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When HTC brought the One series of smartphones to the U.S. it left Nvidia’s Tegra 3 behind due to LTE network support. That could change sinceT-Mobile still uses an HSPA+ 42 network; according to leaked information, the HTC One X+ with Tegra 3 could be arriving.

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Some U.S. fans of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor were disappointed earlier this year when HTC opted for a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon in it’s line of One smartphones. Redemption may be around the corner, however: Leaked documentation of a device called the HTC Era 42 on T-Mobile’s network reportedly refers to a 1.7 GHz Tegra 3 powered phone called the HTC One X+, says TMo News. The leak makes sense for one key reason: LTE.

When HTC announced the One series, it touted the quad-core Tegra 3 inside, but that chip was supplanted for all U.S. versions of the phone. While international models kept the Tegra 3, HTC used a Snapdragon mainly because of Qualcomm’s integration of processor and LTE. Nvidia doesn’t yet have a chip that offers integrated LTE support — although it’s working on it — so HTC’s decision made sense: All four major U.S. carriers either have or will have LTE networks.

T-Mobile will be the last to offer LTE as it is still transitioning from its HSPA+ 42 network. But the carrier actually never offered the One X. Instead, it chose to sell a slightly smaller model with a lower screen resolution called the HTC One S. When I reviewed the One S, I liked what I saw, but after using the One X, I found it more impressive. Some enthusiasts I spoke with agreed and wished that T-Mobile would offer the One X. That wish may be granted.

There’s still plenty of time for T-Mobile to sell top notch HSPA+ devices before its LTE transition and there’s room in the lineup for the device. The carrier does sell the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the One X — or One X+, in this case — would offer a complementary choice for those who prefer the HTC Sense user interface over Samsung’s TouchWiz software.

  1. Bryce Bolling Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    As a TMO customer this is good news. In theory the HTC would have a better screen than the sIII if specs remain similar. Ignoring that difference, are there any major differences between the devices that would sway your purchase decision?

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  2. Will this phone also have AT&T 3G frequencies so it can be used on either carrier for high speed data (although no LTE)? I think the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy Note is like that so it will still work when they refarm the 1900 spectrum for 3G.

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    1. Way too early to say although that would be nice!

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  3. I won’t buy any new Android phone unless it comes with Jelly Bean or the promise in writing that an update is imminent. If I have to wait for the latest OS, the carrier can wait to receive my money too.

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  4. Give me the s4 and leave me alone.
    For lightly threaded operations the s4 is much better than the old tegra 3 arm 9. For highly threaded apps the tegra 3 is sometimes better but not by much and not in all cases. However, the s4 gives you better battery life (separate power planes for the cores, integrated baseband, and lower process node).

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