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HTC confirms One S variant with dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3 chip, India and Singapore launch imminent

June 12, 2012

It’s not exactly a secret that Qualcomm is paying the price for the immense success of its 28nm Snapdragon S4, as it struggles to produce enough chipsets to keep up with the demand. More precisely, TSMC, Qualcomm’s foundry, is having issues ramping up the production on the 28nm process, with huge clients like Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, or AMD jostling for production capacities.

So far, we’ve heard that heavy duty clients like Qualcomm are being prioritized by TSMC. But it’s clear that not even Qualcomm can avoid the crunch, and one of the victims of the shortage is the HTC One S.

During the launch of the HTC One S in Taiwan we reported that this variant is different from the international version of the phone. Instead of being powered by a Snapdragon S4 chipset, the phone has a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3 processor. While HTC tried to act all nonchalant about the switch at that time, it has now confirmed to The Verge that the Snapdragon S3 variant of HTC One S will be released specifically for the Asia-Pacific and European regions.

In a written statement, HTC hinted that the use of Snapdragon S3 on this variant of HTC One S is to “meet customer demand as quickly as possible”. HTC then said that they “ensure the same high bar of quality in the part to provide an equal user experience”.

Should customers be worried about the performance of this variant of HTC One S? Probably not. Nevertheless, those who are jittery about buying a phone that runs on last year’s processor should wait to see how the bumped up Snapdragon S3 processor performs in benchmarks. For the rest, it’s still the same gorgeously thin phone (at a mere 7.8mm) with a metal unibody chassis and micro-arc oxidation finish.

The HTC One S will be launched in several Asian countries in the coming days. It’s heading to India on June 15, Singapore on June 16, and Indonesia soon. Singaporeans will get a bundled Solo Beats headset with their HTC One S, though it comes at a more expensive price of US$760.