news Optus has announced the availability of online pre-orders for the HTC One X Android smartphone. Booking started on March 20th for delivery in metropolitan areas on April 2nd, and regional areas on April 4th. Optus subsidiary Virgin Mobile has also announced the imminent arrival of HTC’s flagship model in Australia, posting “check back early April for updates” on its website.
The handset would be available on a range of plans including a $0 upfront option on the $59 Optus Cap Plan for consumers and Business Complete Plan for businesses, at a minimum total cost of $1416 over 24 months. Optus consumer customers on this plan would receive $750 of included value, 2GB mobile data, unlimited standard national SMS, and access to social networking, within Australia. Business customers would receive, additionally, unlimited voicemail access, plus free intra-fleet calls to other Optus services on the same account.
As an added incentive, consumer customers who pre-ordered the HTC One X handset on a 24-month plan would be given two months free access fee, while business customers would receive the three months free access fee. Optus’ plans for the HTC One X are available on its website. Virgin Mobile plans for HTC One X also offered a $0 upfront option on a $59 per month Fair Go plan with $700 credit for calls, text & rollover (unused credit rolled over to the next month) and a monthly data plan of 3GB.
HTC One X was Taiwanese gadget giant HTC’s top-end model of the One range which the company had unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. The handset features a polycarbonate unibody design, was lightweight, and powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 CPU, with a 1.5GHz Super 4-PLUS-1 quad-core processor and an integrated fifth Battery Saver Core. The HTC One X runs the new Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0) edition of Google’s Android operating system.
To keep the phone’s graphics up to speed, it uses a 12-core NVIDIA graphics processing unit. The screen of the One X is a 4.7″ touchscreen running at a high definition resolution of 720p, and uses Corning’s Gorilla Glass material.
In its media release, Optus promised that HTC One X would lift the smartphone game to a new level with its ‘amazing camera that was faster and better.’ The HTC ImageChip allows for photography in adverse conditions of lowlight, no light and bright backlighting. The camera also capture video and still images simultaneously. The phone offers an ‘authentic’ sound experience across all multimedia and comes with a built-in HTC Sync Manager software which allowed for easy transfer of songs from users’ music libraries.
PC World Australia had reported last month that the HTC One XL, would launch in Australia through Telstra, since it was the only mobile carrier, currently, that supported 4G.
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