In recent memory, there are only 2 phones I've been as excited to lay my hands on as the One X, and those are the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II. There's a good reason for my excitement: this is the first phone to pack Nvidia's excellent Tegra 3 CPU. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, really; other touted features - such as the amazing unibody design, ultra high-quality camera, and beautiful screen - help build upon that excitement.
Today's the day, T-Mobile customers: the HTC One S is officially available. This new flagship could be the hottest thing T-Mobile has ever seen, with all the specs of a modern-day powerhouse:
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
- 1650mAh battery
- Android 4.0 with Sense 4
If you're still not convinced that this is the best thing that has ever happened to T-Mobile, check out our review of the One S.
With the upcoming release of AT&T's HTC One X, many people are wondering how it compares to the international version, which packs NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 instead of Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4. One user out in YouTubeLand happened to get their hands on both variants and decided to boot them up simultaneously, as well as run AnTuTu Benchmark to see how they compare head-to-head.
While I realize that benchmarks are definitely not a definitive answer to how well the device performs, they do give a rough idea of what the device is capable of.
Remember way back in December when T-Mo hinted an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Amaze? Almost five months later, the page has not been updated and an official software update has not been released. Thanks to veteran XDA user Football, however, Amaze owners can download a leaked version of the official ICS update. Considering that the Amaze recently got S-Off capability, it's looking like users have a lot to be excited about this week.
It seems that DroidDoes.com has a way of outing phones before they're actually announced, and once again, that's the story here. Even though it has since been pulled, Droid Life was able to grab a couple of screenshots of the site as it shows off the newest successor in the Incredible line.
As you can see, the specs here confirm our earlier leak:
- 4-Inch qHD Super LCD
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 8MP rear shooter (likely the same as the One X/S), VGA front camera
- 1700mAh battery
- 2.4 x 4.8 x 0.46 inches
- 4.66 ounces
- Android 4.0 with Sense 4
One thing that doesn't match up with what our tipster said, though, is the price listed.
HTC's One X is hands-down the best smartphone released this year. While the version we're seeing here in the States (on AT&T, to be specific) isn't quite the beast the quad-core version found overseas is, the AT&T variant does pack LTE. Other specs:
- 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU (Krait architecture)
- 4.7" 720p display (1280x720)
- 16GB memory
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front
- Full 1080p HD video recording at 60fps
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 4.0.x
- Sense 4.0
Thankfully, those cutting-edge specs aren't going to break your budget, either: the phone is now available for pre-order on Amazon Wireless for $150 for both the gray and white models - that's $50 less than you'll pay to get it straight from AT&T.
Not that we assume you've forgotten, but here's a quick reminder for anyone who has been waiting for the HTC One X on AT&T: pre-orders begin today. You'll have to wait until May 6th to get your device, but with that date still two weeks away, you can at least guarantee to have one in-hand on launch day.
- 4.7-Inch SuperLCD 2 1280x720 display with Gorilla Glass 2
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Krait processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP f/2.0 rear shooter with zero shutter lag
- 1.3MP front camera
- Android 4.0.x with Sense 4
The device will set you back $199 with a two-year agreement - a rather reasonable price for what could be one of the biggest flagships we've seen this year.
Over the past year or so, HTC devices have become notoriously more difficult to root/mod/S-Off than the devices of yesteryear. When one series of devices gets cracked, the next generation released by HTC has historically been drastically more difficult to crack.
This has been the case for some of the more recent HTC devices; namely the Amaze, Rezound, Sensation/XE, Vivid/Raider/Velocity, And MyTouch 4G Slide. Up until now, a few of those devices have never even received S-Off status.
Update: We've gotten official word from Sprint - the EVO 3D is officially on the way out:
The award-winning HTC EVO 3D is no longer available through Sprint.com. Quantities are limited, but customer can still get HTC EVO 3D at Sprint Stores nationwide.
So here's an interesting little fact: if you go to Sprint's site right now and look for the EVO 3D, you won't find it. Really.
An Android phone is like a Leatherman Tool. It does a lot of things - without a doubt, a triumph of function over form. Android is the world's most versatile mobile operating system, the most tweakable, the most adaptable, and the most fully-featured. It just does more than any other comparable product out there. But if Android is a Leatherman, the iPhone is the basic Swiss Army Knife - compact, simple, iconic, and good enough for the vast majority of people, even if it does do a little less.