Jul 25 AT 9:24 AM Nick Gray 81 Comments

HTC Era 42 rumor morphs into the HTC One X+, heading to T-Mobile this fall


It’s been a few months since Taylor posted a rumor about the Tegra 3 powered  HTC One X heading to T-Mobile. Since then, there’s been nothing but silence, but a new report out of TmoNews may finally prove that HTC and T-Mobile are prepping to launch the device later this fall.

Based on what we can gather, the HTC Era 42 device reference which showed up in a leaked T-Mobile inventory system is actually a device which will launch as the HTC One X+. Specs and software are still a mystery at this point, but we have a feeling the plus may be a lot more than a differentiator to distinguish T-Mobile’s HTC One X from AT&T’s variant.

According to the original T-Mobile HTC One X rumor, the handset will launch with stock Android rather than HTC’s Sense UI. Another plausible reason for the plus is that the HTC One X+ could be the first device to be powered by Qualcomm’s new quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor or even the 1.7 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3+ . Unfortunately, we do not have any evidence to back that up, but we do know that Qualcomm and NVIDIA are expecting commercial devices powered by their new chips to hit the market later this year.

What are your thoughts on the new HTC Era 42/HTC One X+ news? What do you think the plus stands for?

Source: TmoNews

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Zane

    If T-mobile were to put out super high end devices like this over other carriers, I think it would hugely affect their business. The galaxy S3 is great to have on T-mo, but every other major carrier has them as well, not to mention, they’re a step-down in processor (from the international version). If T-mo were to land this rumored senseless, Tegra 3+, 42mbps powerhouse as an exclusive – I could see plenty of people jumping ship for T-mobile’s lower prices.

    People complain about coverage as well, though – but T-mo needs to advertise their wifi calling better (and make it work better).

    • TWiT Commander

      I hope it has a microSD card slot like he EVO 4G LTE.

    • clocinnorcal

      I totally agree with your statement, and would like to add that I have personally seen A LOT more signal in areas that previously had little to none. From what I hear they are significantly improving their spectrum regions using Edge (HSPA+ by the fall) from their spectrum acquisition due to the failed merger with AT&T.

    • ihatefanboys

      The ONE S is a super high end device, just because you want to hate on TMO, dont discount the devices they do have.

      • inviolable

        There is nothing wrong with what he said.

    • ALLAH


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  • triangle

    While I’m not on TMO, I hope it comes soon and with Jelly Bean, so that we can see Jelly Bean on all of the other new HTC devices.

    Hopefully, it fixes some of the issues that sense has with re-loading.

    • Galen20K

      see exactly! while I’m on T-Mobile myself, I get excited even when I see other fantastic headsets land on other carriers(even tho I wish it were on mine as well lol) but thats the spirit, we are all fans of tech in general so this is a good thing no matter which carrier.

  • spazby

    hmmm, stock android phone not called nexus…

    • TWiT Commander

      Like the OG Droid, G2, G2x and early Android devices.

    • Taknarosh

      Something like this?


      • clocinnorcal

        I hope so! I have been waiting for a decent HTC phone to land on Tmo for a while. The Sensation didn’t quite do it for me. I love Samsung phones, but I have been holding some love for HTC since WinMo. I had the Tmo MDA back in 2005 or 2006 (cant remember) then the HTC Wing I think it was called. To me HTC pioneered the current slab like phone craze (even though they had a lot of sliders too) that Apple seems to take credit for.
        What I would really like to see is another HTC Nexus! That’s what I really want!

      • mikeymop

        THIS! This is exactly what I hope to see in a future Nexus phone. However without the logo’s on the front and a 2000+mAh battery.

        • mikeymop

          Although I would prefer the button/port placement that is on the GNex.

    • Tonedabone

      Maybe this is the first of the many Nexus phones to be released this year? Ohhhhh snapz son!

      • clocinnorcal

        (crosses fingers)

  • Noven

    Interesting that the rumor is saying stock Android. I am wondering if this was a potential Nexus phone…

    • uzunoff

      Well the rumor was that Google will be releasing 5 Nexus devices this year. for the 5-th Android anniversary.
      an HTC Nexus will be a great addition. My favorite phone although outdated was the Nexus One.

      Now running G-Nex I am realizing that Samsung does not have as steller radios as HTC. Especially when it comes to GPS, Sammy has much to learn from HTC

      • LukeT32

        Agreed… The GNex GPS leaves alot to be desired.

      • Noven

        I do recall reading a rumor about multiple Nexus devices launching this year. It would be a VERY good year if 5 new Nexus phones came out. Now I have to wonder if the Nexus 7 and Q were part of this rumor.

        The wait for HTC to return to with a Nexus title has been long since the Nexus One. However, the One series did let us know that they too want to give us Nexus One-like devices.

    • shadhussain

      An HTC One X running stock Android? I’ll take one, maybe two! My Nexus One still awaits its worthy successor.

    • konstantin

      It would be beyond amazing, if this is the first of many non Nexus devices to be running stock Android…

      • Bpear96

        Its not the first.. like TWiT Commander said “OG Droid, G2, G2x and early Android devices.” all had stock android

  • John

    Hope it stands for +SDHC card slot, because that’s all that kept me from buying a One-X.

  • PapaLos

    Yes! I was waiting for this! I had an early upgrade next month and I was going to do the S3, but I’d MUCH rather wait for this exclusive version of the One X.

    Thank you!

  • uzunoff

    WANT! With SGS III and HTC One X + T-mobile will finally join the rest of the providers with an amazing line up of high end Android Devices…

    The only one missing is Motorola. Is RAZR MAXX or Atrix HD look a likes too much to ask for?

    I wonder why T-mo does not carry more Moto devices……

  • Nate B.

    If it’s a SENSE based phone, then I thought HTC said they would make less phones. Less variants.

  • VS

    Now this perks my ears a bit!

    My initial plan has been to hold out for a new Nexus release for Tmo (Current Galaxy is nice, but not enough for me to get rid of my HTC Amaze). If this comes to fruition with either of the aforementioned processors (especially S4), SD card slot and stock Android…I’m sold.

    I love HTC build quality for their phones and their devices are one of the better items for hackability. I’d been debating if a SGIII variant of the Nexus would be released for the holidays, but I think I’ll keep my eyes open for this proposed gem.

    • Jimmy_Jo

      HTC “hackability” has nose dived since the EVO 3D. Their locked bootloader policy is ridiculous. And Sense is a resource hog. That’s why I am a happy and proud owner of a Galaxy S III. =)

      • uknowme

        Depends on if you keep up with your phone. It took me about 20 minutes to root and get S-off on my Evo LTE.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        HTC provides bootloader unlocking tools for all their phones.

        • Frank E Valenti

          But its not a fully unlocked like samsung’s.

      • clocinnorcal

        Locked bootloaders depend a lot on the network the device is associated with. Its not likely that Tmobile would request a locked bootloader.

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

    Maybe “+” = Super AMOLED+?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Could be, but the display on the hTC one X has been regarded as the best display on an Android phone this year. Not sure why they would want to change that.

      • Marcus T

        If it’s actually a Nexus phone as some say, then they might use Super Amoled HD+, since google seems to have a thing with Amoled. Not to mention it makes the onscreen buttons blend it with the bezel much better.

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          I think it’s more of a “Samsung has a fetish with AMOELD” since they are the ones who produce it.

          • clocinnorcal

            Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t some of the One devises come with AMOLED screens? Not really a big deal since their SLCD screens have pretty much caught up with SAmoled anywho.

  • Max.Steel

    Why are we still making phones with hardware buttons when ICS already has support in the software for buttons?

    • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

      My. Thoughts. Exactly.

      Although, I did come across someone from the Android team on G+ saying so much real estate was wasted with the software buttons, so maybe that’s the reasoning?

    • R.S

      @Matt steal.
      Because one of many great things about Android phones is options.

      While some may like on screen buttons, others like myself prefer capacitive buttons that don’t take up precious screen space.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        You’re right on the money. I love hacing dedicated capacitive buttons. If the on-screen buttons changed based on different apps, it would be a completely different conversation. Using on-screen buttons effectively reduces your usable on-screen real-estate and only really gives you a 4.7-inch display for when you are watching movies. The rest of the time, you have a 4.3 display.

  • jamal adam

    I like this rumor. Now, T-Mobile better make it happen.

  • Hendry

    HTC One X + comes with ICS or higher version like 4.2?????

  • Snapdragon S4

    Wait, I thought that the Tegra 3 did not support HSPA+ 42 and that the T3+ merely had a slightly better GPU and an LTE radio next to it? I’d prefer a Snapdragon S4 quad with Adreno 320.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Tegra 3 does not have an integrated modem. Handset makers can pair it with a multiple of different modems that support different networks.

      • Snapdragon S4

        Makes sense. But, as of now, isn’t the only modem from Nvidia capable of running HSPA+ 42 the Icera 410? I remember you posted an article back in May that it has been approved for AT&T. However, I haven’t seen any approval for T-mobile yet.

        • Max.Steel

          Look at the HTC One X. In Europe and Asia it ships with the NVIDIA Tegra 3, but in America, one of the world’s largest markets for smartphones, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 inside because it can connect to AT&T’s 4G LTE network whereas the Tegra can’t.

      • GUEST

        True but that puts more strain on the battery that’s why an integrated modern is the ideal solution.

  • MoSDeeb

    The great thing about this is that given T-Mobile’s history we wont have to worry about a locked bootloader (hopefully). I’ll probably grab one if this turns out to be a great high end device.

  • Reggie

    If this phone has stock Jellybean I will buy it.

  • thaghost

    i want this as a buddy for my Galaxy Nexus. Then i will sell both when the next Nexus comes out (preferably one made by HTC)

    • Galen20K

      Agreed, I love my Galaxy S III but I will be also getting the new Nexus this winter when they are released.(if that really pans out)

  • rauelius

    The US Spec Galaxy S III was a disappointment hardware wise, but this looks incredibly promising.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I’m not a Samsung fan, but I don’t see how the SGSIII was a disappointment. Spec for spec, it’s the best Android phone money can buy in the U.S.

      It may not have the Exynos processor that it’s EU counterpart is equipped with, but you’d be hard pressed to find a better phone on this side of the Atlantic.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    Stock Android?
    High End?

    If this is true as reported, I’m buying one ASAP.

    • Humberto99

      final nail in the coffin for htc and teen-mob

  • 4nradio

    Does anyone know if HTC devices with ICS or higher support USB audio like the SGS III does? I’d love to have my external DAC work with an HTC phone like it does with SGS III.

    Despite ICS and above having provision for USB audio, doesn’t the manufacturer need to provide driver support also? My fingers are crossed for new HTC phones to provide connectivity to DACs too.

  • Nathan D.

    This will be so awesome if this rumor came true, and if the new processor is also true ,this one will be a keeper and a phone that is better then the GSIII by a long shot.

  • ihatefanboys

    I wish everyone including the author of this article would re emphasize the RUMOR nature of the information. At this point its no more certain than the G3 rumor. HTC and TMO should release this phone as the G3, not as the ONE X +, which is a horrible name BTW

    Even if they are releasing this phone i also hope there is a QWERTY device also, and that it will be called the G3, the ERA coding in the TMO system and the Sept release date also have to be taken into consideration, considering ERA was the code used for the G1 and G2.

    Its all rumor and conjecture people, keep it in your pants.

    • inviolable

      What’s your problem man?

    • HTC G2

      Yeah.. i hope so… I want HTC G3… my G2 getting falling apart :( GPS dont work, graphic discoloration problem… argh!

  • inviolable

    PLEASE use the quad core Snapdragon.

  • randompat

    I know this may be too early but if that “+” mean LTE antenna then I am in.

    • nivekkev

      Yeah, hoping these newer phones will have the LTE radio in and waiting for when the network goes live, otherwise I may wait for when they do, hate to get a fone now then have to wait a year and a half to get the LTE…

  • Ardrid

    Consider me sold if this is running stock Android. It would be a perfect match since I’ll probably be going with T-Mobile’s Monthly4G plans for my next device.

  • William Sedlacek

    T-Mobile has the worst coverage and the slowest speeds in the whole country The device itself sounds promising but if it were with a bigger company like Verizon it would make much more of a splash.

  • Richard Yarrell

    This device is on schedule to be launched September 26th. If your on Tmobile it’s going to be a great fall. With this upcoming device as well as the upcoming Galaxy Note in August Tmobile and it’s HSPA PLUS 42MPS network is doing lovely. This fall the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will launch on all carriers hopefully in October or November and to go along with the new Nexus coming in November if your on Tmobile you will be rolling in happiness.

    • squiddy20

      Here’s how you’re wrong:
      1. The fact that you think there’s going to be a “new Nexus” in November when there hasn’t even been 1 rumor of that possibility (unless you’re counting that 5 Nexii rumor from a month ago, in which case you’re still wrong because you’re talking about a single Nexus phone while that rumor stated 5 or so).
      2. You can’t even spell “mbps”. And this isn’t even a once-in-awhile misspelling, you’ve done it countless times. How can you expect anyone to take you seriously if you can’t even spell simple words or phrases?
      3. The fact that you think Samsung/T-Mobile would launch the Note, and then less than 3 months later release the Note 2. It won’t be coming to all carriers at once because the Note is not a flagship phone like the Galaxy S series.

  • HTC G2

    Hopefully, this Era 42 will be HTC G3… QWERTY, 1.7Ghz, 42 HSPA+, Jelly Beans, SD slots, and removeable battery… I m BUY this!!!

    • doh

      Amen!!!!! if its all that i’ll pitch a tent and wait in line to the first and get 2. Fuck Iphone5, and galaxy s3. All about htc!!!!

  • chris

    HTC and T-Mobile will find a way to mess this thing up. The first rumor I heard back in february, this device was coming with stock android, I bet it will come with SENSE which sucks.

  • alamoe

    This sounds like a GREAT device, especially if its running stock JellyBean. But the OEM’s really need to get in line with Google and get rid of the physical buttons. After using a Galaxy Nexus I really wouldn’t want to go back to physical buttons.


    What 42 mbps, what 4 core, what hi-tech,what + ?

    Insane greedy salespeople pumping the rumors just to keep similarly insane morons buying. HTC NEEDS FIX THIS LOW-TECH FIRST:

    After 500 charge-discharge cycles battery capacity substantially declines. But if for power users it has not sufficient capacity even right now and if you are keep sucking the wall 1-2 times a day what will be in just ONE SINGLE YEAR?!

    Keep buying, make sales happy

  • jamboy5590

    god damn it i just got the one s.

    • redraider133

      Sadly such is life on the android side of the fence. Choice is at times good and others bad or upsetting to some.

  • AndresGalvan98

    I’ve been reading about the “5 Nexus phones” Google will release this year from different partners. Wired or someone else said that they might not be like actual Nexus phones, like the G1, just stock Android.

    I didn’t realize that the 1X+ could be one of them!!!

  • Odie

    My Nexus One just went out on me and it fealt like I lost a part of myself, I wasn’t going to upgrade until it finally called it quits regardless of how powerful newer phones are. I love the HTC One S but it’s been out too long and I want to upgrade to a phone that’s brand new. I love HTC designs, they look and feel durable and built to last, the GS3 has a great screen but looks and feel too cheap. If this phone is atleast a Nexus in spirit (Stock Android), it’ll finally be a worthy successor.

  • Mitchings

    Give it a removable battery and a microSD; and it’ll be the best phone on the market imo.

  • doh

    do we all agree that htc makes awsome if not the best phones out there?
    do we all agree that it needs removable battery, and sd card?
    If so then htc will hit a home run with the new g3!

    Cant wait for the g3. Please have removable battery! I cant emphasize that enough. Whats the point of having a powerful, fast, beautiful, phone if you theres no battery life in it. No one wants to sit around and wait for a powerful to be charged!!!!!