HTC One X+ smartphone breaks cover with intriguing Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC

HTC has officially replaced its flagship smartphone, the One X, with a new model called the One X+, which adds a few important improvements without actually making the phone bigger (even if it is slightly heavier).

The most important adaption with the One X+ is the change in SoC with the Nvidia Tegra 3 AP37 replacing the AP33 in the One X and the One XL, pushing out Qualcomm’s MSM8960 in the process.

The AP37 gets a 13 per cent speed bump from 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz with the GPU speed raised by 25 per cent to 520MHz. The most important differentiation is that the GPU can now handle a primary display resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 (full HD), compared to 1,366 x 800 previously.

This paves the way for the rather interesting prospect of having a smartphone with a full HD display. Other features include 1GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB onboard storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera with AF/LED, an 1.6-megapixel front camera, the same 4.7in 1,280 x 720 pixel display and a 7.77Whr 2100mAh battery, an improvement on the previous HTC One X.

HTC says that the One X+ non LTE is up to 27 per cent faster than the HTC One X non LTE (based on its internal benchmarks) and provides up to 50 per cent extra talk time for the LTE version.

The One X+ uses either an Intel X-Gold XMM6260 or the MDM9215 baseband chipset for the US and for the global market respectively. And, as expected, it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The phone will be available in Europe and North Asia in October 2012 with pricing (PAYG, SIM Free and on contract) yet to be confirmed.