The HTC One X is officially available today with contract offers from DiGi, Celcom, Maxis & U Mobile. We brought all 4 telco plans side by side and compared the total cost of ownership for easy reference.
For DiGi, their DG Smart Plans bundles only data which means that all calls and SMS made are charged separately. For comparison sake, we looked only at the minimal cost which is based on assumption of data usage only without any calls/SMS made. On Maxis, the bundled plans are based on bolt-on data plans on top of postpaid plans. For this comparison, we based on our calculation on Maxis’s Value First postpaid plan of RM30/month for voice and SMS.
For Celcom, all 3 plans come with bundled talk time, SMS and data while for U Mobile, it varies depending on plan. U Mobile’s U28 comes with free SMS while U58 comes with bundled voice calls. It’s highest U88 plan comes with both voice calls and SMS.
UPDATE: HTC is throwing extra promotion for beatssolo (RM499) & urbeats (RM199) at their Pavilion, KL roadshow.
The HTC One series is officially available in Malaysia with IMCC accepting orders right after midnight. The One X is officially priced at RM2,099 while the One V is priced at RM999 and will be available at participating stores and dealers today onwards.
For those that are looking for a good pair of headphones to go along with the beats audio enhanced HTC One X, there’s a special combo that includes the Solo Beats by Dr. Dre for RM2,998. The Solo Beats itself cost RM1,199 but it is offered at a discounted price of RM899 when bundled with the HTC One X. That’s RM300 extra savings.
During the media preview, HTC has shared that the beats audio enhancement for the One series now runs everywhere across all multimedia apps on the device. It is no longer restricted to its own apps but it also extends to YouTube, 3rd party video players, online radio and music players.
In case you didn’t know, HTC is doing a roadshow for the HTC One series at Pavilion KL today (2nd April) until 8th April. If you plan to sign up with a plan, the telcos including DiGi will be there as well.
The HTC One X is HTC’s range topping model from the HTC One series. Powered by a 1.5GHz Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, this is the first quad-core Android smart phone to hit the market and at an attractive price tag of RM2,099.
Looking at the device at the first time, the white HTC One X appears to be cheap with its plastic looking body. However just like the Nokia Lumia 800 / N9, the HTC One X is made out of polycarbonate which gives it a nice feel in the hands. The polycarbonate body is rather solid and during the launch, they even have a demo of being being tortured without any sign of cracking. Having a unibody design, there are no visible screws and the only visible slots are micro-USB at the sides and the microSIM tray at the top. Unfortunately the 1,800mAh battery is non-removable and there’s no expansion microSD slot.
Looking at the top of the phone where the speaker phone is located, HTC has incorporated some micro hole design. The holes are so fine that it resists water droplets from entering the phone. They did the same for the speaker phone at the rear. When we run through our fingers on the micro holes, it feels smooth with barely any feeling of a typical speaker phone.
In terms of display, the HTC One X comes with a vibrant 4.7″ Super LCD 2 display that pushes 1280×720 HD resolution. For added protection, the screen is toughen with 3D Gorilla glass due to its curved glass design at the edges. Images and text turn out sharp and crisp while the white displays appear slightly yellow in tint. This is more obvious when placed side by side with a Super AMOLED display smart phone like a Galaxy Nexus.
Powering the device is a 1.5GHz 4-Plus-1 Tegra 3 processor which makes it rather snappy. In our earlier media preview, a HTC rep has shared that all 4 cores will be running during intensive usage however to save on battery life, processing will be switched to this “extra core” where it handles basic operations during idling. As a result, the HTC One X claims to have 60% better battery performance than the HTC Sensation.
As demonstrated earlier, the HTC One X’s 8MP camera is amazingly quick. It is capable of shooting at 4FPS up to a total of 99 photos continuously. Mind you that the burst photos are taken at its full 8MP resolution and are saved individually on separate folder for each burst. This makes it easier to organise instead of having all photos being saved on the same folder.
Overall, the HTC One X is an amazing device not just because of its cutting edge hardware but how the hardware is so completely and seamlessly integrated with the Android OS. The skin is very much improved with HTC Sense and we like the little touches that it bring.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on the quad-core HTC One X, an online retailer SuperBuy has started accepting orders for as low as RM1,999. That’s RM100 less than the expected RRP of RM2,099.
In the Q&A section, the retailer reveals that their HTC One X is an original unit from SIS distribution with 2 years warranty. Stocks are expected to arrive next week and they do provide free shipping.
The HTC One series will be launched regionally tomorrow with Malaysia launch happening on Monday. We are expected to get a hands-on with the HTC One devices tomorrow and if you have any questions, do tweet to us at @soya_cincau.