Today in the UK, HTC revealed what has to be their worst kept secret, the often-rumored HTC One X+.
The victim of endless leaks and counter-leaks, the HTC One X+ is, no surprise here, a souped version of the acclaimed One X. The device comes with several bumped up specs, including a faster CPU and GPU, 64GB of storage (nope, no microSD slot), and a beefier battery. For the full spec rundown, check out our earlier post here. On the outside, the new One X+ is virtually identical to its older brother, save for the new carbon black coating. No word on other paint schemes, which is a shame, especially when you look what HTC did with their Windows Phone lineup.
AT&T’s version of the LTE-equipped One X+ will come with a Tegra 3 processor, instead of the Snapdragon S4 silicon from Qualcomm that powered the original One X. That’s right, Nvidia finally managed to marry their quad-core chip with an LTE baseband chip, and not a moment too soon.
Overall, AT&T’s new HTC One X+ looks like a nice upgrade over the One X, but it remains to be seen how it will fare against vaunted competitors, such as the Galaxy S3, the Note 2, or the Optimus G.
HTC One VX coming to AT&T
Along with the One X+, AT&T also announced a brand new device that’s coming exclusively to their network. The One VX is a solid mid-ranger, that features a dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB or RAM, 8GB of storage space, a 5MP camera with ImageSense, and LTE connectivity. AT&T boasted that the One VX has the slimmest profile of any unibody smartphone, at 9.1mm in thickness.
Today’s press release doesn’t shed any light when it comes to the pricing and availability of the HTC One X+ and HTC One VX, but we are sure AT&T will want to have it in store by Christmas, and possibly by Thanksgiving. For now, the official guidance is in “the coming months”.
Check out the press release below for full details about the specs and features of AT&T’s One X+ and One VX. Is the new One X+ theOne for you?
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AT&T OFFERS NEW HTC SMARTPHONES FOR EVERY “ONE” THIS FALL
Announces Two New Exclusive Smartphones from HTC One Series, Shares Additional Details on New Windows Phone 8X by HTC
DALLAS, Oct. 2, 2012 – AT&T* announced today that its growing 4G LTE smartphone portfolio will soon welcome three new devices from HTC® – the HTC One™ X+, HTC One VX and the Windows® Phone 8X by HTC®.
Powered by the nation’s largest 4G network, all three HTC devices will access the AT&T 4G LTE network and are equipped with enhanced audio and video features, making it easier-and faster – for customers to stay connected and entertained while on the go.
New HTC One™ Devices Coming Soon
AT&T, the exclusive provider of the HTC One X, will add two more exclusive devices from the popular HTC One series – the HTC One X+ and the HTC One VX.
The HTC One X+ will be the first smartphone in the U.S. to feature HTC Sense 4+ and among the first smartphones for AT&T customers to operate on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) platform. HTC One X+ combines superior performance, longer battery life and more internalstorage with the iconic design of the original HTC One X, now in an exclusive carbon black finish. It will be the first AT&T smartphone to combine Android 4.1 and a quad-core processor.
A 1.7 GHz Tegra 3 NVIDIA quad-core processor plus a battery-saving fifth core will give customers a unique “4 + 1″ capability to save power using one core for everyday use and kicks into full quad-core mode for demanding apps, like video and gaming.
The HTC One X+ has a 4.7-inch, 720p HD screen and features a predictive-touch keyboard as well as voice recognition. The device also builds on the impressive 8 megapixel rear-facing HD camera of the HTC One X that can quickly auto-focus and zero in on a subject. Perfect for still shots or video, the HTC One X+ integrates the HTC ImageChip which reduces noise, removes color bias and enhances the overall picture quality and 64GB of internal memory is packed into the smartphone to store more high quality photos and video, music, movies and apps.
The HTC One VX is ideal for those looking for an affordable Androidsmartphone and a premium experience. The HTC One VX sports one of the slimmest unibody form factors in the industry at just 9.19 millimeters thin. The 4.5-inch display is laminated with scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass which aids in durability and reduces light reflection. A 5-megapixel camera, which goes from lock screen to shooting photos in under a second, offers continuous shooting at 4 frames per second. For those that can’t quite decide whether they want to capture the moment in pictures or video, taking a still from a video with Video Pic™.
Windows Phone 8X by HTC to Arrive in November
The new Windows Phone 8X by HTC will be the first-ever Windows Phone smartphone with built-in Beats Audio™ technology. Beats Audio By Dre delivers authentic, studio-quality sound and the unique audio amplifier powering the3.5mm audio jack and speaker boosts the signal for even better sound for music, video and even gaming, so you actually hear the music as it was intended. The 4.3-inch 720p HD display and 8 megapixel rear-facing camera allows you to capture and view great photos and video-even in low light.
“We have a long tradition of offering the best of HTC’s world-class products,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices and Developer Services, AT&T. “A quad-core One X+, the awesome One VX and the exciting Windows Phone 8X by HTC mean that our customers will have the best selection of HTC smartphones this season.”
“The HTC One X has been hailed as the best phone we have ever made, so our best smartphone just go better with the HTC One X+,” said Mike Woodward, president of North America, HTC. “And the family of HTC products at AT&T is expanding to give consumers more choice. Whether they want the latest Android smartphone or the new Windows Phone 8X by HTC, we give consumers an incredible camera, Beats Audio and lust-worth design in all our devices.”
Imaging, Audio and HTC Sense 4+ The HTC One series set a new standard for imaging with a camera that boasts amazing capabilities with VideoPic, the ability to take still photos and shoot videos at the same time, and one-press Continuous Shooting and better quality images in low light environments.
The HTC One X+ improves on the camera capabilities of its predecessor** with a series of intelligent features powered by HTC Sense 4+. The new Auto Portrait mode on the front camera helps you capture high quality photos by intuitively detecting the human face at various angles. Sightseeing mode makes sure you’ll always be ready to capture the moment, as only one touch of the power button bypasses the lockscreen and launches directly into camera mode. And two new ways to view photos and videos in the gallery allow you to display albums according to when or where they were taken.
Exclusively available on HTC smartphones including the HTC One X+, HTC One X and HTC One VX, Beats AudioTM provides authentic, studio-quality sound that delivers the spirit of the original recording, from crisper vocals and deeper bass to more immersive gaming effects and video. The HTC One X+ also makes it easier to listen to music out loud, and through Sense 4+, introduces a new Tap and Go function,which allows you to connect the phone and your music to Beats speakers’ when you tap them together***. To disconnect, it is just another quick tap on the speaker again.
The HTC One VX will run HTC Sense 4 with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. In the future, the original HTC One X and HTC One VX will be upgraded to HTC Sense 4+ with Android Jelly Bean andwill include the improved camera capabilities and new Tap and Go function found in the HTC One X+.
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network****, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.
AT&T customers can find the Windows Phone 8X by HTC in AT&T retail stores and online in November. The HTC One X+ and HTC One VX will be available in the coming months. More information about AT&T’s smartphone lineup is available http://www.att.com/wireless.