It’s official: HTC One X to hit AT&T on May 6, pre-orders begin April 22

by: AdrianApril 18, 2012

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!

  • Medicci3737

    They should have released it earlier. The SG lll will take slot of sales from htc.

  • AndroidBrian

    Whats up with the dual core instead of the quad core? USA sucks. I have T-mobile and found out our version doesn’t even have 720 display…. WTF! Why do we always get the short end of the stick when it comes to smart phones? Seriously!? Last for updates, last to actually get the phones & now our specs are also weaker.

    It might be as snappy but quad core helps w/ gaming and battery life as well (battery being a big issue here). So pretty much HTC one (US version) is the same as the galaxy nexus but has a better camera? HTC one is dead to me. I thought it was a cool phone to rival GS3 in the US, guess not. Unless your willing to fork over like 700 bucks for the international version… But if one was to go that rout, you wont take full advantage of your data speed. EPIC FAIL!

    GS3 exynos SoC’s comes with built-in 4G LTE modems. So Samsungs quad core goodness shoudnt be limited to 3g phones only.

    • Ardrid

      There are no currently available quad-core SoC solutions that are compatible with LTE. As such, you’ve probably noticed that every LTE capable device on the market is dual-core.

      As for performance/battery life concerns, Snapdragon has already proven it’s leaps and bounds ahead of Tegra 3 in the majority of workloads. Tegra 3’s saving grace is it’s graphical performance, but that’s not really determinative when talking about the daily/average tasks of your typical smartphone user. I also expect Snapdragon’s battery performance to be better given the manufacturing process.

      • AndroidBrian

        huh? Theres no quad core 4g devices because theres no quad core cell phones. If your making a quad core CELL PHONEs dont you think its vital to have the compatibility of 4g? In my opinon HTC 1 x didnt win the quad core race. First phone that makes a quad core with 4g wins in my eyes. To many phones use 4g and HTC will learn this the hard way with there lack of sales in the US.

        This is a mistake samsung will not make

        First isn’t always best HTC. Cell phone consumer are to informed nowadays too buy an inferior product. That being said I would by this phone if I l lived in a area and I wasnt able to have 4g data speed.

        • Ardrid

          You’re not understanding me. There are no quad-core SoC’s that are compatible with LTE modems. That has nothing to do with cell phones or cell phone manufacturers and everything to do with the way current SoCs are implemented and produced. It makes no sense to have a complete SoC solution only to have to throw an additional piece of circuitry in the device to make LTE possible. The only reason why the Galaxy S3 may be a quad-core LTE device is because Exynos 5 was built from the ground up to be a quad-core solution with an integrated LTE modem.

          That said, trust me when I tell you the majority of people don’t care about LTE. Why? Because HSPA+ is plenty fast, LTE penetration is decent at best with Verizon and virtually non-existent with AT&T, and LTE drains battery life like nobody’s business.

          • AndroidBrian

            I understand you perfectly, there’s no quad core SoCs that work with LTE. Samsung dual core exynos didn’t work for LTE networks but Samsung knew they could substitute it with similar dual core or something very similar if not better. Now they know that if they didnt have a Quad core with LTE capabilities a BUNCH of people will be left out because there is no equal substitute. So Samsung manufactured a quad core with LTE. I guess your saying HTC can’t do something similar? So yes that does have something to do with the manufacturers.

            It doesn’t matter if people care about 4g or not but every carrier is using LTE or about to in the USA if phone manufacturers don’t make there phones work with LTE we will get some crappy variant example HTC x. What differs from the HTC (USA) from the nexus, Maxx & GS2 HD? Not enough to use your upgrade IMO.

          • Ardrid

            I’m saying it doesn’t matter. and they don’t need to do anything similar You, like many others, are getting caught up in the core counts but it’s fundamentally no different than the MHz race of last decade.

            Simply having 4 cores doesn’t make a device better than having 2 cores. It all depends on the workload and the underlying architecture. That’s exactly why a dual-core Snapdragon handily beats a quad-core Tegra 3. AT&T’s version of the HTC One X isn’t the “lesser variant” of the international version; if anything, it’s the superior version given its performance and the inclusion of an LTE radio.

            Tell me, what are you going to do if Samsung goes with the rumored dual-core based A15 version of Exynos instead of the quad-core A9 variant? Are you still going to complain that you’re getting a “lesser variant” even though the performance of a dual-core A15 is otherworldly compared to current dual-core and quad-core SoCs?

          • AndroidBrian

            “It all depends on the workload and the unerlying architecture” OMG! Simple question. Would you take the quad core if some how you could magically get it with LTE? Yes you would and if you say other wise your full of it. If the dual core was better then Ill say its all good. Its not better plain and simple. Just wait till real AT&T customers benchmark the HTC dual core and see which one is the real victor.

            You keep saying the obvious. A15 is CLEARLY better than the A9 so of course I wouldn’t care

            Stop using Google to respond use common sense.

          • Puck

            The dual core snapdragon is a more advanced processor then the Tegra 3, and bests it in a lot of benchmarks even with two less cores.

            You are caught up in the “more cores must be better” mindset, the same thing manufacturers use to sell high megapixel but low quality cameras.

            Snapdragon is on a much smaller manufacturing process which means less power draw and higher clock-per-clock and core-per-core performance. Only in the very small percentage of apps that properly utilize more then two cores would T3 have a chance against the dual 1.5ghz snapdragon.

  • Steven

    They definitely should have released it before the S3 is announced… This could end up being a huge mistake for HTC

    • so far, I see that this is not, sale amount of ONE X should be good already

  • Rizwan Anwar

    Upon hearing about the switcheroo done on AT&T’s version of the this cellphone some were bummed to find out that it would not be powered by the same quad-core CPU in use with the international one, and instead, it would be outfitted with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM. Well people, there’s no cause for alarm, because seriously, it performs equally to its quad-core sibling. Specifically, it maintains a steady amount of responsiveness with a variety of basic and complex operations, and to tell you the truth, it barely exhibited any strain or lag during our testing. Still not sold by its processing prowess? Well, you’ll be surprised to know that the benchmark results are quite positive, since it obtains scores that are deemed as above average. For something so awe-inspiring in many ways, we’re a bit perturbed by the web browsing experience – again, much like what we saw previously. Actually, we’re absolutely thrilled that AT&T’s beauty is bearing support for LTE connectivity, which results in vastly superior data speeds over its HSPA+ only sibling. However, just like before, we’re baffled by the experience, as it seems to be clunky with its layout and performance. Specifically, the top and bottom menu bars containing the back button, address bar, “Add to”, “Bookmarks”, “Saved for later”, and “Tabs” all seem to disappear and reappear at random. Furthermore, the same constant blinking action happens whenever we pinch zoom or double-tap-to-zoom. Putting those meddling issues aside, the browser for the most part performs swiftly – even when it encounters Flash content. Still, we come across some delays and choppiness every now and then with its operation. As we’re clearly mentioned, this version is packing support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network – and boy is it lightning fast! In fact, we’re able to get maximum download and upload speeds of 20.2 Mbit/s and 21.47 Mbit/s respectively while testing it out in the heart of New York City. In addition, it features aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, and mobile hotspot functionality.