HTC One XL review: HTC One XL

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Excellent Super LCD display. 4G network speeds. Great performance.

The Bad Non-replaceable battery and storage. Only average multimedia playback options. Battery life not suitable for business use.

The Bottom Line The One XL is just like the One X, but with 4G network speeds. It also benchmarks faster, though it is similarly held back by its battery life.

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Because this model is identical to the One X, we'll keep this review brief. There are a few key points of difference to draw reference to, but we'll try not to repeat ourselves by covering everything else. Check out the HTC One X review here for more detail about the phone's design, multimedia features and the updated Sense user experience.

Of this year's swag of 4G variants, the One XL is a stand out. Unlike the Galaxy S2 4G , with last year's hardware, the One XL is also one of HTC's flagship smartphones for the year. A 4G phone with the best of this year's tech? Sounds like our kind of phone.

Design

The differences between the One XL and the One X are all below the surface. Physically, these phones are identical — save for the fact that the One XL comes in a charcoal grey, while the One X is white. They both have the same dimensions, including slim 8.9mm depth and matching 129-gram weights with the battery installed.

Most importantly, the one XL has the same outstanding LCD display that we saw when we reviewed the One X. Colours are vibrant, blacks are deep and images look sharp, thanks to the 1280x720 pixel screen resolution.

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Where to Buy

HTC One XL

Part Number: CNETHTC One XL

Typical Price: $799.00

See manufacturer website for availability.