HTC decided to use Mobile World Congress to announce their major plans for 2012, coming in the form of the HTC One X. The HTC One X will be a beast no matter where you find it, but it’s worth noting that the United States will see a different phone than the rest of the world.
The global HTC One X will be one of the world’s first quad-core phones, running on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor. That includes a 1.5 GHz Super 4-PLUS-1 quad core (with a fifth core to help save battery power) and a 12 core NVIDIA GPU. That’s an insane amount of power packed into a smartphone. The United States’ version of the HTC One X, on the other hand, will have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor found in the HTC One S. Before those of you in the States get too upset, there are two important points to note – the first being that both of those processors probably pack in more power than you will ever need in a smartphone, and the second being that the U.S. version is going sans quad-core to make room for LTE compatibility, which is not present in the global version. Both versions will be 42 Mbps HSPA+ compatible.
As for physical design, the HTC One X has a 4.7” 720p HD display made of high-quality contoured Corning Gorilla Glass. The phone itself has a polycarbonate, unibody design made to last and look good for the entire life-span of the phone. As with the other phones in the One line, the One X runs on Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 integrated, bringing camera and audio enhancements. The camera on the One X is 8 MP, and, thanks to ImageSense (part of Sense 4.0), is much better at reducing noise and color bias while improving night shot performance thanks to the f/2.0 lens. Shutter speed is reduced to fractions of a second, allowing for continuous shots, and taking stills and recording video simultaneously is now possible. Video recording is in 1080p HD.
The audio upgrades come courtesy of integration with Beats Audio By Dre. HTC Sync Manager simplifies syncing music and media with your computer, while the HTC Music Hub sticks Internet radio stations and your own music library in one convenient, central location. The HTC One X is optimized for Beats By Dre audio accessories, which HTC strongly recommends you purchase separately, in an infuriating bit of trans-corporation back scratching at the cost of consumer choice.
The HTC One X will be available in April of this year. In news that will likely please no one, the HTC One X will be an AT&T exclusive, with a two-year contract. Pricing information at this time is unknown.
Update 05/1/2012: Check out our review of the HTC One X
Chance Kinney contributed to this report.