As it turns out today is a good day to be an HTC fan — the Taiwanese company announced earlier this morning that the revamped HTC One X+ was in fact a real thing, and now AT&T has just confirmed that it will carry that new flagship device later this year.
Interestingly, the One X+ won’t be alone either, as AT&T has also announced that it will sell the lower-end HTC One VX alongside it when they both launch in the “coming months.”
I won’t spend too much time rehashing the One X+ — aside from its 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 64GB of internal storage, the Jelly Bean-powered phone is largely the same device that AT&T already launched earlier this year. What’s arguably more notable here is the addition of a previously-unknown One series handset to AT&T’s roster.
THe One VX features a 4.5-inch display running at 960×540 (coated in Gorilla Glass, naturally), as well as a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera, NFC, and 8GB of internal storage. The spec sheet may not be a world-changer, but it’s got a solid chance at selling well if AT&T prices it accordingly. That said, the One VX has two distinct disadvantages when compared to the recently-refreshed One X+ — it doesn’t run the same up-to-date version of Android that its bigger brother does (though Ice Cream Sandwich still has plenty of life left in it), and at 9.19mm it’s a thicker device to boot.
Of course, that didn’t stop HTC from touting it as one of the “slimmest unibody form factors” in the industry — you’ve just got to love that spin.
There’s no official word on pricing yet, but The Verge has learned that AT&T will continue to sell the original One X at a lower price point rather that discontinue it entirely. Naturally, the two new models will slot in above and below that price point (currently $99), but we’ll likely have to wait a bit before the official price tags are released.
Oh, and one bit of parting bad news for T-Mobile customers — AT&T refers to the One X+ as an exclusive in its release, so the dream of a fully fleshed-out HTC One family riding on T-Mo’s airwaves may remain just that.