HTC One X Hardware Failure Compromising WiFi Signal Strength

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HTC’s One X is no stranger to problems with its WiFi connection, and last month we learned of a software issue that was leading to problems with message notifications. While something like that is easily fixable via update, the situation’s very different when a problem is caused by issues with the phone’s hardware. Unfortunately, it now appears that the One X is also suffering from just such a problem, and one that’s again interfering with the phone’s WiFi connection.

The root cause of the problem is unclear, but what a group of One X users over on the XDA-Developers forums have managed to work out is that it results in a loose connection between the phone’s radios and the antennas used for WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

If you’re wondering if your One X suffers from this issue, you can test it out by giving the phone a squeeze on its back edge by the volume control. Doing so pushes the antenna connector back into place, and gives you a momentary increase in WiFi signal strength.

One X owners have come up with their own fixes for the issue, but all involve disassembly of the handset, and none are for the light of heart. HTC is aware of the issue, and has reps following the XDA thread, but we haven’t learned of any response it may be planning.

Source: XDA-Developers forum
Via: Mobile Syrup

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!