Leading up to Mobile World Congress, HTC had the most buzz. They delivered a smartphone worthy of the hype with their One X flagship announcement. Initially the device will be exclusive to AT&T in the United States, but this is HTC’s premier smartphone. We know they want it on as many carriers as possible. This week we did some digging around, and now we have the first details on other versions headed to the United States. Read on for the full rumor report.
The HTC One X smartphone will launch on Sprint and T-Mobile this summer. Like AT&T’s variant, Sprint’s version will also use the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with integrated LTE. T-Mobile will go with the quad-core Tegra 3 processor that supports HSPA+, similar to the global version of the device.
We don’t know the final name of the Sprint version, but it is believed to be a part of the EVO family. Rumored names include the EVO LTE, EVO HD and EVO 3. T-Mobile will call their version the G4x and it will offer stock Android 4.0 like their other G-series devices.
Both devices should be announced at CTIA in May.
Evan Blass of Pocket Now is the source of the Sprint rumor. If you are not familiar with Evan, he started blogging with Engadget back in 2005 and has become the number one insider for HTC leaks. Check out previous Evan Blass stories for a history of his predictions.
The T-Mobile rumor comes from a number of trusted sources who wish to remain anonymous.
One Android Insider’s take on the rumor
I’m sure someone will write this is a no-shit kind of story or is obvious speculation, but we find it fun to report on the latest rumors and discuss if they are really true or not.
When it comes to the Sprint version, I will believe anything that Evan Blass reports. I don’t know where he gets his HTC information, but it is almost always spot on. He recently discovered a device codenamed HTC Jewel, and it sports all the characteristics of the HTC One X.
Sprint’s EVO brand is their premier smartphone, and they have a history of releasing a new model each summer. We already know that Sprint will launch their first LTE markets around the middle of 2012, so it makes sense that they would go with the HTC One X that features the dual-core Snapdragon S4 with integrated LTE modem.
As for the T-Mobile version, this is where the rumors get interesting. While AT&T and Sprint will offer the version with dual-core Snapdragon, T-Mobile will go with the quad-core Tegra 3 version that supports their 4G HSPA+ network.
Once again, Evan Blass was one of the first to report that he had seen the name “T-Mobile G4X” floating around. I reached out to a reliable T-Mobile source who confirmed that their G-series of devices will “always” live on.
At first we assumed this T-Mobile G4X device might be LG’s Optimus 4X HD, since the Optimus 2X became the T-Mobile G2x. However, no one from LG has even hinted at their quad-core smartphone coming to T-Mobile, and last year’s device had all sorts of problems. On top of that, I had a third unnamed source who told me the quad-core HTC One X was surely coming to T-Mobile.
If this rumor turns out to be true, and I wouldn’t be writing about it if I didn’t believe in it, then T-Mobile could have the most compelling version of the HTC One X in the United States.
For starters, the inclusion of stock Android 4.0 would be a major selling point for the Android enthusiast crowd. HTC’s Sense 4.0 UI offers some cool features, but it’s beginning to turn stale and many hardcore users prefer the Holo UI of stock Android 4.0.
The addition of the quad-core Tegra 3 is another attractive feature. A couple days ago there were all kinds of headlines like “Snapdragon S4 slaughters Tegra 3″, but the latest benchmarks of the HTC One series reveal that the Tegra 3 version is actually faster in browser and gaming performance.
Anand Shimpi of Anandtech went back and updated his benchmarks of the HTC One, which now show Tegra 3 leads in a number of synthetic tests. The Snapdragon S4 version was faster in a GLBenchmark test, but Anand notes it was run at each device’s native screen resolution. The HTC One X pushes 77% more pixels than the One S with Snapdragon S4, and it still remains competitive. Clearly Tegra 3 is on par with Snapdragon S4 in processing power, and it takes the lead in graphics performance.
NVIDIA also claims that the Tegra 3 version will offer greater battery life than the Snapdragon S4 version. We will not know if that is true until we spend some time with the devices, but Tegra 3 tablets have offered industry leading battery life. (Short story: I watched 3 full length movies on my Transformer Prime + dock while flying to Barcelona and my battery level was around 70% when I landed.)
Wrapping things up, it looks like Sprint and T-Mobile customers once again have an exciting device to save up for. Both the dual-core and quad-core models will offer amazing experiences, but I’d personally like to get my hands on the T-Mobile variant with stock Android 4.0.
We have a ton of Samsung fans around here, so I’m really curious what you guys think. How many people would consider a switch back to HTC for their next smartphone purchase?