HTC EVO 4G LTE Versus HTC One X: Which $199 Smartphone is Better?

By Johnny Wills | May 13, 2012 04:50 PM EDT

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The two HTC heavyweights are here - EVO 4G LTE and One X. The One X appears to be the best smartphone from the Taiwanese mobile giant, but the specs of EVO 4G LTE strongly poses a challenge.

AT&T is currently offering One X for $199 on 2-year contract, while Sprint's EVO 4G LTE is hitting stores on May 18 with the same price tag.

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Both the HTC smartphones looks identical and boast almost same specs. Which $199 smartphone is better? Let's find out.

Design

The Taiwan based mobile major has put many thoughts into EVO 4G LTE and One X. The front side of both these phones is almost same.  However, looking at the back, you will notice the difference. The EVO 4G LTE has red accent and an additional kickstand at the back. Also EVO 4G LTE is hair-thinner than One X, but when holding the phones in hand, you might never notice the difference in dimensions. It is a tie here. 

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Display

HTC has manufactured the two high-end smartphones with the same display technology. Both these phones sport 4.7-inch Super IPS LCD2 display with 720p resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass layer on the top.

Processor and Memory

In the U.S., both - EVO 4G LTE and One X - come with dual-core 1.5 GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. However, EVO 4G LTE takes advantage by offering microSD card slot that supports external memory card up to 32GB, taking the total storage capacity to 48GB.

Connectivity

HTC One X supports 2G (GPRS/EDGE), 3G (HSDPA/HSUPA) and 4G LTE networks. On the other hand, EVO 4G LTE is a CDMA device and does not support any GSM networks worldwide. The regular connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC are all the same.

User Interface

Being state-of-art Android devices, you will find Android OS 4.0 dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich on both these smartphones. There is nothing much to distinguish in the software section. Sense UI 4.0 and Beats Audio integration will give you the same feel.

Camera

Exploring the snapping capabilities, both these smartphones pack 8-megapixel camera with ImageSense technology, giving low shutter lags. Users can record HD videos and take still shots at the same time.

Battery

At last, we have found a department, where there is a difference between these two high-end HTC smartphones. The EVO 4G LTE packs a 2,000 mAh battery, while One X equips 1,800 mAh battery. EVO 4G LTE is expected to give better battery performance than One X.

Conclusion

Looking at the hardware specs, EVO 4G LTE turns out to be a better smartphone overall. Also, it will support high-quality HD voice calls between two HD Voice-powered smartphone users. However, we cannot declare EVO 4G LTE as the clear winner. Although EVO 4G LTE is a LTE-enabled smartphone, but the carrier's LTE network is not operational at the moment. On the other hand, AT&T offers better data speeds. EVO 4G LTE beats One X by a little margin, but the lack of 4G LTE network is also its downfall.

(reported by Johnny Wills, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)

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