HTC AT&T One VX

Is it an improved One V in the One S body? Or a toned-down One S? Don't overthink it - AT&T's added a few tricks you'll want to check out either way

Hot on the heels of the global announcement (and AT&T's as well) of the HTC One X+ comes the HTC One VX, also for AT&T. This one's going to take a little explaining, so settle in.

First off, it looks a great deal like the HTC One S we've been enjoying for the past seven months or so. (For you Europeans out there, it'll probably be more akin to the Desire X we saw in late August.) It's been tweaked a little out front, mainly with an earpiece akin to what's on the One V. The rear's also moved to more of a unibody design, though like the One S, you won't be taking the battery out of this thing. The display has changed somewhat as well, moving up to a 4.5-inch (from 4.3 inches) Super LCD 2 at qHD resolution, or 540x960.

Under the hood is where things start to get really interesting. The One VX has a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8390) processor, so that's a slightly lower clock speed than the HTC One S, but faster (and a better platform) than the One V. It's got 8 gigabytes of on-board storage, and 1GB of RAM. 

And here's the kicker: HTC's managed to squeeze in a microSD card. And NFC. And a bigger battery -- 1810 mAh, up from the 1650 mAh on the One S. Plus, it's got AT&T's 4G LTE, HSPA+ and other cell bands you might need, along with 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi. Want FM radio? It's there, too.

See also: HTC One VX specs

And we haven't even mentioned the camera yet. The One VX has a 5-megapixel rear shooter. That's a lower resolution than the 8MP camera on the One S. But it's still go the f/2.0, 28mm lens. It's also got backside illumination (BSI) and does video in 1080p. The phone's also got a VGA front-facing camera, and the whole thing is controlled by HTC's ImageSense processor.

The whole package is a tad bigger (in all dimensions) than the One S, but not by more than a couple millimeters.

Let's talk software: The One VX is launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it will be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, same as for the One X and One S. Along with that, it'll get the update to Sense 4+, which brings a tightened user interface along with new camera modes, including Auto Portrait and Sightseeing, which speeds the shooting process by bypassing the lockscreen. There also will be new ways to view pictures and videos in the gallery.

What we don't have -- and unfortunately this is par for the course these days -- is a launch date or pricing. Stay tuned for that.

 

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Best of both worlds? The AT&T HTC One VX

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And since simplifying their lineup has worked out so well for them, they're clearly insane not sticking to that path...

Their biggest problem is not releasing models on all carriers. On one carrier, you can get the S but not the X or V, on another, you can get the X, but not the S or V, on another, you can get the X and the V but not the S. It's just a mess.

If this comes to T-Mobile, I think it'll be my next phone. I don't care about a non-removable battery, and with an SD card, this phone avoids the storage issue that faced the X and S. I don't care about the processor speed, my current single core 1ghz phone does everything I need.

Exactly what I came to post.

HTC: "Putting out a ton of phones (mostly carrier exclusives) has caused us to hemorrhage money, so we're going to concentrate on fewer, high quality devices."

*HTC introduces [ONE] line of phones to great fanfare, but carrier options are limited*
*Customers wait, hoping they'll bring those same 3 devices to all carriers*
*HTC releases 18 new phones in the next 6 months, 16 of which are only available on 1 carrier*

Customers: ???

Can someone please inform Samsung that putting 'Galaxy' on every phone yet folowing it with random letters /names/does not make for a simpler product line.
Oh, wait...you have a record profit???
How is that possible? I thought I'm a smart guy...

really nice design I think but only 1810 mAh and non-removable? How did Samsung squeeze so much into a Galaxy S3 and a 2100 mAh removable battery?

Sure, internal batteries can be bigger, but that's still in relation to the size of the phone. This is probably about the biggest battery that can fit in a phone of these dimensions. Just because it's internal doesn't mean HTC can magically fit a battery with more capacity than the S3's removable one into a space significantly smaller than the S3's dimensions.

Personally, I'm totally fine with an internal battery. I've disassembled enough small electronic devices (including smartphones) to know that if I had to, I could replace the battery easily enough. On the other hand, of all the smartphones I've had, including an iPhone, a Samsung and an HTC, their batteries have all lasted well past the time they were replaced and put out to pasture. Heck, my son is still playing with my almost 5 year old iPhone, and the battery still lasts days set on airplane mode. I just haven't found battery failure to be an issue.

Incoming.....rage.....fit...

HTC YOU'RE A COMPANY FULL OF STUPIDS! QUIT WITH THE EFFING CARRIER EXCLUSIVES! IT'S NOT HARD TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE GS3 IS WILDLY SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE THEY RELEASED IT TO ALL THE CARRIERS! HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE ONE X TO SAVE YOUR COMPANIES SLIDING IMAGE WHEN MOST OF THE POPULATION CAN'T BUY THEM?!? YOUR COMPANY IS FALLING INTO OBSCURITY BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN'T BUY YOUR PRODUCTS! HOW DO YOU PLAN ON BUILDING A POWERFUL BRAND NAME OR WINNING ANY MINDSHARE WHEN YOUR PRODUCTS ARE UNEVENLY DISTRIBUTED AMONG THE CARRIER'S? VERIZON AND SPRINT PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE "ONE SERIES" IS! THEY GET THE DUMBED DOWN INCREDIBLE AND SPRINT GETS THE EVO 4G LTE! WHERE'S THE BRAND NAME? AND YOU SEEM TO THINK THAT IT'S ANDROID THAT IS MAKING YOUR COMPANY FAIL SO YOU GO RUNNING BACK TO WINDOWS PHONE? YOU'RE FAILING BECAUSE YOU'RE MAKING STUPID DECISIONS. I USED TO LOVE YOUR PRODUCTS, NOW THEIR JUST FIXED MEMORY, FIXED BATTERY CRAP ON A CARRIER I AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE BECAUSE THEIR A BUNCH OF DOUCHES!

End of rage... Sorry, I'm awaiting ban or something...

Don't agree with your internet shouting or name calling, but I agree with your sentiment. I'm on VZW and have no plans on leaving my carrier. I'd love a One X or One S. Dinc4GLTE is nice but not up to "One" par.

Can someone please inform HTC that putting 'One' on every phone yet folowing it with random letters does not make for a simpler product line...

Can someone inform Doz here that a *Series* consists of *multiple* items.

People are amazingly dense these days. They've always had their existing lines - the Evo, the Incredible, etc. Just because they said they were going to simplify their product line doesn't mean they were going to can all existing product lines and replace it with the One series. And just because they said they were going to use the One series to simplify their lineup doesn't mean that the One *series* would only consist of one or two or even three phones.

Can you people stop complaining about *every* *single* *thing* that HTC does? If you don't like their phones... *DON'T BUY THEM*. You sound like a whining bunch of children.

We at this site might know what HTC is trying to do, but the average consumer does not. If someone was looking at a list of current HTC phones they have the One X, One XL, One VX, One X+, One V, One S, and who know what else they will come out with. Point is, most people will not know the difference, even more so because the naming scheme is just plain confusing. I am not bashing HTC, I'm trying to help them, a confused customer is more likely to give up on them and just pick up a free iPhone 4.

I don't understand. What makes this phone any different than the One X? Why would HTC bring out another phone to ATT that is the same as what they have now? Why is HTC making all these random phones? I guess I just don't get it.

Eww. The AT&T logo is horrible on the front. Ruins the look of the phone. Should have put it on the back. Where as the T-Mobile logo on my HTC One S blends in with the design. Either that or AT&T needs a new company logo.

Coming soon: The HTC One XS, SX, XV, SXV, XSV, VSX, XVS, VXS, SVX, V+, S+, and Q. You can find the XS, XSV, SXV, and S+ on AT&T, the SX, SVX, and XV on T-Mobile, the VSX and VXS on Sprint, the XVS and V+ on Verizon, and the Q (the one with stock Android 4.1, a hex-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a 16 megapixel camera, and is 1 mm thin) on MagicJack.

Carrier exclusives are good for carriers (or at least carriers think they are) and bad for manufacturers. HTC simply does not have the clout to push their brand onto carriers in the USA in the same fashion as Samsung or Apple.

Could. Not. Care. Less. HTC has burned me and other Amaze owners by issuing a phone that at least worked 90% under GB, then finally introed ICS => Broke WiFi (I can't connect at work to Cisco APs, some can't connect anywhere). Broke Bluetooth for some. Broke Android Beam (my Amaze just futz' around and grunts when I try to beam to a Nexus 7). My phone turns itself off regularly. Anyone else have a phone that just turns itself off, so you miss calls and messages and meeting reminders? Would such a flaky phone be worth $250 to you?

And I'm stuck with proprietary charge cables and MHL-HDMI adapter that won't work in anything else.

No more. Never again. HTC can kiss my lily white posterior. Their "simplified line" was all a smokescreen and marketing gambit that has turned out to be BS. Meanwhile, they broke existing customers' phones with mucked up software updates, and refuse to fix the issues. "Just buy one of our new wonderful phones." Sorry HTC, I'm shopping for one of Google's new wonderful phones, and you can take a long hike off a short pier.