[MWC 2012] Last night I had the opportunity to briefly get my hands on the highly awaited HTC One X, the latest flagship Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone from HTC that runs NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The 4.7” Super LCD2 display with a 720p HD resolution made of Corning’s Gorilla Glass delivers a highly contrasted and vivid image, which is on par with the image quality delivered on the Samsung Galaxy Note, and slightly less saturated since it is not an AMOLED.

The design is sleek and elegant, and the body offers a high quality build which does not feel plasticky compared to the new Huawei Ascend D Quad that runs a proprietary 1.5Ghz quad core processor with a 16 core GPU.

I tend to have a preference for the HTC One X white version – we got a demo with the black version in the video –  however, I personally slightly prefer the Sony Xperia S form factor, the transparent bar at the bottom conveys a unique and beautiful twist to the device.

The user interface is fast and fluid across the Operating System (note that we could not test it deeply) and it gets HTC Sense 4.0 with a cool 3D navigation in the application section (see picture above).

The ultimate feature on this phone is the 8 MP rear facing camera that offers options only found on compact cameras, such as super fast lens with a f 2.0 aperture, fast AF (0.2 seconds), fast shutter speed (0.7 seconds). The smartphone is able to shoot still images while capturing a video; I got a demo of this capability (check the video) that is usually available in compact cameras only. Additionally, the LED “Smart Flash” gets 5 auto adjustable power levels, to help prevent photos from looking too washed out, unfortunately I did not get the time to try it.

HTC created a specific interface for in-car usage, check the video and the photo gallery to see it live. I have not had the opportunity to check the audio quality with the beats integration  and the enhanced noise reduction with the dual microphones, I am sure we will get a review unit soon to give you more insights on that side.

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