HTC had a little bit of a reboot this year with the One series, led by the HTC One X, which was meant to be the best smartphone on the market. And the One X really was the king of the hill for a while, but, shortly after its release, the Samsung Galaxy S3 made its appearance and stole most of its thunder.
To fight the Galaxy S3, HTC will have to introduce a new and improved phone soon, and it seems that’s exactly what it’s doing. A Nenamark benchmark shows that there’s a new HTC One X+ phone on the pipeline, that will feature a quad core 1.7 Ghz Tegra 3 processor (possibly the Tegra 3+), an HD 1280×720 resolution display, and will run the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.1.
Now, I don’t know why someone would still use Nenamark, as it’s been reaching the max FPS limit even on older processors from last year. It’s a pointless benchmark tool at this point, especially when there is a new and improved GLBenchmark 2.5 out. But that’s another story.
While I don’t think Android manufacturers should release tons of models every month, it must be hard for them to release a very good phone and then see it just a couple of months later deprived of the consumers’ attention by a competing, better equipped device.
Then there’s also the design of the phone. A lot of people buy phones based on how they look. If a newer phone is just slightly better in specs, that might not affect the buying decision of many people. Hopefully the HTC One X+ will impress us with a lot more than just a slightly faster processor and Jelly Bean, which should come to the original HTC One X soon, too.