A big plus FOR THIS ONE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

A fol­low-up de­vice for a flag­ship smart­phone dur­ing the mid­dle of the prod­uct cy­cle is a new trend find­ing vogue with some com­pa­nies. HTC and Sony did it in the past by launch­ing the Sen­sa­tion XE and Xpe­ria SL as the re­freshed ver­sions of the orig­i­nal Sen­sa­tion and the Xpe­ria S, re­spec­tively. HTC has done it again by re­fresh­ing the specs of its flag­ship smart­phone, the One X, by launch­ing the One X+. But has HTC man­aged to suc­ceed and threaten its com­peti­tor is the ques­tion.

The HTC One X+ is the mir­ror im­age of the One X. We have a 4.7-inch dis­play on the front that is ac­com­pa­nied by three touch sen­si­tive keys – back, home and mul­ti­task­ing. The only dif­fer­ence here is the red tinge on the three keys that make them more vis­i­ble. Sim­i­larly, the mi­cro SIM slot is at the top near to the cam­era key. The red tinge on the touch sen­si­tive keys has been added to cam­era lens as well. The white poly­car­bon­ate uni­body has got a nice, soft fin­ish that makes the One X+ looks classy. The phone also has the HTC Sense UI on board. Hon­estly, it is really dif­fi­cult to spot the dif­fer­ence be­tween the One X and the One X+ in the first go.

Jus­ti­fy­ing the ex­is­tence of this fol­low up de­vice, the HTC One X+ has a 1.7Ghz quad-core pro­ces­sor over the 1.5GHz quad-core pro­ces­sor in the HTC One X. The en­hanced pro­ces­sor has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the over­all per­for­mance of the phone. The One X was fast, but the One X + feels even bet­ter. It even man­ages to beat the Sam­sung Galaxy SIII in the daily us­age as well as bench­mark tests. An­other rea­son for users to pick up the One X+ is the 64GB in­ter­nal stor­age. In ad­di­tion to the on­board stor­age, users get ac­cess to 25GB space on Drop­box.

The One X+ runs on the lat­est An­droid 4.1 Jelly Bean. It also re­places 1800 mAh bat­tery with a larger 2100 mAh that man­ages to last more than a day on an av­er­age use.

The One X+ has an 8MP auto-fo­cus still cam­era that man­ages to cap­ture crisp and clear im­ages. It was fun us­ing the phone’s cam­era as it man­aged to cap­ture a shot in less than a sec­ond and was ready for the next shot with­out any lag. We could even hold the cam­era key con­tin­u­ously for 15 sec­onds that man­aged to get over 50 con­sec­u­tive im­ages. We could con­trol ex­po­sure, colour sat­u­ra­tion and sharp­ness. Scene se­lec­tion on the cam­era in­cluded HDR, panorama and group por­trait op­tions. The One X+ can also be used for cap­tur­ing Ful­lHD 1080p videos.

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