I have not been very excited about the recently announced HTC One X+, and the reasons are not far-fetched. It looks to me that it isn’t anything significantly more than the One X with a more powerful processor. The One X has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, while the One X+ has a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor. Besides that (and the beefier battery), I don’t see any other significant difference.
The HTC One X+ has exactly the same size and design as the One X. Same display size and details. I can actually lie that I own a HTC One X+ and no-one would be able to tell, even if I place my One X side-by-side a One X+. Same RAM. Same camera. A better front-facing camera. Its 2100 mAh battery trounces the One X’s 1800 mAh power unit. It will run Android Jelly Bean, which the One X is getting this month. What exactly is the excitement about other than it is probably the most powerful quad-core smartphone?
I recently wrote an article titled, Do we really need more powerful mobiles? The HTC One X provides a very good case study for the point I raised in that article. Is the One X+ a real need?
Still, it needs saying: when released, the HTC One X is likely to be the new quad-core king, pushing back LG’s Optimus G. The latter packs a quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor. Titles, titles, titles. Sigh. It seems that’s all these mobiles are chasing these days. How about we look at what we do with them instead?
What You Do With What You Have
Since publishing a few articles in which I drooled over a couple of newly announced devices, I have sort of done a full u-turn: I do not want new devices. No; not even the Lumia 920. I am not going to be so excited about new devices unless they offer something truly revolutionary. After all, most existing devices are not being put to full use anyway. But don’t worry; I will write about them anyway, so y’all can drool.
At the moment, I am expecting my current everyday smartphone, the HTC One X, back from a trip to the service centre. See The HTC One X’s Hips Don’t Lie for some details. When it gets back, I have plans to put it to some really productive and exciting use. After I am satisfied that I am truly getting the maximum value out of it, and I perceive that it is no longer capable of meeting my needs, perhaps I shall consider an upgrade to the One X+ or some other more powerful smartphone.