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HTC One X and its Quad-core Tegra 3 visit the FCC with support for AT&T's HSPA+ network

HTC One X and its Quad-core Tegra 3 visit the FCC with support for AT&T's HSPA+ network
AT&T customers were taken aback when it was discovered that the Tegra 3 totin' HTC One X would be changed into the dual-core Qualcomm S4 packin' HTC One XL when that variant of the phone launches in the States. There are two sides to the story and one side will say that since the Tegra 3 processor will not support LTE, well then, what are we arguing about? The other side simply points to a map of AT&T's rather light LTE coverage and frowns. But there might be a solution, although it is less than perfect.

The HTC One X

The HTC One X

During a visit to the FCC by the HTC One X and its Tegra 3 processor, it was discovered that the device will be equipped with radios tuned to AT&T's HSPA+ bands. What this means, if you are willing to pay the retail price of an unlocked version of the phone as an import, you will be able to use AT&T's HSPA+ network and have the Quad-core power that you wanted. Besides the extra cost over a subsidized handset, you need to understand that you won't be riding the carrier's LTE pipeline but then again, not too many will be. All you will need is your AT&T SIM card to make the connection. And we should see unlocked versions of the phone available from Amazon.co.uk and other European retailers next month when the phone is expected to launch.

Now that we have brightened up your day, we hate to remind you that it is Monday!

source: FCC via PocketNow

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posted on 12 Mar 2012, 00:56

1. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


International versions of any phone always worry me about the warranty. Are they all covered here in US in case something goes wrong with the phone? Amazon sells phones that say "no warranty"...

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 01:20

2. Kaze105 (Posts: 19; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Considering low coverage of LTE and even proof from Verizon that LTE isnt that wanted yet, AT&T is better off selling the Quad core with Tegra 3. They would probably sell a lot more of that one instead of the LTE version.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 02:37 2

3. torr310 (Posts: 304; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


the dual-core and quad-core are from different companies and technology. You can't say quad-core is better just because it has 2 cores more. we need more evidence to judge.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 02:53 1

4. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Even though...I know that s4 performance is relatively equivalent to tegra3...but my heart is too much inclined towards 4 cores :)

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 03:03 1

6. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)


It does sound much better but I don't mind. Its not like we can see the internals.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 08:06 1

10. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


4+1 cores, lol The Tegra 3 is a quadcore processor with 5 cores

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 02:58 1

5. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)


I still don't understand why people are so bummed about the dual core S4 replacement... Benchmarks have proven that the S4 is quite comparable to the tegra if not faster. I'll be trading my note for a one xl when it arrives no doubt. I only hope that the battery can hold its own being non-removable.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 06:23

7. babyk (Posts: 197; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


YeP YeP The word quad core makes you feel like yeh im gonna get the quad core cuz its a quad core and its sounds better than s4 dual core but look at it this way are there apps to take advantage of quad core? im sure there arent many which we will use every minute of the day on a day to day basis. S4 has proven its far off better than tegra 3 cpu performance wise and gpu wise i dont see it trails far behind as well. Imo its not enough gpu performance of the tegra 3 to choose it over the s4

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 07:01 1

8. jaytai0106 (Posts: 822; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I would love the At&t version to be quad core as well. But hey, both T3 and S4 are gonna be a lot faster than my old Atrix, so I will be happy to get it regardless. I haven't really been playing a lot of games on my phone and just simply I'm a console person. I did download a few ¢49 games on my Xoom. They are cool to play on tablet but still not the same as using a controller :/

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 07:20

9. JBz007 (Posts: 62; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I was really hoping the T3 version was coming to Verizon. Maybe next time...

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 09:08

11. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Hooray for unlocked phones !

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 12:43 1

12. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


AT&T's HSPA+ network is actually pretty fast, so most people shouldn't worry about slow data speeds. After all, AT&T phones revert to HSPA+ if LTE isn't in the area, so it's win-win either way.

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