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HTC One X is a quad-core ICS powerhouse in hands-on video

Rich Trenholm tackles the mighty quad-core, Ice Cream Sandwich-packing HTC One X in this hands-on video from MWC 2012.

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HTC has charged forth into Mobile World Congress this year with all guns blazing and a mighty quad-core monster at the helm. Rich Trenholm bravely went hands-on with its beastly new blower, the HTC One X, at the annual phone expo in Barcelona. You can take a good old gawp at it by hitting play on our video.

The One X sports a gargantuan 4.7-inch Super LCD screen -- not quite of Samsung Galaxy Note proportions, but still big enough to look and feel out of place in smaller-sized paws. For a hulking hunk of a phone, the One X is surprisingly light and slim and the soft-touch back is delightfully gentle on the palms.

An 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video adorns the back of the phone, and under the hood loiters that brutally powerful quad-core processor.

With competitors such as Huawei, LG and ZTE all proffering quad-core devices of their own at MWC this year, HTC has taken no risks in ensuring it makes the boldest of statements with the One X. Powerful innards and a bolshy design are topped off by loud and lairy Beats audio and a scoop of tongue-tingling Ice Cream Sandwich.

While the One X itself may be less than subtle, Sense 4.0, a new version of HTC's Android skin that sits atop the ICS software, is slightly more refined. Sense has always been a pleasing addition to Android, but the latest, pared-down version seems simpler and more user-friendly, with the 'Recent Applications' menu, appearing to be a particularly handy tool.

Another winning feature of the One X is that due to HTC's partnership with Dropbox, the phone will come with a free 25GB of Dropbox storage for two years.

If you haven't already, take a peek at the video above for a closer look at this Android monster, and keep yours eyes fixed on CNET UK for all the latest Mobile World Congress news.

Are you excited to finally see quad-core devices such as the One X, or is it unnecessary to pack so much power into a phone? Let me know what you think in the comments below, or over on our Facebook page.