There is already roughly everything written about HTC's new One X and One XL, including our own HTC One X and HTC One XL photoviews but one interesting aspect was left so far, because the European One XL is not yet on the market: How good is LTE on the European One XL? As you might remember, HTC and Vodafone announced earlier this week the upcoming European launch of the One XL and I had the chance to give it a short test on Vodafone Germany's LTE network prior official availability. The main difference between the One X and One XL is the used chipset. While the One X comes with a quad-core Nvidia CPU, the LTE-enabled One XL is featuring a Qualcomm dual-core CPU.
While it's said, that the One XL's LTE modem as well as Vodafone Germany's LTE network are supporting up to 50 Mbps, in my tests I reached downloads between 20 - 60 Mbps, uploads between 15 - 25 Mbps and pings between 55 - 75 milliseconds.
And here it should be mentioned, that the 20 Mbps were easily reached in a room full of journalists and bloggers, who all tested the One XL at the same time. The 60 Mbps were reached in the evening, when the network became less busy and therefore, this shouldn't be seen as the average but more as the best case, which nevertheless is reachable.
Doesn't matter if we are talking about the HTC One X or the One XL, both devices look the same and might be one of the best looking Android smartphones today. And in terms of the specs, both are top notch, really leading the Android market today! While the One X is a device for all of us, the One XL makes most sense in LTE covered areas (even if it has other advantages as well, like the better battery run-time due to the more efficient dual-core CPU) which makes it a little bit more expensive. However, the speed of the device as well as Vodafone Germany's LTE network is really impressive and can easily replace a DSL connection at home; especially because Vodafone allows tethering with its LTE plans.
I have to admit, that I'm really missing the review One XL, now after I'm back on HSPA+ "only". The combination of both, the HTC One XL and Vodafone Germany's LTE network was way too impressive!
Cheers ~ Arne