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Last Updated: October 26th, 2012

I had a brief hands-on with HTC's newest Android devices here at MobileCON in San Diego; specifically, the One X+ and One VX, both of which are tied down to AT&T here in the US. And the one you're probably interested in, the One X+, comes in any color you like - as long as it's black.

Now, my hands-on was indeed brief, but as a One X owner, I largely knew where to go and what to look at, and I have to say - this thing runs smooth. I've never found my Tegra 3 One X especially slow, but the speed difference with the newest T3 chip (presumably, the T33 found in the Transformer Pad Infinity) and Jelly Bean is definitely noticeable. Aside from issues of time, my experience was also limited by a lack of any kind of web access, unfortunately, so putting Google Chrome or the Play Store through their steps wasn't exactly an option.

How about Sense 4+, though? As you may already know, the changes Sense 4+ has brought aren't exactly huge. Improved camera software, general performance enhancements, easy setup (obviously something I couldn't look at), and of course, Android 4.1. HTC's new notification center still doesn't include power control toggles, but it has received something of a visual makeover, with an oversized clock and a power-saver mode toggle (it can't be removed, which is annoying). Which is neat, I guess.

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Throughout the OS, HTC has dropped the green highlights in Sense in favor of a Holo-esque blue. I'm kind of ambivalent on that point - green looked good, but it was getting a bit stale. The new blue is OK, but it feels a little too neon-y for me. Other than that though, it's still basically the same Sense with a fancier camera app, Jelly Bean, and likely a whole pile of bug fixes and various optimizations under the hood.

A question you likely have about the One X+ is one of battery life. With an even speedier (and likely, hungrier) version of NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 chip and a discrete LTE radio in tow, the One X+'s 2100mAh certainly looks to have its work cut out for it. However, I was informed that, so far, HTC is quite optimistic about battery life figures for the One X+. A 50% increase in talk time over the original Tegra 3 One X is reported, and I was told light to moderate users could easily expect to make it through an entire day on a single charge. You also have that new power-saver mode to help you extract even more longevity.

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Pricing and release information, well, you know how that goes: some time soon and for some amount of money. I got the feeling that even though we'll only be seeing the beefy 64GB version of the One X+ here in the states, AT&T will price it aggressively. But the only real answer I got there was "cheaper than the 64GB iPhone 5." If I had to guess, though, I'd estimate sub-$300 (and I don't mean $299).

I spent even less time with the VX, and the design (similar to the international Desire X) is sleek and striking - descriptors I increasingly find myself applying to HTC products. They really do pay attention to how hardware looks - HTC doesn't build a plastic brick around a slab of silicon and call it a day.

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While the One X+ basically looks like the original (read: almost exactly), with the matching color of the rear camera "hump," and the lack of the sort-of-awful red accents on the international version, this phone is just kind of mean looking. I think HTC had a great design with the original One X, and with the One X+, the minor aesthetic changes seem only to have improved on the looks of an already gorgeous handset.

Anyway, we'll be seeing both of these phones on shelves in the near future, and we'll be getting reviews to you when that time comes.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    My god, the black version is beautiful.

    • Kenny O

      "That's what she said"

    • Guest

      But in all seriousness, that is one slick looking phone.

    • PINJ

      The Person In The Picture Isnt.

  • mesmorino

    If Samsung would only take some hardware design tips from HTC their phones would would look and feel so much better. Cheap plastic is cheap

  • D Nguyen

    I've love to get one but a last HTC can't seem to learn/figure out from Samsung that if you want to get in the most amount of hands/money/profit you release it on all carriers and not just one lame AT&T. I think the execs there have been smoking the same weed as T-MobileUSA.

    • Greyhame

      Agreed. Would love to be able to check one out.. alas.

      • btod

        Alas I too would like the one x+ however I'm verizon. HTC can't complain about poor sales when they release phones on one carrier only, especially when that carrier is apple's bitch. Alas...

    • gun2hd

      If only this was stock Android or HTC Nexus. They will never learn. HTC welcome to RIM world.

  • Greyhame

    One X-VEE?

    No, that's not confusing at all with their already released One X, One X+, and One V...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      I'm holding out for the One VX+.

      • Greyhame

        How did I not see this coming? Still laughed. =]

  • mauric

    Damn, i Love the looks of the One VX. Too bad it's not the top model. The best thing about the design is that it doesn't look as big as the one X (while it actually is)!

  • Guest

    Seeing as the One VX does not bear the AT&T branding would there be any hope for an international version?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      That is a early run engineering sample, you can't see in the photos (I don't think), but it has etching across the top that indicates as much. They don't put the AT&T logo on these sorts of early production handsets because they don't want people to A.) steal them and B.) to think they are an exact representation of the final product. So no, there's no particular reason to think the VX will go global. The Desire X is largely similar to it, so it wouldn't make much sense.

  • Mihkel Tiidus

    Seeing as the One VX does not bear any AT&T branding would there be any hope for an internatinoal version?

  • http://www.facebook.com/padraig.oraghallaigh Paddy O’Reilly

    The big question for me is, does the browser support WebDB/WebSQL this time (just like every other Android handset outside of the One series)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The big question for me is why don't you use Chrome for Android?

      • Tim Harper

        Chrome is terrible IMO. It runs terribly on my droid Razr. Scrolling is choppy and no flash support. The only reason I ever do use it is for your giveaways when I need the URL to my social network pages. (Desktop mode isn't reliable on the stock browser).

        • chlo1ber

          I agree. It's even worse on the One series, as it's got this strange bug that often you only get a blank page (fixed only by closing the tab and reloading the site).
          Chrome is great in many ways, but it also got many drawbacks. The usability isn't that great either. It's really annoying to get to your bookmarks (compare it to Dolphin, it's very easy there).

      • Mark

        Chrome crashes left and right on my AOKP JB ROM. Browser is very stable. I want to give Chrome a shot but it's frustrating when it crashes, and it doesn't just crash easy, the entire phone seemingly locks up, no response from anything, then a minute later a popup about it no responding comes up where you can close it or report. Until they make Chrome more stable I'm sticking with Browser, plus it has Flash Support (even though I'm on JB)

    • Geoff Johnson

      Then use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Dolphin, or any of the other popular browsers.

  • GazaIan

    "Throughout the OS, HTC has dropped the green highlights in Sense in favor of a Holo-esque blue."

    YYEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    • Fifth313ment

      All you do is change the theme and it will change the highlights to any color the theme is set to. I have the blue on my EVO LTE now. That's what I love about Sense is the customization options. I'm not happy about the power saver toggle, WTF HTC?! You can't add quick settings or power control toggle but you can add a permanent notification option which I'm never going to use!

      • chlo1ber

        They should have just made a small widget or something.

  • http://twitter.com/MrYuzhai *Certified_geek™

    this soooooooooo could have been the next nexus.. STUPID LG!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  • jaysann22

    its pretty sad that HTC hasn't implemented a better marketing strategy with the One X.... Having a carrier exclusive device is not good for sales. Even Apple figured that out....

    • Robert Jakiel

      Exactly. HTC wonders why their profits are tanking. Quick hint. Look at Samsung and how they have marketed and offered the GS2 and GS3. Now all you have to do is the same with the One X+ and One VX and all future flagships. I would happily purchase a One X+ on T-Mobile but now it's going to be a toss up between a Note 2 and the LG Nexus.

  • flosserelli

    If HTC wants to be a player the US market, they need to offer their top-tier phone on more than one carrier. I would have traded my GNex for a One X, but I'm not moving to AT&T's craptastic network for it.