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HTC One VX and One X+ for AT&T with Sense 4+ give the One series a refresh (hands-on)

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Gallery Photo: HTC One VX and One X+ AT&T hands-on pictures
Gallery Photo: HTC One VX and One X+ AT&T hands-on pictures

It was less than a year ago that HTC revamped its smartphone line with the handsome and well-performing One series, but now that the holidays are coming the manufacturer has seen fit to update a couple of its models in the form of the mid-range One VX and the top-end One X+. Both HTC and AT&T have already revealed the two devices — and we have spent a bit of time with the international variant of the One X+ — but now we're getting a closer look at both of these smartphones.

The One VX is the more interesting of the two phones as it features an updated design over the One V that it replaces. Its tapered and curved edges, as well as its inlaid black face fails to make the phone truly stand out, but it does remind us a little bit of the Nexus One, and even more of the One V. The phone feels very plasticy — don't be fooled by that gray bezel. The back plate is removable on this model, however, unlike the One V. When it comes to specs the device's 4.5-inch, qHD display does disappoint a bit, but it is a good sight better than the 3.7-inch, 800 x 400 display on the One V, and it's thankfully not PenTile. It's powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, has 8GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera, and it's relegated to Android 4.0 for the time being. Performance didn't disappoint.

The One X+, meanwhile, looks nearly identical to the One X before it, except it only comes in matte black with an excellent-feeling soft-touch finish. While the international version features angry red highlights to tip off its upgraded internals, AT&T's variant gets a globe logo front and center instead. You can see a full hands-on of the device here, but be sure to check below for some more photos of the AT&T variant of the phone, which is the same save for its LTE connectivity and carrier logo. The One X+ is thankfully running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it's skinned with what's now called Sense 4+. The skin slightly modifies camera and gallery controls, and Google Now is present.

Niether HTC nor AT&T will give us pricing or availability for the two phones, but the last we heard was that they'll be on shelves "in the coming months."

Dieter Bohn contributed to this report.