We’ve been hearing rumors and speculations about the HTC One X and its US release for a long, long time and we finally have some official news to bring you today.
HTC’s flagship Android-based smartphone, which is already available in select European markets, will start selling at AT&T on May 6 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. The One X will be an AT&T exclusive, at least for the time being, because we know that a Sprint-branded version of the smartphone, called the EVO 4G LTE, should also hit the market sometime in June.
AT&T’s One X will be identical with the international version of the smartphone, with two notable differences. The model coming on May 6 will feature 4G LTE connectivity and will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
The dual-core S4 replaces the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 powering the European version, which, at least apparently, should be a slight downgrade in terms of raw power. On the other hand, we’ve been seeing several benchmarks and tests lately proving that Qualcomm’s new dual-core chips are at least as snappy, if not snappier than the Tegra 3 procs, so, all in all, you should still get a very nice and powerful beast of a phone.
Aside from the LTE speeds and the dual-core power, the One X for AT&T will feature 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, dual 8 MP/1.3 MP cameras, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity and an embedded 1,800 mAh battery.
With a 4.7-inch HD super LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, the One X will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with HTC’s Sense 4.0 user interface on top. Unfortunately, this version doesn’t come with an SD card slot, a feature that is only present on Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE.
Still, this is one of the best Android-based smartphones around, if not the best (at least until the Galaxy S3 will hit the market), and that $199.99 price tag should be a very nice deal for anyone who is looking for a high-end gadget these days.
Pre-orders for AT&T’s Sprint will start this Sunday, so, if you’re thinking of getting this monster, you should be ready to get in line and consider sleeping a bit less than usual this weekend. I personally expect the handheld to be out of stock very quickly after the pre-order process goes live, but if you are of a different opinion, you can leave a comment below and tell us why the HTC One X is not as great as we here at Android Authority think it is!