Mobile and Wireless: HTC One X Smartphone May Help Android Supporter Regain Its Footing
HTC One X, Home Screen
While on some previous HTC Android devices a user swipes away from a static screen to unlock the device, on the HTC One, running Android 4.0, the user swipes at an orb to unlock the phone. To open the phone directly into an app on the home screen, the user can drag that icon into the orb, saving a step.
The Android-running HTC One X is HTC's newest flagship smartphone, and the faltering phone maker has pulled out all the stops: Android 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich; version 4.0 of its Sense user interface; a high-definition 4.7-inch display; Beats Audio; Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity; a dual-core processor; 16GB of internal memory; mobile hotspot capabilities for up to five devices; a video camera that records in 1080p and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with extremely easy-to-use tools for editing and enhancing images. For video calls, there's also a 1.3MP camera on the front. The One X's initially most striking feature, though, is its size. It measures 5.3 by 2.75 inchesnot inconsiderablebut manages to stay 0.36 inches thin and weigh less than 4.6 ounces, thanks to a polycarbonate frame. While its stature will feel a bit unwieldy to some, those users wanting a large screenwhether for gaming, watching movies or even just Web surfing on the HTML5-suppported browsercan expect a fast, responsive phone that may well help HTC take back some market share from rival Samsung. AT&T will begin selling the HTC One X May 6 for $199 with a two-year contract.