Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The HTC One X versus the HTC One X+

The HTC One X Android powered smartphones are HTC's most powerful devices in the Philippine market. The One X series comes with a large 4.7-inch HD display (720 x 1280), powerful quad-core processors on Nvidia chipsets, excellent 8MP camera's, HSDPA+ technology and pretty much everything you expect in top of the line smartphone for the Philippine market.

The newly released HTC One X+ will cost you about Php2,400 to Php4,000 more than the older HTC One X, depending on where you buy it. While the are two HTC One X+ models available, one with 32 GB of storage and the other with 64 GB of storage, the one being offering right now in the Philippines is the 64 GB variant.

The HTC One X+ brings upgrades in three areas:

1. SPEED > HTC One X (1.5 GHz quad core processor) versus HTC One X+ (1.7 GHz quad core processor)

The HTC One X+ will definitely by faster. The question is will, anyone notice? The 1.5 GHz processor in the HTC One X is fast enough to run any Android app. The HTC One X+ will run faster and benchmark better, but given how fast the One X is (with Sense 4.1), the additional speed is not worth the additional expenditure.

2. STORAGE > HTC One X (32GB) versus HTC One X+ (64GB)

The HTC One X and One X+ has no MicroSD card slot. So if you want more than 32 GB (26 GB user available) storage, the One X+ is clearly the way to go. A 64GB MicroSD card cost about Php2,500 to Php3,000 more than a 32 GB MicroSD card. So this aspect alone is worth the price premium of the HTC One X+ if you need the additional storage.

3. BATTERY > HTC One X (1800 mAh) versus HTC One X+ (2100 mAh)

How much more battery life does the additional 300 mAh bring? Based on GSMArena's battery life tests:

Talk time
HTC One X+: 13 hours 31 minutes
HTC One X: 9 hours 57 minutes 
Web browsing
HTC One X+: 7 hours 56 minutes
HTC One X: 4 hours 18 minutes 
Video Playback
HTC One X+: 8 hours 11 minutes
HTC One X: 5 hours 45 minutes

The battery life advantage is amazing. It is more than what you expect from a 17% larger battery. There are probably other improvements as well. 


The HTC One X is a nice phone, but the HTC One X+ is just so much better. For a 2.4-4K price difference, I would really recommend the One X+.

1 comment:

  1. My first smartphone, and my only until a couple days ago was a Motorola Atrix 4G. I was tired of Motorola's heavy overlays and proprietary accounts, and after I heard that I would not be getting an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, I had had enough. The replacement phone I chose was the O2 Business Mobile by Rydal Communications.


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