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HTC Asia launches One X in Singapore


The HTC One X is one of the Android smartphones that was announced at the Mobile World Congress last month. And today, the phone has officially landed in Singapore.

The HTC One X features a a polycarbonate unibody that has a unique matte exterior at the rear, while the sides are of a glossy "piano" finish. Because of its unibody design, the phone battery is not removable, and the micro-SIM card tray is at the top; together with the 3.5mm audio jack and power button. On the left is the microUSB connector while the volume controls are on the right.

The phone sports a 4.7-inch 720p touchscreen display with durable Corning Gorilla Glass, has three touch-sensitive buttons below the display (back, home, and recent apps) as well as 1.3-megapixel front camera and on the rear, an 8-megapixel with LED flash that can record videos at full high definition 1080p resolution. It is equipped with the new 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor and runs Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The company has incorporated the latest HTC Sense 4.0 UI that offers improved user experience, though it has "quietly" removed the People Hub and OnLive apps. HTC has also improved their Music Hub as it is now a one-stop place for your playlist as well as online streaming radio stations; you can add your favorite streaming sites to the list too.

The camera function has also seen some advancements. In capture mode, both the camera shutter and video record onscreen buttons are available immediately rather than the need to switch between modes. According to HTC, even when you are already in video recording mode, you can still choose to snap still images at any time, though the image resolution will be that of the video. The camera can also shoot in continuous burst mode, up to 100 images at a time.

The HTC One X has a suggested retail price of S$898 (before contract), and will be in stores from 2 April. The model that is selling here is not 4G-capable; the 4G version will only be using dual-core processor and there is no news as to whether it will come to Singapore. (Not that Singapore has widespread 4G network yet).

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