We can quite frankly say that HTC has been given a second chance thanks to its new One lineup, as quite frankly, before its release, the Taiwanese manufacturer was experiencing a rather constant and steep decline in both sales and profits. This has all changed when they introduced four of the most desirable smartphones at the moment, the HTC One S, One X, One V and the infamous One XL.
Out of those four devices, the only middle range droid is the HTC One S, and it does pack some really impressive hardware for such a small device. The first thing that comes to mind when talking about the HTC One S is the superb 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset. This complicated name can simply be referred to as a Krait CPU, but it is in reality codenamed: MSM8960.
Apparently, HTC has decided to produce another version of the One S, and equip it with slightly different hardware than the international version. The first major difference is that the Taiwanese version of the One S packs an older generation Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon S3 dual core processor, which is the same one that can be found in the HTC Sensation XE for example. In order to match the level of performance of the new Krait architecture, HTC has also overclocked the hip to 1.7 GHz, which as far as we know is a record for the stock speed of any mobile CPU at this date.
The reason behind this move is apparently the relative shortage of the Snapdragon S4 chipsets, which seems to have as far as affecting even the most prolific of smartphone manufacturers. Several big names in the industry have decided to go with other older, less powerful chips instead of the new Krait one thanks to this, and some have even gone as far as changing their methods and going for Samsung for their new smartphones.
This change in tactics from HTC has raised even more questions about the older processor used in the One S, but apparently, a 200 MHz overclock was all that was needed to match the performance of the new Krait enabled CPU, at least as far as AnTuTu benchmark is concerned. We have serious doubts about this fact, but until we can properly test such a unit it will be very hard to say if this is indeed true even for the general usage of the smartphone.
Another interesting question is whether this older generation and less power efficient processor can match the consumption of the lower clocked Krait CPU because HTC has decided to retain the same battery in the Taiwanese version of the One S as in the international one. As you might have noticed in the above picture, the display resolution also seems to be an odd one, coming in at 540 x 888 pixels, but we have no confirmation that this is the actual one.
Well ,things do seem to have taken quite an odd turn for HTC and Qualcomm, as the latter is still unable to satisfy the ever growing demand for their impressive dual core Krait CPU, but word has it that this situation is going to rapidly change in the very near future.