The HTC One X+ is a smartphones we’ve been hearing rumors about for months. Today it finally becomes an official device. Here’s what you need to know: It’s exactly like the HTC One X, except for a few small things. One, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip inside is clocked faster. In single core mode, the One X+ can hit 1.7 GHz. Two, the GPU is also faster, clocked at 520 MHz versus the 416 MHz in the original One X. Three, unlike the One X LTE variant, which was a One X with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 inside, the LTE variant of the One X+ uses NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 alongside Qualcomm’s MDM9215 modem. How will that impact battery life? We don’t know yet. Speaking about battery, the One X+ has a 2,100 mAh battery versus the 1,800 mAh battery in the original.

Other notable changes include the front facing camera, which has been bumped up to 1.6 megapixels versus the 1.3 megapixel sensor in the original. The audio has also been upgraded courtesy of a new amplifier that makes the rear speaker suck less. As for software, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on-board, along with what HTC likes to call “Sense 4+ UI”.

When will the One X+ come out? October, aka this month. Should you buy it? That’s incredibly hard to say. We’re huge fans of the Galaxy S III, we’re foaming at the mouth over the Note II, and within the next 30 days we’ll likely hear about the next Nexus device from Google. That means HTC’s One X+ struggles to get out attention. That and you can only buy it in black, which is a bit … limiting.

But hey, if you’re an HTC fan, then there’s no reason for you not to get this thing if you have the money. And if you’re already an HTC One X or One S user, you should know that you’ll get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean within the next few weeks.

Update: While we try to get our hands on this beast, have a look at these two videos from Recombu and C|Net UK to get an idea about what’s new with the One X+.

  • So someone at HTC saw a “go large” sign at McDonalds and thought “that’s a nice idea…” yes?

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      pretty much

  • KaiserJay

    The capacitive keys on Android are white to allow proper visibility in all lighting conditions, yet someone at HTC decided it was a good idea to make them red for the sake of “Beats” branding?

    Face, meet palm.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      technically, it’s easier to see red than white. hard to say if it was a bad decision based on the limited amount of evidence we have.

    • leoingle

      i see nothing wrong with the red capacitive buttons. as long as they light up, it’s all good.

  • This is just the same kind of thinking as last year’s Sensation XE. Bring out essentially the same phone again, with a slight speed bump and red accents. Yeah, that strategy worked out well last year didn’t it HTC?
    Wish HTC would stop with the nonsense and bring us some definite info on this 5″ phablet/potential Nexus we keep hearing about.

    • leoingle

      ^^^^ what he said ^^^^