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Now that the One X+ is good and official, HTC has posted a short walk-through of some of their thinking behind the design of their latest smartphone. There's not much said that isn't told through the sketches they've posted, other than obvious stuff like they were aiming to "create a smartphone you wanted to hold and use everyday". HTC does hint, however,that they're going to produce a longer series about the design process, which would be pretty nice. They did up an excellent video for the launch of their latest Windows Phone, and some similar content for Android devices would be great.

For those of you just tuning in, the HTC One X+ is a shaping up to be a great new Android handset hitting Europe this month. 

  • 1.7 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 64GB of internal storage in the UK, other markets may vary
  • 4.7-inch laminated SuperLCD2 display at 720p (1280x720) resolution with Gorllla Glass 2
  • Internal speaker with built-in amplifier
  • 8.0MP rear camera with BSI sensor, f/2.0 lens and HTC ImageSense
  • 1.6MP front-facing camera with HTC ImageSense
  • HSPA+ 42Mbps connectivity in Europe, LTE connectivity in the U.S.
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC support
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS with HTC Sense 4+
  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 135 grams with battery

What would you guys like to see in future HTC behind-the-scenes content? Personally, I think it would be really interesting to see some scrapped prototypes and hear from the designers and product managers why the kept certain aspects but ditched others. 

Source: HTC Blog


Reader comments

HTC shares some One X+ design sketches


No, what you have to que the rants about:
1) non-removable battery rant (because removable batteries are "lifesavers")
2)microsd support (because you can't leave your house without your entire music and porn collection).

Should be arriving in 3, 2, 1...

Meanwhile we still have computers like the Chromebook that, SSD or not, have a measly 16 GB of storage space. Yes, storage. Not RAM.

True story. There's nothing attractive about whining like that. 64 GB is more than you should need, and the 2100 mAh battery combined with a newer, more efficient Tegra 3 chipset should last you the day with normal use.

Pogo pins back toward the bottom for upright desk-dock. More like Nexus One?
Bigger battery. Only 5 grams heavier.

But on the other end of the phone...

I meant to say pins on the other end of the phone than the One X. My fingers typed something else.

However, even that assumption is wrong, it was based on the drawings).
Alex's Hands On review
shows actual pictures that have the pins in the same place as the one x.

Could you do a review of the rear speaker as compared to the SIII, One X, and iPhone 5? I'd love to hear the difference in how the speakers compare.

No, their intention for a new phone comes with the "One X 5" that is supposed to be a Nexus device. This new phone is simply a small bump up, hence the plus. I have the Evo LTE, so I already have the battery, but what I really would like is the amplifier on the speaker. It's just not loud enough(stock).

True. But at least this is the *improved* Tegra 3 with smaller dieset, so it should be more battery-friendly than the old Tegra 3. This is not mentioned at all in the article, above.

Now, will it be as fast as the S4 chip, overall? Perhaps. Will it be as battery-friendly? I have no idea.

I really want a phone with a big 3000-4500mAh battery, so HTC couldn't do. I had to go with Samsung S3 since it has a removable cover that lets me get a larger battery. The phone is actually still pretty thin with that battery since you start out with something that's already pretty skinny.

I'd like to know how HTC justifies NOT choosing a removable cover for their phones or NOT making phones with large batteries like the DROID RAZR MAXX series. It's fine to claim an "all day" battery, but if your day starts early, or you have a late night, HTC just can't cut it.

>"It's fine to claim an "all day" battery, but if your day starts early, or you have a late night, HTC just can't cut it."

Almost every review and discussion I have seen shows the USA One X and Evo LTE as easily lasting all day, regardless of how you define "all day", and that is with pretty heavy use.

The International One X, with the MUCH slower and less efficient previous Tegra 3 chipset was probably hurting without a quickswap battery. But that should be fixed now with the revised Tegra 3 in the One X+.