HTC One Or HTC One X ? Australian HTC Comparison

HTC One Or HTC One X – Summary

Choosing whether to get yourself an HTC One Or HTC One X ? Choose fast. HTC have had the HTC One X in market for over a year now and it’s unlikely to stay much longer. Especially with an upgrade being released.

Key improvements available on the HTC One, which weren’t on the HTC One X include :

  • An all metal body which looks higher quality and more visually appealing than anything else in market
  • Useful software to edit your pictures and video clips together ( Zoe ),
  • A homepage app which collates everything you find interesting and sticks it at the tip of your finger ( Blinkfeed )
  • A better camera
  • Loudspeakers which actually work

In fact, the HTC One is an upgrade to almost every component of the HTC One X.

Despite a terrible and confusing naming convention, HTC have nailed it with the 2013 HTC One. In the opinion of WhatPhone, at launch ( and including the Samsung Galaxy S4 ) the HTC One is the best 2013 Android handset. You can read more about each of these differences below.

HTC One or HTC One X

ProcessorQuad CoreQuad Core
Processor Speed1.5 GHz1.7 GHz
Screen Size4.7 inches4.7 inches
Screen Resolution720 x 12801080 x 1920
Screen TypeSuper LCDSuper LCD
Unit Dimension134 x 70 x 8.9 ( mm )137 x 68 x 9.0 ( mm )
Weight130 grams143 grams
Internal Memory32 GB32 GB / 64 GB
Expandable Memory ?NN
Main Camera8 MP4 MP ( 'Ultra' )
Front Camera2.0 MP2.1 MP
Video Camera1080 23 FPS1080 30 FPS
Fastest Network Speed3G4G
Battery Standby400 HoursTBC
Battery Talk Time780 MinutesTBC
Operating SystemAndroidAndroid
SIM TypeMicroMicro


HTC One Or HTC One X – Almost Everything’s Upgraded

HTC hit some issues with the launch of the HTC One. It delayed them and, in the end, the Australian launch of the product was alongside the Samsung Galaxy in late April 2013. Since Samsung spend literally around 10 times as much on marketing as HTC, that was not a smart move.

And it’s a shame. The HTC One is an upgrade in most departments, to its predecessor. The following elements will be the same whether you buy an HTC One or HTC One X. There aren’t many.

  • Both are Quad Core Devices. The HTC One has a Quad Core 1.7 GHz processor. The HTC One X ‘only’ had Quad Core 1.5 GHz processors. Since the only time you’re likely to use your Quad Core capabilities is when you take a panoramic shot or edit video, you’ll find both devices fast and responsive to use. Don’t even think about this as a distinguishing factor between the products.
  • The HTC One ( 143 grams ) weighs 13 grams more than the HTC One X ( 130 grams. ) You won’t notice the difference.
  • Finally, both the HTC One and HTC One X Screens have Gorilla Glass 2, Super LCD screens which are 4.7 inches across the broadest diagonal.

HTC One Or HTC One X – Differences

  • The most important change is in the way the device looks.
    The HTC One X had a polycarbonate body. That doesn’t mean a lot to most people. From a user perspective, the HTC One X was and is a beautiful product to look at. It’s resilient when dropped but there’s enough friction when you hold it that hopefully you won’t.

    • The HTC One has been completely redesigned. It has an all in one metallic body. It’s still curved like the HTC One X but it looks more modern with machine drilled speaker grills at the top and bottom of the screen which catch and keep your focus. It’s genuinely the most beautiful Android on the market at the moment.
  • The screen resolution has been improved from 720 x 1280 on the HTC One X to full, genuine, like on your plasma screen 1080 x 1920 resolution on the HTC One. This takes us over the capability of the human eye in terms of pixel density. The HTC one has 468 PPI resolution versus 312 PPI on the HTC One X.
  • The core Android Software remains the same.
    The One X runs ICS or Ice Cream Sandwich. The HTC One runs Jellybean ( a more recently released version of the Android OS ). However, Sense 5.0, the HTC overlay on top of Android has been cut down to size. HTC’s software on the HTC One keeps the look that for many is a feature of HTC products but removes a lot of the unnecessary elements that bloated previous versions.
  • HTC have also added a number of features to the HTC One which are not present in the HTC One X.
    In a world where ‘there’s an app for that’, coming up with several genuinely useful software features is no mean feat and HTC have managed it.
  • The HTC One had Social Aggregation software built in called Friendstream.
    extends and renames the capability. Blinkfeed collates news feeds, including social elements if you want them, in to your homepage. You’ll get an aggregated newsfeed to keep you up to date with the things you love. Some people in the WhatPhone office found this an overwhelming amount of information at first. However, given that people’s real life use of the apps on a phone these days is to flick around Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter and surf the web, if you think about it, you’re probably getting that much information anyway. This is just more convenient.
  • Zoe, named, HTC say, after the Greek for ‘Spiritual life’ automatically edits together a bunch of pictures you’ve taken with short videos you’ve taken, or which your HTC One cleverly stole when you snapped an image. It’s great.
  • One of the most marketed elements of the upgrade from HTC One to HTC One X is the camera.
    The HTC One X had a perfectly adequate 8MP happy snapper. The HTC One has upgraded it to a 4MP version. To most people, that sounds like a downgrade. The HTC marketing team tell you that the HTC One has UltraPixels, not MegaPixels. Unlike most marketing, this is a real benefit. The HTC One has image sensors which let in more than 300% extra light. There’s also clever software to reduce noise on images taken and a gyroscopic OIS ( Optical Image Stabiliser. )To you and me, means the lens auto adjusts to hand shake. In short, you’ll take better pictures, especially when there’s not a lot of light about.
  • Portable power has been improved from an 1800 mAH battery in the HTC One X to a 2300 mAH version in the HTC One. That’s a 27% improvement. And the HTC One’s battery was more than sufficient for a day’s use.
  • The HTC One is, of course 4G / LTE enabled.
    The HTC One was 3G in it’s original version although HTC later released the HTC One XL which was 4G capable. 4G is great. It’s faster wireless network access and you will prefer it to 3G. You’ll get a faster web browsing experience and smoother downloads of heavy files which, to most people, means a slicker YouTube experience.

HTC One Or HTC One X – HTC’s Flaws In Both

The usual complaints about HTC devices can be made about the HTC One. They’re not trivial flaws but they’re worth considering. If these things are important to you, make sure you compare the HTC One against some other devices on the WhatPhone site.

  • No removable back on the device means no interchangeable, upgradable memory. It also means you can’t swap the battery out if it should go wrong.
  • Whether it’s the HTC One or HTC One X that you choose, there will be no physical camera button and the on / off switch is on top of the device. Both of these things are inconvenient. The on / off button being atop the phone might sound trivial – but wait until you have to use it 30 times a day.

HTC One Or HTC One X – Final Diagnosis

So should you get the HTC One or HTC One X. The answer is probably yes. They’re both great phones. The HTC One X was one of the best Android handsets of 2012. Literally almost every component has been improved to bring you the HTC One. It’s the best phone so far in 2013.

Flaws considered, the only reason you might like to consider the Galaxy S4 is the Super AMOLED screen that Samsung offer. My preference is for the bolder, brighter colours that Super AMOLED provide and I tend to ignore the negative effects it sometimes has on battery life.

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.