This year’s MWC in Barcelona was host to quite a lot of new and attractive devices, and by far one of the showstoppers out there was the new HTC One X. The only downside of this new device was that the version destined for the US market, the HTC One XL was going to appear on AT&T without the acclaimed NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
Instead of the first quad core mobile processor from NVIDIA, the HTC One XL will come with a more modest dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 chipset. By modest we refer strictly to the number of cores, as the Krait design used in these new chips has already proven to be a huge leap forward compared to the current crop of dual core ARM processors.
You are probably asking yourself why HTC went through all the trouble to downgrade the CPU of its flagship device. The reason behind this move is that so far, the NVIDIA chips are incompatible with the AT&T LTE standard. This meant that in order to gain access to the best data speeds around a sacrifice was needed.
This all sounded pretty dull until recently when the global version of the HTC One X passed through the FCC and was given the green light for imports. While this non AT&T model doesn’t pack the LTE support, it will be interesting to see how many people favor HSDPA+ and a quad core processor in favor of a dual core Krait Snapdragon and LTE.
In any case, it is highly unlikely that AT&T will pick up the global HTC One X, but the door remains open for other carriers. In any case, I bet that the people who want to buy an HTC One X will definitely import one than pay the price without a contract and get a slightly less powerful device from AT&T.