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.