The rumored HTC Era 42 seemed like the perfect candidate to fall in line as the next member of T-Mobile’s G series of phones, but new evidence suggests the device will not be the successor of the G1 and G2, after all. The folks at TMoNews have been able to link the Era 42 to another rumored handset, the HTC One X+, which by all indications would coincide with a processor upgrade to NVIDIA’s Tegra 3+ chipset.
Likewise, rumors of an upgraded processor match up with a mystery HTC phone revealed in benchmarks earlier this month to carry a 1.7GHz quad-core processor. Other specs of that device, such as 720p HD display, suggest it is likely based around the current One X design, drawing further speculation that T-Mobile will soon receive a new version of the flagship device to join the already available One S. As the 42 in the Era 42 codename suggests, the phone would likely have access to T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network.
A leaked roadmap positioned the Era 42 for a late September launch. We’re not completely discounting the chance that T-Mobile may in some way brand this as a G phone (HTC G1 X?), and other rumors have suggested that it could launch with a stock version of Android installed. Given our already high praise of the One X, additional power and a stock OS can only make things better.