The first of HTC’s next generation of phones has arrived in Australia, with the HTC One X launching to local carriers this week.

Powered by a similar processor to the one powering the excellent Asus Transformer Prime tablet, the HTC One X features a 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 with a 12-core graphics processor, 32GB storage, and Google’s Android 4.0, potentially bringing tablet performance to a handset that features a 4.7 inch screen.

The new phone looks to dramatically improve on HTC’s other large-screened handset, with the One X taking advantage of the same 4.7 inch screen size seen on last year’s Sensation XL, but with a 1280×720 (720p) resolution, effectively offering razor sharp clarity at 312ppi, close to what Apple offers in the iPhone 4S.

HTC looks to be providing a solid camera experience in the One X, with the rear 8 megapixel camera featuring a smart LED flash, better performance in low-light, and an f/2 lens, something few digital compacts offer. Video can be captured at 1080p and HTC says that images can be trapped at 4 frames per second for up to 99 continuous shots.

Some of HTC’s other staples are here, including the HTC Sense overlay to Android – now at version four – as well as an aluminium unibody, integration with Dropbox, DLNA, and the Beats Audio to make music sound better.

We should have a review along shortly, but until then, you can find the HTC One X on Vodafone, Optus, and Virgin Mobile, with Telstra availability in the coming months.