A couple of days ago HTC unveiled its quad-core Tegra 3 based smartphone known as the One X. Immediately after that, AT&T announced that it would carry the LTE version with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Now rumors are starting to swirl that we may see the One X land on both Sprint and T-Mobile.
As to Sprint, we know they are launching their LTE service by mid-year, and they already announced the Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that HTC will probably have something LTE as well. Pocketnow is reporting from a reliable source that the One X could land on Sprint under the EVO series. It could be called the EVO LTE, but for now it’s code named the Jewel.
The other interesting question is whether it will arrive with the Qualcomm dual-core chip (like AT&T) or the Tegra 3 quad-core chip? The reason the AT&T version has the Qualcomm chip is because the Tegra 3 isn’t compatible with LTE. We already know that NVIDIA is working on a LTE modem that will work with it, but it isn’t ready yet. Since the “Jewel” probably won’t launch till mid-year at the earliest, it’s possible the timing will work for Sprint to launch the Tegra 3 version. Again, this is all speculation.
The next part of the rumor is where things get interesting. I have no doubts that the One X could land on T-Mobile, but the rumor has it being the G4x. This would be the followup to the G2x, which is a stock Android device made by LG. The natural conclusion would be that the LG Optimus 4X HD would become the G4x. I don’t see any reason why T-Mobile would switch it to HTC, but there was a lot of negative press surrounding the G2x and its buggy software. Whether it actually lands on T-Mobile as the G4x or something else, it’s expected that it will arrive with the Tegra 3 chip which is awesome news.
I wouldn’t expect to see a formal announcement for either of these devices until sometime in the 2nd quarter. Actually, CTIA in May makes perfect sense. Stay tuned.