HTC upgrades its flagship phone, introducing the One X+

2 Oct 2012

HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One X, has been upgraded in the form of the One X+, featuring a faster processor, expanded internal storage, extended battery life and other improvements.

The HTC One X was launched earlier this year and was lauded for its impressive imaging capabilities. The 8MP rear-facing camera on the One X+ remains largely the same, but HTC claims its latest UI, HTC Sense 4+, offers more with intelligent features. These include the new Sightseeing mode, which lets users jump from a locked screen directly to the camera app with one touch of the power button.

The front-facing camera has been upgraded though, from 1.3MP to 1.6MP. There’s also a new Self Portrait mode that can detect faces at various angles and enhance the look of skin and eyes in the final image.

Larger, better, faster, longer

The HTC One X+ comes with double the internal storage of its predecessor at 64GB. The Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor has also been upgraded from 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz, offering better performance. By comparison, HTC claims the One X+ LTE is 67pc faster than its One X counterpart.

The One X+ also offers up to 50pc, or six hours, more talk time with a larger 2,100mAh battery – HTC’s longest-lasting battery yet.

Same look, new features

Design-wise, the One X+ is almost identical to the One X, just 5g heavier. It still sports the same 4.7-inch super LCD 2 display, but there are new technologies locked inside. Primarily, the One X+ operates the latest Android platform, Jelly Bean 4.1.

Beats Audio is still included, and it now comes with a Tap and Go function that lets users connect their phone to Beats speakers simply by tapping. HTC Watch 2.0 offers users a selection of movies to rent or buy, and these can be wirelessly beamed onto the big screen with HTC Media Link HD.

There’s also HTC Get Started, a new web-based wizard that guides users through set-up and personalisation of their new device.

Coming soon

The HTC One X+ will be available in Europe from November 2012.

HTC has also confirmed rumours that Android Jelly Bean upgrades for HTC One X and One S will be rolled out this month.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.