As expected, in the days leading up to MWC 2012 in Barcelona we’ve been expecting to see some major leaks and announcements. Today is not different.
We’ve recently received word that a Greek website by the name of FullGSM.gr has leaked images and specs of the HTC OneX. Taking a look at these pictures and specifications we are coming to realize that HTC has really gone all out and that the OneX is likely what was previously known as the HTC Edge.
The HTC OneX first of all, is only 9.29mm thick at its thickest point. It also sports a 4.7" Super LCD2 multi-touch screen with 720P resolution (1280×720) and 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass to protect it. Unfortunately, it looks like there won’t be any OLEDs in this model, but we’re hoping that future models will sport OLEDs to enable better battery life and an even thinner form factor. The phone is expectedly powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor running at 1.5GHz. What is interesting about this fact is that the ASUS Transformer Prime only runs at 1.3GHz, which may indicate that HTC is actually trying to outperform tablets and all other competition with a higher than expected clock speed. In addition to that, the Tegra 3 already carries NVIDIA’s new 4-PLUS-1 marketing marketingbabble which really just indicates that there are 5 cores with one being a lower power core.
The OneX isn’t visually stunning, but it does feature Sense UI and Android 4.0
The OneX will also come with 32GB of drive capacity and only 26GB of that available to the user, which we certainly find quite curious. The OneX will also have 1GB of RAM, which we would expect from any current generation Android flagship phone. The one interesting thing is that HTC is also including 25GB of DropBox storage for 2 years with any HTC OneX device. In addition to that, this phone will sport a huge 1800mAh lithium polymer battery, which we believe HTC recognized as a necessity since many of their previous flagship devices have suffered from poor battery life relative to their competition. The OneX will obviously feature Android 4.0 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) in conjunction with HTC’s Sense 4.X which appears to have remained mostly unchanged since our last encounter with the Amaze 4G.
The OneX model that has leaked to us is actually a GSM model, so we’re not sure whether or not HTC has an LTE version lined up yet, but we’re fairly confident that they will. There’s actually a good chance that their LTE model will sport Qualcomm’s MSM8960 as that is a high performance dual-core processor with LTE baseband built in. This will deliver a high level of performance that HTC expects to deliver to its customers while also enabling good battery life in conjunction with LTE connectivity. But we could be wrong and HTC could stick with NVIDIA on all of their flagship devices this year, which could deal quite a heavy blow to Qualcomm.
HTC is also putting an extremely heavy amount of focus (no pun intended) on the camera of the OneX.
That aside, the OneX will also feature an 8 megapixel ‘smart flash’ camera with a 5 variable power LED flash. The camera module itself is also capable of this awesome feature called ‘Dual Shutter’ which enables the user to both capture HD video and take pictures simultaneously. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to take a picture of something while recording a video. HTC makes it much simpler for users now, so they don’t have to go back to the video and capture a screenshot.
In addition to the dual shutter, the OneX’s camera will feature a wide f/2.0 aperature and BSI sensor which improves the ability of the camera to capture light which amounts to significantly improved sharpness and low-light performance. The lens of the OneX is a 28mm wide angle lens, which we’re interested to see them mentioning as very few phone manufacturers have actually put any thought into what angle lens they should be using. There is also a dedicated HTC ImageChip which they claim results int clearer, sharper shots… once we get one in hand, or once iFixit tears one down, we’ll have to see what chip that may be. The camera is also capable of burst firing at 5FPS, which is actually pretty impressive for a smartphone, but once again we’ll have to try it out to see how well it performs at full resolution.
On top of all those unique features, the OneX will have face detection, geo-tagging, and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for videochatting. The phone will also be equipped with Beats Audio, dual-microphones for noise cancelling, A/B/G/N Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0 (surprised its not 4.0).
Overall, looking at these specifications we can say that we’re very excited to see this phone launch and are expecting to get one in our hands to review relatively soon. Everything about this phone is promising and we’re really hoping it comes out soon so we can try out all of these new features and potentially an LTE version.
Now that the phone has become official, HTC has confirmed all details regarding the HTC One X as well as the fact that it will indeed come as an LTE phone for AT&T in the US.
Image Credit: FullGSM.gr