. That means the One X+ will benefit from Project Butter’s smoothness when navigating the Android UI, as well as a bit more space in both RAM and internal storage. Jelly Bean also improves notifications and introduces Google Now, an oddly prescient personal assistant.
It sounds like a good upgrade over the older model, but not enough to justify an upgrade if you’ve already got an HTC One X, and makes a stronger case against the Samsung Galaxy S III. HTC may have one last trick up their sleeves for 2012, too: That rumoured 5″, 1080p display phone that should make its arguments aainst the similiarly titantic case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.