HTC's new flagship handset comes packing an 8-megapixel camera loaded with a backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor. The camera has also been tweaked to perform as fast as, or even faster, on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The company's CEO even took some potshots at Apple's iPhone 4S at its Mobile World Congress press conference, and made claims that the One X's camera is much better. Having gotten our hands on a review set, we decided to put this to the test.
Here's a sample shot of Jacqueline Seng's desk at our CNET Asia office. Note the warmer colors from the iPhone 4S.
HTC's One X has variable flash settings: the smartphone will automatically determine the amount of flash required for a shot, and in our tests, it seems that the One X provides a better fill. The flash of the iPhone 4S performs like a spotlight, which can be unflattering to your subject.
HDR is where the One X really shines. While the exposure is more dramatic compared with the iPhone 4S' conservative exposure bracketing, we liked the final result. If you enjoy taking HDR shots, the HTC will probably better suit your needs.
Caption by Aloysius Low and Timothy Fernandez/CNET Asia
For close-ups, the One X continues to show sharper images compared with the iPhone 4S' shots.
Overall, whether the One X or the iPhone 4S has a better camera boils down to individual preferences. The One X delivers sharper images at the expense of some noise, whereas the iPhone 4S delivers better colors and noise control.
Personally, the fast shutter speed and sharper images of the One X feel like the better option.