Turns out HTC isn’t through releasing models in its “One” line-up for 2012, with the flagship One X grabbing an upgrade sporting better WiFi, a faster chip, and more storage than ever before.
Announced overnight, the HTC One X+ (or X Plus if you prefer the wording) pushes HTC’s flagship One X series phone more by adding performance, making the quad-core Nvidia processor even more powerful and bringing the speed to a blistering 1.7GHz, faster than the chip found in the Asus Transformer Infinity.
Unlike the 4G Galaxy S3, HTC won’t be adding more RAM or LTE connectivity likes its One XL brother, but will be including the very latest version of Android – 4.1, Jelly Bean – and will be topping up the storage to hit 64GB, allowing you to fill it with music, movies, photos, apps, games, and anything else you can think of.
Most of the same specs from the HTC One X released earlier this year are still there, including Bluetooth 4.0 with AptX, Beats Audio, Near-Field Communication, DLNA, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and GPS, but the 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi has been updated with a dual-channel antenna similar to what Apple included on the iPhone 5.
A more impressive phone requires more juice, and HTC is hoping to fix its One X battery woes with a 2100mAh, up from the 1800mAh one that came with the original and barely survived a day. That amount of power puts the One X in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy S3, and we’re able to grab a little over a day from that handset, so we’re expecting similar results here.
HTC has also changed the screen type, moving away from the In-Plane Switching (IPS) display in the One X to a Super LCD 2 model protected by Corning’s second-generation scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, presumably to assist with battery issues.
Other than that, the size hasn’t changed, with HTC keeping the polycarbonate one-piece body, 8.9mm thickness, although the colouring now reminds us of the computer from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” with a solid black design-scheme and red accents on the lens and buttons.
As for who in Australia will be selling it, HTC hasn’t actually come back to us with an attached telco yet. The HTC website in Australia is reporting its existence, which is probably good news, though at this time, we can’t say what provider will be taking this super-sized One X, nor when.
Those of you after a 64GB phone with oodles of power may want to hold off buying for the next few weeks, as it looks like your prayers are about to be answered.
UPDATE (4.37pm): HTC has come back to us with a response: “The HTC One X + was announced globally on 3 October 2012. However, HTC cannot comment on unreleased products in the Australian market.”