HTC One XL Preview: HTC Has Confused Us All

HTC One XL Preview: HTC Has Confused Us All

About HTC One XL

A few weeks back, HTC revealed its new line of phones to the world in the form of the One Series. You have the HTC One X, HTC One XL, HTC One S and the HTC One V.
The HTC One V is the entry-level phone, the HTC One S is next in line, with the HTC One XL and HTC One X at the head of the pack. Both the HTC One X and HTC One XL have quite similar names, so you’d expect that both phones would be offering just about the same thing, barring minor changes, right? Wrong.

Specifications

While the HTC One X comes equipped with the latest and greatest 1.5 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor that has been touted as the future of mobile gaming and processing, the HTC One XL’s supposed Tegra 3 processor is conspicuously absent. What gives, HTC? Why does the One X have a quad-core processor while the One XL doesn’t?
The HTC One XL will ship with a 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor, and while it will still be quite fast, you have to wonder what HTC was thinking. And that isn’t the only noggin scratcher for those who have been looking at the phone market. The other confusing part of the XL was that HTC only tossed in 16 GB of space rather than the 32 GB of space that the One X has. Strange, indeed.
But other than these differences, you’ll still find that the One XL still has the massive 4.7-inch Super IPS LCD2 1280 x 720 screen and all of the key functions like the camera that the One X has, so it’s not a complete loss. You can expect the XL to ship at a reduced price point, which completely makes sense.
Hang on, though. The plot thickens. The One XL will have 4g capabilities (hence the L on the end), but the One X also has this. Why is this a selling point for the XL? Isn’t it fair to assume that new flagship phones would have a feature that everything in the past year has had? I think the marketing department is really grasping for straws now.

Should You Buy HTC One XL Or Not?

In the end, what you have here is an offering to please the class of customers who aren’t interested in quad-core technology and all of the other bells and whistles that come with the One X. While you’re missing out on the quad-core technology, you’re still getting a solid device for presumably much less.
My opinion? If you plan on entering into a two-year contract, you’d be an idiot not to get a quad-core phone to keep up with the times. Unless you really, really want to save a few bucks, absolutely go for the HTC One X if you’re looking to upgrade.

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  • Looks like Sensation happening all over again. Sensation XL was only a single core phone compared to Dual Core Sensation 4G

  • John

    The One XL has LTE so in countries like Australia it will be able to use their “4G” networks. The quad core tegra doesn’t yet have LTE built in, so they went with the dual core snapdragon which does. This avoids having to have a separate LTE chip which hopefully will improve battery power.

    • John

      Battery life, rather.

    • HTC One XL is of no use in countries where still the 4g technology is not there.

      • John

        Correct, it’s designed for LTE-enabled 4G markets.

  • First of all before flaming at HTC for not having a quad-core in XL check the specs on the dual-core Kreit … It’s at least on par with the Tegra3. As for the storage there are conflicting sources that suggest it might come with a 32Gb with 26Gb user accessable memory.