So, You Are Disappointed T-Mobile Didn’t Get The HTC One X? You Shouldn’t Be.

Let’s just get this right out of the way to clear any up confusion and more importantly, to stop the complaints I see popping up in the HTC One S post comments. The AT&T version of the HTC One X DOES NOT have a quad-core processor, it has a dual-core processor. So yes, it appears to be a better phone, but with the exception of battery size and and screen size, they are almost identical handsets. AT&T’s press release clearly says they DID NOT get the quad-core model:

“… The HTC One X smartphone’s next-generation 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 dual-core processor allows customers to run heavy duty tasks such as creating and editing homemade videos smoothly without any lag, while the 1,800 mAh embedded battery offers hours of uninterrupted entertainment time. …”

Everyone got that?

So let’s take a look at some tests the boys over at AnandTech performed and I take their tests with absolute faith, these guys are good at what they do:

Moving down the lineup is the HTC One S, but you don’t give up performance (in reference to the One X) to get here. The One S trades in the Tegra 3 or MSM8960 for a Qualcomm MSM8260A, another Krait based 28nm SoC but without integrated LTE. The CPU cores in the One S also operate at up to 1.5GHz, making its performance identical (in theory) to the HTC One XL.

The body moves from plastic to aluminum and drops in thickness to a mere 7.9mm

The screen shrinks compared to the One X/XL down to 4.3-inches. The Super AMOLED (PenTile) panel features a 960 x 540 (qHD) resolution. The front facing camera drops to a VGA resolution, while the rear facing camera (and lens assembly) remain unchanged from the One X.

Battery capacity drops to 1650mAh (6.105Whr @ 3.7V), but power requirements should be lower as well thanks to the smaller, lower resolution screen. Like the One X, the S features 1GB of LPDDR2.

Storage capacity drops to 16GB of eMMC on-board but you still do get 25GB of free storage via Dropbox. 1080p is supported on both the video encode and decode.

So yes, battery size changes, the screen size is different by 0.4 inches and yet, for the most part, with this paragraph as evidence, performance hardly changes between the two devices.

I urge you to head on over to the AnandTech link at the end of the post, read the post and hit the charts at the end to see actual performance scores.


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  • Anonymous

    What people should start realizing is that we are all at a point now where processing power on a phone isn’t a tangible spec anymore.  Say the HTC One S came with a quad core Tegra… so what?  What could you POSSIBLY pull off on that quad core that you couldn’t on that dual core?

    We’re not in the days of the G1 anymore when we would look in envy of all those 1Ghz phones.  People should start gauging things that are tangible like screen size, screen quality, battery life, build quality, resolution.  Those are the things that matter.

    • Roger

      Indeed.  I still haven’t heard of any example where someone would be affected by the processor speed.  I’d love to experience it for myself.  Arguably the most important performance part is the builtin flash storage since it is read and written to so much, and most programs cannot continue until reads or writes have completed.

  • antoine harrison

    Ive been a fan of all of what HTC has been doing ever since I got the Tmobile MDA phone. all of my phones since then has been HTC I think this will be a great phone, but Im waiting to get the new Galaxy S3 thats what Ive got my hopes up for. Im interested in seeing what Samsung is gonna be bringing to Tmobile this year. As hard as it is for me to say Tmobile has been loosing out with some of these really nice hot phones when you compare them to other companies. I was pissed to see the Galaxy Note come to At&t and not Tmobile. 

  • Ryan

    After seeing this, I have no regrets about getting my Amaze 5 months ago. Not sure how the One S is any better, especially after the Amaze ICS upgrade.

    • JBLmobileG1

      Hopefully after this announcement they still update our Amaze to ICS. And even so hopefully it won’t be rushed with bugs.

    • Anonymous

       since the amaze’s dual core (snapdragon S3) is significantly slower and more power hungry than the S4.. i’d say the S is much better. Enjoy your laggy GUI!

      • Ryan

         Haven’t noticed any lag at all.  But I do enjoy my non-pentile display, and my hardware camera button, and I’ll enjoy ICS when it is released.  For a phone that it still unreleased, I’m glad I’ve had my Amaze for the past 5 months, and didn’t hold out for this.

  • Guest

    Article is clueless.  This phone is terrible by comparison.

    1. Super AMOLED PenTile qHD Screen is trash compared to 720p SLCD-2 HD screen.

    2. The FFC is terrible by comparison.

    3. It loses half the storage capacity of the One X, and still doens’t have a MicroSD Slot if I’m mistaken – that alone makes it a showstopper for many people.  Don’t care about DropBox T-Mobile 3G here is like 200kbps with a full signal and their coverage is terrible.

    4. Yes, has an AMOLED screen and a smaller battery + smaller/lower rez screen, but my experience with the battery drain from Samsung Screens has been abysmal.  That battery is too small, period, for a 4.3″ Android device.

    5.  The only things they did that actually made sense in this phone:

    a.  Put a dual core in it.  Quad Core is not even worth paying a premium for at this point.

    b.  Shrink the screen to 4.3″, cause anything larger than that is a huge turn off to a lot of people in my experience.  I went to Best Buy with some friends and they all laughed histerically at the Galaxy Note.  HTC didn’t help the ONe X in this regard by putting capacity buttons on it, which actually adds a bit more height to the phone compared to something like the Galaxy Nexus which has basically the same screen size.

    Bonus Point:  It’s pretty pathetic to have the best camera on a phone with an LED flash.  Xenon flash please?

    • hani ghanma

       Excellent comment. Spot on. Nokia has had Xenon flash on it’s phones for a while now but it seems they went back to LED with the newer phones.

  • Guy Techie

    This is what happens when you release so many phones with similar names. I’m confused, too. I am a gadget freak, but with the HTC One, I don’t know what is the different letters for (S, X, XL…).

  • Anonymous

    T-mobile needs 3 phones right now and not another phone with a heavy OEM UI on top of andorid.

    -galaxy nexus hspa+ version
    -Nokia Lumia 800/900 
    – and if we cant get any of those at least give us a bone stock ICS phone ( I know you can root but why cant we just get it from the OEM)

    • J. Williams

      I said the same thing in another thread the other day, simple as that.  You are right….

    • StrongArm

      Best comment I’ve seen all week!

    • Giraffe

      I feel you here, I’d love to see a top-end WinPhone on T-Mo’s lineup.  I think one of the biggest reasons why Windows Phone doesn’t get the credit it deserves is that no device out there retails at the top-end.  I understand that single core processors don’t sound as fancy, but when the device is optimized for single core, the battery life is significantly better than any other smartphone on the market, it’s an easy decision to make.

      As much as I’m sure it may be a good subscribership decision to get the iPhone, I think T-Mobile covers the strengths of the iPhone well with their top end Android and WinPhone selection.  An ICS device would seal the deal on that, though.  Some of the features on ICS really blow the “innovation” of the iPhone out of the water.  When you’re only new feature is Siri, you’re not doing enough to build your product up.  Show me widgets, Apple.

      • Anonymous

        I use to be all about the specs until I sold my LG G2x and bought a HTC HD7 to try windows out and I have to say for a phone that has 2year old specs windows phone is as smooth as butter never crashes as much as I like Andorid I have to say the OS that Microsoft put together is no joke. Your right that windows phones don’t get the credit they deserve
        but that’s Microsoft fault for putting out a bad product 3 to 5 years ago with the original windows mobile and now that they have a great product they have to convince all the people that jumped shipped to blackberry, IOS and Android to try it all over again

    • Enoel69

      Agree with all three…add one more to the list Sammys GS3 should be a must

    • Don’t Really Care

      I agree.  Will iPhone on Tmo suddenly make Tmo the #1 carrier in the US? Heck no, of course not.  But Tmo is #4 and the #1, #2 and #3 carriers ALL have iPhone, it seems silly to not have it.  Maybe this is Apple’s fault for not manufacturing one that can use Tmo 3G/4G?  But still, should Tmo be harping on them for it?

      Even if you hate the iPhone (I talk about Tmo needing it, but I don’t want one)… here’s the thing;  You’re a consumer on, say, Verizon.  And you wanna check out this iPhone.  So you get it… and ah, you hate it.  It sucks.  You’re locked into a contract… no big deal, go sell that thing and get some money for it and then buy another handset on Verzion.  Yes, somewhat easier said than done, but that’s a buffer that customers of the big 3 are sure to have.    

      What happens on Tmo?  You got an Android device and don’t like it? Ok, here… choose from another Android device.  Oh, you just didn’t like Android?  Oh well.

  • Azazellov

    I’m very disappointed that T-mobile doesn’t ANY phone yet that has a 720p screen. Plus removing the SD card reader (which means the phone has less storage than my HD2, I have a 32 GB sd card) and the small 1650 mAh battery doesn’t help. It really is an updated Sensation 4G, not a flagship phone. If T-mobile at least had a Galaxy Nexus or a Galaxy Note, then I would understand… I have 5 lines with T-mobile and I’m getting tired of AT&T and Verizon getting the best phones….

    • Daniel

       The battery should be fine because the processor uses up 40% less power than the S3 processor in previous models.

      • Vim

        If you use it heavily for an extended period of time in an area where there is no accessible outlet, or if you simply forget to charge it overnight, it’s nice to be able to just slap in a spare battery. 

        And keep in mind that even if the theoretical battery life improvement turns into significant actual improvement, it may still not be enough for heavier users. 

        • Giraffe

          Perhaps this isn’t the right top-end phone for people who use their phone constantly.  After all, at least 90% of users don’t carry a second battery for their phone “just in case” at all times.  If you’re still interested in the phone as a high-end user that’s on the device at all times, consider getting a battery charger that hooks up to your microUSB slot, I hear those come pretty cheap nowadays.  Or, if you want to go the more expensive route, get your hands on a case that has an extended battery built in… that way you don’t even have to take the time out to pull the battery and shut down the phone like you do with your current phone.

        • Vim

          microUSB battery chargers require that you be near a computer (or some other complex piece of electronics) and are slow to charge.  A spare battery is more portable than any charger.  In addition, a spare battery can be found for around $5 from Amazon or eBay’s marketplace while an extended battery case will run you over $50. 

        • Anonymous

          the iPhone has no removable battery and see how many people buy it…

          that said I too don’t like the idea of non-removable battery since after about a year it starts to degrade and can’t hold a charge as much for as long. But I guess that’s our future we’ll have to deal with soon on high-end phones if we want them

        • Enoel69

          In my view…the future of high-end phones is to follow Motorola’s lead when it comes to battery capacity. With the additional power savings by the current and future crop of chipsets…we will see devices probably lasting 24+hrs.

      • Anonymous

         and what happens when the phone crashes or freezes? can’t just hard reset it

        • Don’t Really Care

          This is what I was wondering… my last 3 smartphones, all of various different operating systems, for whatever reason, had freezes or lock up where the power button became unresponsive as well.  The only solution then was to pull the battery.   Are we saying phones that don’t have removable batteries NEVER lock up?  If they do, what is the solution?

        • a guy

          If it’s anything like the radar or other HTC phones released with a non-removable battery there will be a virtual battery pull or a switch on the sim door.

    • Giraffe

      small 1650 mAh battery?  I can only think of one phone that has more than 1700…

    • Anonymous

      the huawei d1 or prism as it will be supposedly called, has a 720p display +ips screen ics n dual core processor also its bigger brother w/ its quad-core processor n better screen , supports 1700 HSPA+ and both have expandable mem slot so any would be a good alternative.

  • Brad

    What do people really need 32GB of microsd for? I have a 32GB on my G2, but it is overkill pretty much. And who cares if you can’t take out your battery?

    I’m excited about this phone, but may be more interested in waiting on the Galaxy SIII. I guess the next few months will be the key.

    • Mark Caswell

      Taking 1080p video on a phone is nice, but not if you are always worried about storage space. Limits how many pictures/movies/videos/tv shows and things you can keep with you. Match that with limits on 3G and well… there goes the idea of streaming everything. Give me more local storage please. Thank you.

      Taking out the battery? Two reasons… hard reset of the phone by taking the battery out and second reason… I carry a fully charged replacement battery with me. So if I’m stuck at 2% without a plug I can just swap batteries. Not being able to take out the battery is just a bad design decision… and will always be a bad design decision.

      Just like not having a flash on the phone or a dedicated camera button or an led alert light. These arent’ essential features… but just PUT THEM ON THE DANG PHONES ALREADY because having them is nice and convenient.

    • Anonymous

       32gb+ memory – not everyone streams their music, even if they do stream, they may not always have a connection, and not want to use so much data so often. Why do you think apple makes 32 and 64gb iphones? because people don’t use the space? Then there’s the numerous high res pictures and videos you’d take.

      As for the battery, I wouldn’t mind if it was larger or if they have a way to do hard resets without taking the battery out. If the battery is removable, you can easily swap it with a charged battery instead of finding a charger or bringing a charger around with you. If it isn’t.. then you have a dead phone until you find a charger..

  • Azazellov

    Yeah I’m going to wait for the Galaxy SIII or if t-mobile releases an HTC phone with a large 720p screen then I’ll get it…

  • rock1234

    I dont see much of a difference compared to Sensation.AMOLED for LCD, Krait for Scorpion, 1650 mAh for 1520 mAh, 16GB vs 1GB internal memory and sleek. I think, being one of the top phone makers, HTC can do better than these nominal upgrades.

    • Giraffe

      Is there anyone else doing better than nominal upgrades?  Really?

      • Anonymous

         tbh, w/ all the talk about a new hero strategy, I’m sure a lot of people were expecting more. Then again, maybe this isn’t part of their “hero” strategy and is just a filler before the real stuff comes?

  • Sam1234

    The phone that’s coming to tmobile is the huawei ascend d1 and its only dual coming its coming in april

  • Adam Pranda

    Some websites such as Engadget and Slashgear are saying that the unlocked version of the One X supports AWS frequencies. Can this info be verified somehow?

  • Adam Pranda

    Some websites such as Engadget and Slashgear are reporting that the unlocked version of the One X supports AWS frequencies. Can this be verified somehow?

    • Anonymous

      well the S4 Krait supports anything from GSM and CDMA to LTE to HSPA+ to EDGE in all kinds of frequencies so technically other than being disabled at the software level there’s no reason why AWS won’t be available.

      • Conan Kudo (???????)

        There’s no radio structure (power amps, antennae, etc.) for the AWS band for HSPA+. It’s physically not possible to connect to an AWS HSPA+ network.

        • Anonymous

          in the phone itself or the chip? I thought they put  everything needed inside the S4

        • J-Hop2o6

           The actual antenna, no. But yea, the S4 supports most basebands.

        • Anonymous

          Bummer, there goes my excitement for multi-band phones

  • Anonymous

    Weaker cousin with qHD and pentile for T-Mobile, spin harder

    • Giraffe

      I’ll trade qHD and pentile for a smaller size on a phone any day of the week.  Anything above 4.3 is just plain unwieldy, and 4.3 is even a little rough.  Also, between the pentile display and the more efficient dual core processor, we won’t feel the inevitable “I’m running LTE and my battery sucks” complaint that I see from every Verizon LTE phone on the market.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not necessarily disappointed that tmobile didn’t get the One X, I’m disappointed that htc, once again, produced a bunch of compromised phones.

    Here’s my short pro/con list so far(of the one S):

    –SAMOLED screen
    –snapdragon S4
    –upgraded camera w/ dedicated camera chip

    –no shutter button – Why even upgrade the camera if you’re going to remove that? tapping the screen is retarded.
    –htc sense – works great but makes the phone laggy. Even if there’s a 10core chip that’s supposed to make it seamless, I’d know a sense-less phone with the same hardware would be faster
    –4.3″ screen – SAMOLED is nice, but 4.3″ is a bit too small for a phone packing such a powerful processor. 4.5-4.8 is the sweet spot, noticeably larger than 3.7-4″, but not awkward like a 5.2″ Since we’re not getting the one x, this phone is on my “maybe” list instead of “want” list.
    –16gb storage – I will now need to halve my music selection just because they opted not to give us 32gb
    –non-removable/embedded 1650mAH battery – did they not learn with the amaze? we need bigger batteries! even worse, we can’t do hard resets because the dam thing is embedded!
    –1gb memory – again, they didn’t learn with the amaze? my amaze constantly was using 700+mb of memory, open a few apps and it nears 800mb, would an extra 1gb buffer hurt?

    Overall, i’m disappointed because it seems like htc still doesn’t “get it” and this phone is much lower on my list than previously. I’ll now be waiting for official specs of the iphone 5 and galaxy s 3 before i buy

    • Ismael Nen

      I for one am hating anything larger than 4.3″. I really hate how most phones with 4″ which I prefer, are getting low hardware treatment. That’s why I like this one, It’s actually high end, for an april release phone, but with 4.3″, and not as garbage as the Sensation. I would prefer Stock Android though, but this phone  is gonna become a dev favorite you’ll see.

    • ihatefanboys

      anonymous huh ? well youre full of it…even if you REALLY have that much music, no one listens to that much music, or even if they did, they wouldnt carry it all on their phone. 16GB is enough. Though i like the option to upgrade the memory, at least its not 8GB or even less. i tend to get upset at people that get “disappointed” over the specs of a phone, so dont take this personally. i also hate people not confident enough in their comments to actually post some kind of a name.

      • Anonymous

         i have much much more than 32gb of music. That’s why apple makes 64gb iphones and 160gb ipods

  • Anonymous

    After comparing the S model with the X on GSMarea. I was very disappointed. Then again I’m happy with my HTC Amaze.

  • Biteme

    I more then happy with t-mobile getting htc one S with 4.3 screen i really didn’t want 4.7 that htc X has for at&t but it really bites that they get 32gig and t-mobile only gets 16 gig

  • Jon

    The international One X supports DC-HSPA+ on the AWS band…

    Stop whining and just get the International version.

    • Conan Kudo (???????)

      No it doesn’t. The international HTC One X supports DC-HSPA+ on 850MHz (Cellular), 900MHz (GSM), 1900MHz (PCS), and 2100MHz (IMT). 1700MHz/2100MHz (AWS) is not supported.

    • Conan Kudo (???????)

      No it doesn’t. The international HTC One X supports DC-HSPA+ on 850MHz (Cellular), 900MHz (GSM), 1900MHz (PCS), and 2100MHz (IMT). 1700MHz/2100MHz (AWS) is not supported.

  • jon

    For power users the deal breaker is with the uni-body (non-removable battery) and the screen rez. As a former Amaze owner, 1650 just isn’t going to get it done. I don’t care about the claim that the processor is more efficient. Battery life has always been an issue with smartphones and I don’t imagine this latest chipset is going to change those issues overnight. For the ignorant (and I don’t mean that in a mean way) iphone or casual user, the battery doesn’t matter. But android community still has a very geeky (and I don’t mean that in a mean way either) customer base. We love to unlock, root, mod with extended batteries, etc. HTC made an error in design here. It seemed as though they were trying to get back to their roots with the unlocked bootloaders, but the they completely missed the boat with this battery design.
    Also, don’t even get me started on the capacitive buttons. In my opinion those damn things need to die. Manufactures can give their customers a larger viewable screen without making the device larger buy using on-screen buttons. I love my Galaxy Nexus and ICS really solved a major eye sore by getting rid of those buttons. Phone makers better stop cheating customers out of viewable screen by wasting space with capacitive buttons..customers will catch on to this bs once they use a device that doesn’t waste space with capacitives.

  • David

    Did you see my deciding for you? I’m only giving you the right information so you can make the decision for yourself. If you read the post again, you would notice that I am trying to ensure that people who were originally complaining about the One X on AT&T were aware that the phone wasn’t arriving with a quad-core processor.

    • guest

      You’re telling us how to feel in the headline: “So you are disappointed…You shouldn’t be”.  I learned a long time ago that telling someone how they should be feeling (ex-girlfriends of course) is not a smart move.  And I am a bit disappointed:  No NFC, GB of storage vs. GB.  Not that it’s a big deal.  Just pointing it out.

      • guest

        Should be “16 GB of storage vs. 32 GB”

      • Chris

        So if it’s not a big deal, why point it out.

    • Jason

      What you fail to realize, is that if T-Mobile got the One X, it would be Quad-Core.. that chip isn’t compatible with AT&T’s LTE radio… Would be fine on T-Mobile.. But no, we get the budget S… 

  • Anonymous

    The editor isn’t telling you what to get, that was simply a clarification.  I think you are upset that t-mobile usually gets the smart phone versions with less polish than the other carriers get.

  • Anonymous

    The same thing can be said for the Nokia Lumia. We got the weaker one while AT&T got the Lumia 900. We will also be getting the cheapest of the Huawei Ascend D line (Prism/D1). I really don’t understand why we always get the cheap stuff/water down version.

    • Don’t Really Care

      Who will take a bet that Tmobile USA will also pick up the Lumia 610?  All you have say is ‘budget phone’ and Tmo is on it like white on rice.

      Its pretty funny… I used to be so annoyed by Tmo’s lackluster offerings, or, at the least, getting shorter ends of the sticks.  Then I came to accept it and just appreciated my Tmobile service and pricing and figured I’d always resolve to ‘get the best phone Tmo has to offer’.  But now I find myself coming around to being bothered by it again. I did some pricing comparisons and realized I’d only pay $25 or more or so a month if I jumped to At&t.  That’s not chump change in the long run, but at the same time… i want a REAL choice in phones.  I want to be able to choose from WP7, Android, iPhone or even Blackberry, both high-end and budget in ALL categories. If all I got to choose from is 2 decent Android phones and everything else budget or outdated, then I will NEVER sign a contract.

  • HidingForNow

    Anyone with a Sensation or an Amaze are not getting a major update if they opt for this phone for whatever reason. Wait it out until Q3, those of us with Sensations remember how in just a few months our phones were pretty much put out to pasture by TMO. Also, the fact that they opted for qualcom make me think something else is on its way with NVIDIA or better.

    • J-Hop2o6

       You know the S4 (which is inside the One S) is better than the Tegra 3 right? Already been proven. The S4 is no slouch.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a sensation 4G owner and yes, the One S does look awesome but not enough for me to upgrade.

    I just hope HTC & T-Mobile hurry and push out ICS to us.

  • Christian Starling


    • Anonymous

      the phone may be specced the way carrier wants it or because of costing less $$

    • Ted

      Since this was done to accommodate LTE it is still possible the TMo could get a version with the quad-core processor since they only need HSPA+

    • J-Hop2o6

       You know the S4 (which is inside the One S) is better than the Tegra 3 right? Already been proven. The S4 is no slouch.

  • Anonymous

    did it get stripped cuz of LTE support or what?

    • Ted

      Yep… they changed to the Qualcomm chip to get the integrated support for LTE.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks I miss one day of news and u miss out on allot of info

        • J-Hop2o6

           You know the S4 (which is inside the One S) is better than the Tegra 3 right? Already been proven. The S4 is no slouch.

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the Nokia 808 PureView. 41mp camera, NFC, AMOLED screen, HDMI, Xenon Flash, USB On-the-go, and even supports T-mo 1700mhz. Probably my next phone. David, any chance Tmo might get it?

    • Jhartsb

      41 mega pixels is down right useless on a cell phone. The pictures are going to be huge files, therefore you won’t be able to store as much. Also the dang phone is FUGLY.

      • Anonymous

        Actually no, the files are still the same size as with an 8 MP camera, but since it actually captures a photo at 41 MP and scales it down to about 8 MP, the photos are much better. It also has sensor that’s 3 times as large as a regular phone’s camera.
        It is ugly but it’s their first model. I’m sure they’ll manage to shrink its size and adapt it for Windows Mobile later.

        • Lawless_1

           The sensor on the 808 has 41 million pixels, more than any other camera
          phone out there. However, compared to other sensors, the individual
          pixels on the 808 sensor are much smaller, which means they would be
          able to capture less light and thus, less detail. How how is this better
          than a traditional 5 or 8 megapixel sensor?

  • Meow

    If you want to pay less for service, be prepared to have watered down phones. I mean I’ve been working for T-mobile for 3 years and I love the company. But people expect so much out of the 4th ranked provider who wants to challange the others by offering a super competitive rate. If they are making less money they can’t buy the more expensive versions. If you want a more powerful phone and only a 14.4 mbps network go to AT&T. But if you want to continue to push the envelope with a possible 72 mbps network and pay 40 dollars a month less for service then stop complaining.

  • Dominic Cash

    the one X is a disapointment compared to the XL. T-Mobile is getting second rate phones. Which is sad for the consumer. The One XL has better build quality and overall features so we should be disapointed

  • Vcelj

    No sd-card, I will not buy a new phone without expandable memory. Drop-Box does not count. IMO the new phones keep getting stripped of the most important features.

  • Jason

    You are comparing this to the AT&T version of the One X. Which was moved to dual-core because the quad-core chip isn’t compatible with their LTE radio. The REAL One X is quad-core. If T-Mobile had gotten rights to the X, it would have been quad-core. Stop trying to sell me budget phones. I want a premium phone.. for once.

    • StrongArm

      Buy it outright unlocked then, if that’s what you really want or must have. Premium taste require premium dollars, so spend the money or shut the fudge up. #justsaying

      • YellowRex

        International One X isn’t compatible with T-Mobile’s AWS bands.  :(

  • Buzz76

    Honestly I want a phone with a Tegra 3 processor. Love Nvidia, love HTC, love large screens, hate AT&T. Yep, sorry still disappointed. 

  • Which way is Up?

    It’s a nice looking phone, no doubt but it is crippled by the fact that it has non removable storage and battery-limiting its appeal to those like me who have a history with HTC.  HTC is infamous for poor battery life.  Also, we have no idea how that 16 Gig of internal storage will be partitioned.  If it’s anything like the international Sensation XL, you will NOT be getting 16 Gigs of storage.

    The processor is seeing great marks and the screen itself may not be such a turn off in person and everyday use.  The main concern here is lack of removable storage and battery.

    As a consumer, we have choices.  You can moan all you want or do something about it.  Just be smart and know what you are investing in.  T Mobile does offer better prices and good service to most.  Those that feel otherwise can simply sell their phone and pay off the ETF and go elsewhere.

    You can also look into international phones. Just do your research and make sure it is compatible with our network.  It is not the end of the world, also consider that there will be other options.  We’re still in the first quarter of 2012…

  • YellowRex

    Is this the same pentile amoled screen that was in the Droid Razr?  I’m pretty happy with the screen in my Galaxy S Vibrant and I just learned that it was pentile.  I had no idea.  I had read these awful things about the Droid Razr’s qHD pentile screen, but never knew mine was pentile.  So does it really make that much of a difference?  Was the Droid Razr’s screen that bad?  What will the One S screen be like?  I’m so confused.

    • Vim

      It depends…

      1) Some people have sharper eyes than others.
      2) Some pentiles are better than others.
      3) The differences are less pronounced at higher resolutions than lower ones.
      4) Some tasks make the difference more obvious than others.  For example, if you spend large amounts of time reading black or gray text on a white background (most web pages for example) on your handset, then the likelihood of your being bothered by the checkerboarding/sawtooth effect on pentile displays goes up significantly, especially if you’re already used to the clean straight lines on a high quality non-pentile.  

      It’s kind of amusing to watch two people argue about whether person A is imagining the difference or person B is simply blind.  Personally I can see the difference and prefer non-pentile when the resolutions are equal, but I’d take a high quality 720p pentile like on the Galaxy Nexus over a qHD non-pentile any day.

      The One S will have a pentile super amoled like the Vibrant, but the display resolution will be higher, qHD instead of WVGA.  If you’re happy with your Vibrant’s display then you’ll most likely be more than happy with the One S’s display too.  The most important judges of all are your own eyes. Check it out yourself before buying it, and if your eyes like the display then go for it.

      • YellowRex

        Wow, thank you for the well-reasoned and insightful comment.  You’re like the exact opposite of what I’ve come to expect from Internet comments.

        I’m going to guess what really matters is the effective ppi.  Pentile reduces the effective ppi compared to non-pentile displays.  So if the Galaxy S (WVGA, 4″) at 233 ppi didn’t bother me, the One S (qHD, 4.3″) at 256 ppi will probably be an improvement in both screen resolution and pixel density.  That is the same as the “infamous” Droid Razr display (qHD, 4.3″, 256 ppi) but I probably won’t notice at all.

        Unless I do a side-by-side with a non-pentile Super AMOLED Plus display like the GS2 or a really top-notch SLCD like the One X.

        So anyway, the upshot is that I will probably be very happy with a One S, pentile or no.

  • YellowRex

    The international One X has a quad-core Tegra 3.  The LTE AT&T One X has a dual-core Snapdragon S4.