Looks like it’s time for T-Mobile customers to rejoice once again. T-Mobile usually tends to make a splash for their late summer to fall device line-up. Last year they introduced the HTC Amaze 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II, this year it seems as if something very big is due for the Magenta carrier. Confirmed through various sources, a beefed-up version of the HTC One X will be coming to T-Mobile later this fall and the specs will be nothing short of amazing. The rumors of this phone have certainly come a long way when we initially covered this device earlier in the year. It was first assumed the device would be dubbed as the “G4x” to further accompany T-Mobile’s “G” brand line of stock Android phones such as the HTC G2 and LG G2x.
That was the proposed rumor that stood for many months… Until the HTC Era 42 came into the picture. This device was referenced in a leaked T-Mobile inventory system that you see above and rumored to be named as the HTC One X+ upon release. If you recall, both AT&T’s One X and Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE (also a One X variant) include the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, as opposed to the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 version that comes in the original international One X. Surprisingly, this won’t be the case with T-Mobile’s One X+ as it is rumored to include a quad-core processor.
The question is, which quad core processor is actually going to be included? The HTC One X+ could be the first device to be powered by Qualcomm’s new quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor. Considering Qualcomm is already starting to sell the dev kit for the APQ8064 processor, it isn’t inconceivable that it could be paired with a device as early as this fall. The other possibility is NVIDIA’s upcoming Tegra 3+ processor which is part of NVIDIA’s processor road map. Both of these processors are rumored to support both an LTE modem and HSPA+ 42, hence the HTC Era “42.”
Sadly, there’s no other news on the hardware or software of this device. While I expect it to run HTC’s Sense UI, I wouldn’t be surprised if it came with stock Android as T-Mobile seems to be the only major carrier that has an affection for the stock UI interface and tends to release one each year. A stock Android overlay was also part of the original rumor earlier in the year, thus it shouldn’t be much of a surprise if T-Mobile does head in that direction.
There you have it, looks like T-Mobile isn’t planning on missing out in having their own One X. Although in their case, they’re entering the scene with quite a bang. This should be a great fall for current or potential T-Mobile customers looking for a powerhouse HTC device. What do you guys think about this, would you prefer the quad-core S4 or the Tegra 3+? Stock Android or HTC Sense UI? Sound off in the comments!