A high-performance phone packing a quad-core processor and Google's latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, HTC's One X remains haunted by old ghosts, with the plus-sized handset's poor battery leaving it one step short of smartphone greatness.
Quad-core processing, great rear-facing camera, sleek design, super sharp display, Beats Audio tech
Not ICS raw, poor battery life
Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm
Display: 4.7in touchscreen with 1280x720 resolution
Storage: 32GB embedded Flash memory
Camera: 8-megapixel camera
Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, HSPA
Operating system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
HTC's new flagship handset the One X, one of a number of quad-core devices set to hit the UK market this year, aims to repeat the success of the company's popular Desire smartphone.
Boasting a massive 4.7in screen contained within an attractive unibody chassis and packing the latest Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Google's Android operating system, if you're a fan of plus-sized handsets, the One X ticks pretty much all the boxes.
Since Mobile World Congress this year, quad-core smartphones have been the talk of the town and being the first HTC device to boast such processing prowess, the One X's 1.5GHz chip is one of its most curious features.
As you would expect from any device powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core chip backed up by 1GB of RAM, the One X is fast.
While we didn't really notice any difference in speed when compared to other high-end existing dual-core devices for general use, browsing the internet with multiple tabs open - something you can do using Google's Chrome web browser - and streaming high quality video's definitely felt snappier and more responsive.
In general, the One X makes good on the manufacturer's promise that quad-core processors would generally help multi-tasking and 3D gaming.
However, it's worth noting that unless you want to really get into 3D gaming on your smartphone - an area that the Google Play shop is still woefully understocked on - the addition is a bit ahead of its time, with developers not currently building products requiring quad-core spec.
The HTC One X runs using Google's latest ICS Android version, which adds a host of new features that help make the OS more user friendly.
What isn't so nice is the fact that HTC has added its own Sense 4.0 software to the mix, tweaking pretty much every element of ICS. HTC claims that Sense 4.0 has fixed its predecessors' power-hungry graphical flourishes - which it has worked to reduce - but the UI still feels a little busy compared to the vanilla ICS, being full of HTC widgets.
On the One X we noticed the occasional Sense-related unnecessary features, such as having to specify that we wanted to allow access to the disk drive after already clicking the connect button when linking the device to a PC.
That said, Sense isn't all bad and HTC has managed to improve the Android experience on the One X in certain areas.
Good examples are the changes HTC made to the software's native browser. For example, swiping downwards across the bottom of the One X's bezel brings up a useful mini menu granting you access to tabs, bookmarks and saved web articles. While not groundbreaking the menu is a nice touch.
However, the One X software's best addition remains Google's Chrome web browser.
Available free via the Google Play store, the browser is only available on ICS and is one of the best ways to surf the internet on any mobile device, offering unlimited tab browsing with a pleasing, intuitive card style interface.