HTC got off to an early start Sunday night, on the eve of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

With acres of plastic sheeting still on the floors of the Fira de Barcelona Conference Center, ground zero for MWC, the world’s 5th largest phone maker used the event to launch its HTC One X phone. The sleek offering, HTC’s first with NVIDIA, is powered by the Tegra 3 mobile processor, the world’s only 4-PLUS-1 quad-core processor with a fifth battery saver core.

The packed press conference, with more than 500 attendees in a coliseum-size mall opposite Fira, kicked off at 9pm – not so odd in a city where dinner often doesn’t start until 10pm. It featured HTC’s CEO Peter Chou, who described the One X, which features Android Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 4.7-inch SuperLCD 2 screen with 1280×720 resolution and Gorilla Glass, 32GB inbuilt storage and an 8-megapixel camera, as a whole new way to record the world around us.

“You each have your own memory, interests and relationships that define who you are,” Chou said, speaking under a dome amid a multi-colored light show set to music. “These memories are key to who we are and how we chronicle our lives.”

He said the phone’s camera has a boot-up times of just 0.7 seconds and auto focuses in a mere 0.2 seconds, faster than the blink of an eye. Its image sensor is equipped with larger pixels, which allows it to collect more light, with the camera’s flash automatically adjusting to the distance of the subject.

The HTC One series, including the One X with Tegra 3, will be available, come April, through some 144 phone operators virtually worldwide.

We go hands-on with the HTC One X in the video below:

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1451575460 Marc Connell

    want.

  • David Reed

    Is this version going to be available in the US?  I’m thinking the only one with compatible cell radios is going to be the XL version (LTE on AT&T).

  • Anonymous

    Can’t even get the Tegra-3 version in the US??

  • Bill Conan

    I thought this was my next phone, waited for so long. Damn, no Verizon and Tegra version in US???? so disappointed.

  • Severyn Kozak

    HTC’s onex? [Very] Impressive. Though, I’d like to see the price tag; I can only imagine how quickly it’s going to fall flat on its face [on the market].

  • http://www.shaneebenzur.com Shanee Ben-Zur

    The Tegra 3 version will make its way to the US, but only our partners (phone manufacturers) can comment on actual timing and carrier availability.

  • http://www.shaneebenzur.com Shanee Ben-Zur

     Hi David, it will come to the US, but our partners decide carrier and availability timing. We can’t comment on that.

  • Bill Conan

    I’ll keep waiting then. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sazdosanjh Saz Dosanjh

    you just had to put it next to an iphone or a credit card so we can see how big it is. note: how good it feels when you rub the curved glass bit is not a “feature”, that kind of fawning pitch belongs in apple stores only.

  • Anonymous

    What about sprint Evdo CDMA

  • Anonymous

    So which one is more powerful, this one or the one with s4 processor??

  • Will Park

    The HTC One X powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 uses Tegra 3′s unique 4-PLUS-1 architecture to deliver not only best performance but also amazing battery life. The quad core CPU of Tegra 3 delivers up to 2x higher performance and helps bring  console class gaming experience to mobile devices in addition to delivering faster performance for tasks such as photo stitching, video editing, multi-tasking etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alif.je Alif Je

    which one is better from overall performance ??

    htc one x or LG optimus 4X HD??