(Updated) So, About That HTC Era 42…It’s The HTC One X+ For T-Mobile

Update: We’ve just been dropped a line from Taylor of Androidandme fame telling us that the “plus” sign relates to the Tegra 3 plus, meaning this One X for T-Mobile will have a 1.7GHz processor. How about them apples? 

There are times when I’m glad to be wrong, and it’s not that I’m actually wrong in hypothesizing that the HTC Era 42 could have turned out to be the G3 for T-Mobile, there were some hints along the way to help get me there. Instead, I’m happy to say that we’ve been able to confirm with at least a small level of certainty that the HTC Era 42 is in fact the HTC One X+ for T-Mobile.

So, about that “plus” sign after the X — yeah, I have no idea what that means. Perhaps it’s just a way to differentiate the device name from AT&T, or perhaps it has something to do with HSPA+, we truly don’t know. What we do know is that all the stars are aligning for the HTC One X to launch on T-Mobile, a rumor we almost entirely forgot about.

Thankfully, hose rumors from late February are now being proven right, some five months later as the HTC One X+ is destined for T-Mobile in September. Get your wallets ready.

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  • Sharklover

    I’m sure it will also not have sd card or Replaceable battery so won’t take much away from S3 which still will be much better. HTC beats audio not so good.

  • None

    Watch them go an put a slider keyboard on it or something silly.  This appears to be too good for it to be TMO.

    • Auser72

      I seriously doubt it will have a keyboard. A slideout with a screen that size(4.7″+) would feel like a brick.

    • randomnerd_number38

       Don’t get my hopes up :(

  • fixxmyhead

    impressive but its an HTC so its a NO!!! 

    until they make them super easilly hackable just with odin no s-on garbage i will never buy these phone. 

    Samsung- odin+tar file= done .how easy was that its like noob proof. theres no adb or command windows to run just install odin and find the tar file and click the start button  and ur done

    HTC- HTCdevunlock crap+ s-on (which i still dont know what the hell this is for)=??WTF. wait i unlocked the bootloader but still have s-on can i still flash roms? other guy- yea u can still flash roms with s-on through fastboot ; ME- wtf so why do i even have to mess with this crap why is it even there. ugh i dont even have to mess with this garbage on samsung phones. so  confusing when dealing with an HTC phones

    • ogopogo

       True Dat.

    • souggie

      And the software AND hardware will still be be even better than the gs3 ESPECIALLY if it uses the s4 pro. Hell you throw 1 extra GB of ram, NFC and an SD card slot on the one s and it becomes essentially a 16gb gs3. I love my gs3 but my nexus with JB is twenty times better IMO, So my gs3 is gonna be sold to acquire a nexus 7 and this new HTC one x +

      • jelliottz

        The HTC One X (inerntional) is Tegra 3, and the article says this will be Tegra 3 also. I’m going to guess you’re SOL on a S4 Pro. Not saying I wouldn’t want to see that, but odds are not in its favor.

        • souggie

          True, but I’ll still cop a tegra 3 HTC one x with the same specs as a gs3 tho :). I believe in HTC!

      • Doc

        Add NFC, SD slot, and a GB of RAM. Sounds like you’re getting the lesser phone if you have to add all of that to get up to a GS3

        • souggie

          And the HTC one x has everything except the extra gig of ram…so the point of that comment was……? And the gnex still outdoes the gs3 in terms of performance with JB. Its still kinda laggy and pop up play is not smooth, however it is innovative

        • souggie

          The gs3, that is, is the kinda laggy one, not the nexus….however I’m due for upgrade on my second line…so if the HTC one x doesn’t meet my spec needs then I’ll return to the gs3 and wait for the JB update. I can get a nexus 7 and either a gs3 or HTC one x with the money I got by selling my gs3

        • souggie

          And there just like that! Sold for 600.00. Gotta love eBay

    • souggie

      So you like things to be done for you essentially. Its cool. We get that :)

    • SocalTeknique

      Same here, i’ve just got an Amaze last month but this S-On/-Off, HBoot, HTCDev unlock crap is pissing me off. Im still on Gingerbread (with Bulletproof 2.5 rom) and im not going to fry my SD slot with a paperclip to get S-Off. Also WTF is the 4.0 kernel source HTC? Sorry but HTC is crap.

      Waiting for the next Nexus phone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

      its fairly simple to s-off if you take the time to read instructions not only that s-off only needs to be done once then you just download zip files place them on the sd card and flash them through clockworkmod.

      sure would odin be good? yeah but you cant odin on the go. i have the roms on my sd card and just flash em whenever.

  • Carloslacend

    Well T mo. This phone is going to be a bomb. With the battery replaceable or not. Or SD card or not. Everyone here has a complaint. neither the iPhone can do and no one complains.

    • Noel

      There are reason for that…Android fans are not blind followers…we don’t go for one size fits all…we love to customize our devices if possible. Also if this device comes with no SD card expansion or a replaceable battery, despite its other impressive specs might not do as well as if it came with both specs. Will also hope for a 2GB RAM

  • Cameron

    Yessssss! :)

  • secano

    HAHAHAHAHA YES! YESSS! YESSS!!!

  • Devesh Batra

    where’s the iPhone 5 ?

    • secano

      Not here. Leave.

    • el_migz

      Seriously, get the hell out of here.

    • Joseph Tongret

      Exactly 77 slots below this on the official smartphone rankings chart! Lol, sorry but you know this is a haven for Android Fans!

  • zapote21

    No Touchwiz??  

    • OneXorBUST

      Not even a drop of touchwiz ;-)

    • HelloAmaze

      Thank god

    • TMOTECH

      Considering it is an HTC device and not a Samsung  I would guess no touchwiz 

    • Anonymous

       touchwiz is the worst

  • Silk7412

    It doesn’t matter to me what phone comes out from tmobile right now.
    I’m waiting for the next nexus (hopefully 5 of them) to drop!

    • Andrewjdm95

      Tmo is taking all the AT&T exlusives

  • edward_2k1

    This is great for T-Mobile, Now all they have to do is starting getting devices early when they launch instead of months later(like the Galaxy Note and Now the One X) and we’ll be in business.

    • Get_at_Me

      Carrier exclusivity needs to end. Its not tmobiles fault theyre getting the note late. In an ideal world, carriers would just simply choose if they want to sell a device or not…. Vzw chose not to sell the gs2 and opted for the galaxy nexus…. While all other carriers were left in the cold with the gn.

  • Sidekicker89

    hey TmoTech, any news on the network that you can share? :)

  • JBLmobileG1

    Considering I just updated my device from the Amaze to the Galaxy S 3 32gb I am not really interested. I do like HTC phones however if this phone doesn’t offer a removable battery or sd card slot I don’t think it’ll do too well. If they do offer them along with the specs above HTC may be back in business. I am actually hoping they fixed their mistake with the One S but who knows.

    • Louis B

      Honestly the average consumers dont even take the battery out often let alone carry an extra one.

      • dkbnyc

        I doubt if there are any average consumers here.

        • Louis B

          Only about hundreds of millions of them out there. Who do you think bought the cheap Android phones?

  • Chris

    The BIGGEST question has to be : Will this be a vanilla android device?!! David, please weigh in! Thanks!

    • Keefer45

      I would also like to see this question addressed by somebody more privy to insider info. DAVID let us hear your 2 cents!!

  • FILA

    god damn, i been waiting for this since i heard the rumor, shit, but after i got the Nexus a few months ago, i do love my nexus, but i love the HTC hardware more. 

  • Joseph Tongret

    I’m probably crazy to most, but I have so much faith in magenta. I think they know that they need power moves right now, I think they’re hungry, and I think they feel they have what it takes to become “The Best Carrier in the Us”! The first step toward winning, is believing you can & believing you have to. I know Tmo is the underdog so it looks bleek to alot, but something tells me that they can do it. So, I guess we’ll see if Tmo has what it takes or not, and they are going to need more then just some desirable handsets like this, but I think they are doing a lot of things right with refarming the network, adding lte 10, and expanding working deals to expand their coverage area.

  • Anonymous

    guess i’m returning my 6 day old galaxy s3.. touchwiz is HORRIBLE

    will wait patiently for the htc one x, sense or no sense, it will be better than touchwiz

    • Mark Hennessey

      I hated TW on my Vibrant. I find the approach on the SGS3, um, less intrusive. For me, the pluses of TW outweigh the negatives. 

      But this is really what Android is all about. Different form factors, different presentations, and choices for the consumer. I hope you enjoy your One X+. And if you want a sneak peek, check out the One S. 

  • tomnewtn

    Ok, I think I might finally use my upgrade! How amazing is this? I’ll buy an unlocked iPhone 5 but this sounds like a great move TMO. Hopefully it will be stock, and have that same great display. I’ll probably go for it if it has SENSE however. 

  • tomnewtn

    SD cards fail. I’ll trust a cloud server and my own pc as a backup over an sd card any day!

    • JBLmobileG1

      Anything can fail. Personally I’d rather not have my information stored on someone else’s computer. Didn’t DropBox have a security breach recently? I love sd cards… to be safe just back up the information on it once in a while on your own PC and you’ll be good to go.

      • Guest

        I agree. My own computer is my choice. I might use DB for some things but nothing sensitive. I didn’t hear about a security breach at DB so will have to check in to that. And I don’t want to wait while things transfer via the web, when I can simply drag and drop. I see tradeoffs with most any scenario, but the lack of sd card is one I’ll not concern myself with. My Nokia E7 comes with a cable for use with USB jump drives but I can also backup to PC and then Nokia backs up to their server if you want. It’s worked well for them. 

  • Doug

    Sounds like my next phone, but only if its going to be compatible with TMO’s LTE, otherwise I wait.

  • Guest

    I overheard the techs who were inspecting the T mobile repeater or whatever it is next to my office yesterday talking about where the LTE will go, and it was clear they were in the planning stage for a modification. A previous tech told me that the equipment for iPhones to use 3g on TMO is coming quarter 3.  The LTE addition is well published and again mentioned in this CNET article about the One X+ - 
    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57480236-251/t-mobile-could-get-htc-one-x-this-september/

  • http://twitter.com/ClarkKent113 Kal-El

    So now i gotta make a decision between the Galaxy S3 and this…Tough choice..hmmm

    • tomnewtn

      TEch Crunch said this- 
      What’s more, the rumor also alleged that the device in question would run a stock version of Ice Cream Sandwich instead of HTC’s Sense-ified take on the OS — something that should please all those avid Android tweakers surfing T-Mobile’s spectrum.

      • Garret Hussak

        If it’s going to be released in September, and is running ICS (not JB), then there are some major issues. :) I think your point was about it being vanilla Android, which yes, would be awesome and I do recall from the rumors.

    • guy

      Plus the s3 has major flaws..like.random screen cracks…..google it

    • Louis B

      search for the video review of the SGSIII by “heelsandtech” on Youtube where the reviewer compared the images produced by the AMOLED screen w real life images, you’ll see that AMOLED is incapable of producing true colours. 

  • ComeToTerms

    Ok, this is a beast of a phone.If you just got the Galaxy S3, send it back before the 14 days are up. I myself will stick with the recently purchased, Jelly Bean running Galaxy Nexus. Now if this phone is a vanilla version of Android (which i doubt), it is worth every penny! I personally would wait until November for the release of the new Nexii units. If you can’t wait, then this is the phone to have without question.

    • frigadroid

      It was rumored to be vanilla and that would be a big plus with the ridiculous amount of manufacturers & carriers bloatware now a days. Hate to say it but if I can’t swap media cards I’ll sacrifice the latest greatest htc offering and go with a free sammy just because Im old school and like to keep my collection available anytime. You never know when you might need it.

      • Anonymous

         or you don’t wanna use up data and be forced to stream or have decent wireless connections just to listen to music

  • TherecanbeonlyOne(X)

    About damn time! Now let’s see if T-mo can wrangle an SD micro card slot in there as well (like Sprint did)… and what about SG Note II? When’s it going to drop on T-mo, I wonder?

    • Richard Yarrell

      The good part this is a great addition to the Tmobile family of devices. Right at this time the top dog on every carrier is the Galaxy S3 nothing tops that devices. When this lands on tmobile it will be grat to add but better than the Galaxy S3 that’s very doubtful. Software wise the Galaxy S3 is the BEST SMARTPHONE on the market and that will remain until 2013 unless the GALAXY NOTE 2 comes along and trumps it. Either way Samsung will release the GALAXY NOTE 2 on all carriers in October just like they did the Galaxy S3 this past summer. There will be NO GALAXY NOTE 2 EXCLUSIVE CARRIER that’s for sure ONLY SAMSUNG has the balls to make carriers understand what they will have.

  • Dgkm

    The ‘+’ could mean plus a keyboard. This would still be in line with a G3. The rumor is vanilla android which the G units all share.

    • JustSaying

      Did you miss the article when HTC said they wouldn’t make physical keyboards anymore? :p

      • Herb

        Did you miss the article when HTC said they would be making some physical keyboards in the future but not necessarily right now?

      • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

        I suspect HTC will make whatever if the carrier throws enough money at them.

    • JBrowne1012

      “+” could refer to hspa+ 42

      • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

        Update: We’ve just been dropped a line from Taylor of Androidandme fame telling us that the “plus” sign relates to the Tegra 3 plus, meaning this One X for T-Mobile will have a 1.7GHz processor. How about them apples? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

      Update: We’ve just been dropped a line from Taylor of Androidandme fame telling us that the “plus” sign relates to the Tegra 3 plus, meaning this One X for T-Mobile will have a 1.7GHz processor. How about them apples? 

  • http://twitter.com/robertaustex Robert

    I upgraded to the One S when Best Buy had them for $99. I really wanted the One X. It’s good to see TMO getting better phones. I just wish the One S and One X were released together so I could of upgraded to the phone I wanted. BTW – I’m loving the One S.

  • Newmexican

    Sounds nice, but I still want my G3 and I want it soon 

  • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

    ……
    Update: We’ve just been dropped a line from Taylor of Androidandme fame telling us that the “plus” sign relates to the Tegra 3 plus, meaning this One X for T-Mobile will have a 1.7GHz processor. How about them apples? Folk don’t read

  • Benmartin1974

    I just got my HTC One X and this review http://search4reviews.net/ helped me make up my mind, glad I got it, best phone ive had so far. :)

  • Mike in FL

    Do we know if this phone will definitely not be compatible with TMO’s upcoming 4G network? I hate to use an upgrade on a phone that won’t be forward compatible…

    • Singleweird

      it will not have LTE. its a 42mbps hspa+ device. the new network won’t be available in most markets for a long, long time and the hspa+ is here to stay, so your money  won’t be wasted. you’ll probably want a new phone by then anyway. 

  • Which way is Up?

    As an owner of the international One X on T Mobile, I am very pleased to learn that T Mobile will get its own One X (fashionably late to the party with an updated processor, lol). If it does allow for expandable memory, hopefully, it will be like the Amaze which came with 16 Gigs of internal with expandable storage.  Otherwise, please throw in 32 Gigs.  I’m sure we won’t see 64 Gigs of internal, 16 Gigs would not make sense for the One X+…

  • chaz edwards

    So im guessing nvidia came out with their tegra3+ which is just a tegra3 chip clocked higher and with more capable bands for lte and hspa+ 42mbs. Just stay away from tegra products 4 cores does not mean better than 2. Qualcomm and Exynos  processors are better than it anyway.

    • Which way is Up?

      You are correct. As of right now, 4 cores really does not bring anything new to the table that 2 cores cannot do-in everyday use so, that should not mean stay away.  Also, as far as which chipset is “better,” I know there are benchmark numbers that would back up your statement, however in real life, day to day use, single/dual/quad core chipsets maintain very similar levels of function. 
       
      I’m going by my experience from owning an international Desire HD (single core 1 GHz Snapdragon) to then moving on to the Sensation to the Amaze to then back to a Sensation XE to now a One X.  The only key difference I found was, my Desire HD could not record video in 1080 resolution whereas my Sensation (and every other multicore phone) could.  The only real benefit I see with my quad core One X is the optimized games taking advantage of the NVIDIA GPU which again, doesn’t really mean much to me and many other users I am sure. 
       
      If I want to record quality HD video, I have my movie camera.  If I want to play games I have my PS3.   

    • Snapdragon S4

      Yes you are right. Taylor just answered a question over at Android and Me that pertains to this and said, ” Tegra 3 does not have an integrated modem. Handset makers can pair it with a multiple of different modems that support different networks.” What’s strange is that the only modem from Nvidia that supports HSPA+ 42 is the Icera 410, which I read that it has only been certified for AT&T networks as of now. I’d personally prefer a quad Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 320 but this is okay I guess.

  • Singleweird

    if anyone’s experiencing the hotspot block with tmobile i can walk you through a work-around (no rooting). just figured it out. email me at single weird at gmail dot com with no spaces

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V7NRHBLZKLH6P2YMQOEOD7HE6I Jeremy

    sounds good  hope its better then the g2 or g2x

  • zp

    please please dear god let this have an SD slot, and PURE ICS or JB!!  icing on cake would be 64gb built in!

    • Anonymous

       i think 32gb built in wouldn’t be unreasonable. I just hope tmo and htc work together to give us more.. something like the evo that sprint has now..

      larger battery.. camera button.. sd slot.. etc..

  • theking_13

    I currently have the AT&T HTC One X unlocked on T-Mobile, but unless its something unique or has some nice changes like the EVO 4G LTE, I’ll stay on EDGE.

    S4 chipsets have better battery life and some better performance than the Tegra 3 anyways.

  • 5 a.m.

    The hTC One X+ : the ‘+’ stands for the new Tegra 3+ chip, hence the ‘+’. Tegra 3+ (1.7 ghz quad core and 25% faster GPU) will have 2 chips; Grey will be specifically built to support LTE, which is the first Tegra 3 chip that supports voice over LTE. Wayne is the second one. Both are named under the super hero’s name. Grey for Jean Grey aka Phoenix and Wayne for Bruce Wayne aka Batman.

  • Tomnewtn

    I handled the One X at Costco today and found it to be a nice size and weight. The rep let me check out a white working model, so it wasn’t a dummy. They were unaware of this news so I filled them in, telling to take it with a grain of salt.  Also looked at the NOTE. Thing is huge, and one of Samsung’s nicer builds but no Touchwiz for this guy. I’ll take that 1x please.

  • tekmonkey

    Didn’t think this would happen.  I liked the HTC One but didnt like that it was the dumbed down version.  I ended up getting a SGS 3 from Tmobile (for free) last week.  I just received it in the mail.  Now I am thinking about sending it back and waiting for the HTC One X+.   Anyone use both phones and have an opinion? 

    • Aaron Nguyen

      The HTC One X+ isn’t even out yet…

      • tekmonkey

        I know, thats why I said I would wait for it.

        • k-mack

          But you just asked if anyone used it….lol…

        • Jason Crumbley

          That’s because people can buy it from AT&T and use it on T-mobile’s network. Kind of like the iPhone. 

        • Joseph K

          you cant make use of the HSDPA+ tho … thats what im suffering with the iphone right now lolz… gonna wait for this thing to come out

        • Jason Crumbley

          Your pain should be over in the not too distant future with T-mobile refarming some of their edge network to HSDPA+. 

    • zp

      in my opinion the quality of the htc one x is superior to the sgs3, but i can’t live without SD expansion.  if they get an SD slot, i’ll get this over the sgs3 or note. it would be beyond amazing if this had vanilla android too.

    • zp

      i would also say that touchwhiz is a huge negative and turns me off to almost every samsung product.  the build quality of the note is better than the gs3, but the one x seems the best, considering touchwhiz.

    • sharklover

      The S3 because it has a removable battery and SD card both of  which are huge. If you use the ohones to read alot and play games like Asphalt 7 the battery goes fast. With the S3 it is so fast to change the battery. I love it. HTC made a huge mistake leaving out both features and boy are they paying the price. My guess is Samsung is selling close to 10 to 1.

      • Enoel69

        Very very True…i think those two missing specs make up for one of the reasons the phone is not selling like GS3. The other reason being lack of availability on all the carriers. I held off getting the GS3 a superb device i must add to see what the One X+ and the next Nexus will bring to the table. Both the One X+ and JB Nexus must include SD card slot, replaceable battery and 2GB RAM to really do it for me. Hope the One X+ will also come with stock Android to give it a leg up on the GS3.

  • Youngtexas_balla06

    I have both the One X and GS3, but I’m selling the One X because it lacks features and sd card slot, it’s a great phone but the S3 is just a better all around phone… in my opinion. Th only thing I would say that the One X has is build quality, but I’m in love with the light weight of the S3.

    • Anonymous

       what features does the one x lack?

      • JointhePredacons

        i was about to say the same thing.

    • sterr

      The One X is lighter than the S3!

  • JointhePredacons

    what + sign ?? am i blind because i dont see a + sign in that photo. How bout we just wait for TMO or HTC to confirm, not be fanboys and assume its a ONE X …..TMO has a ONE, the ONE S …..another ONE, no pun, would be boring as hell……make the G3 HTC please.  

    • Anonymous

       please enlighten us with your insider information

      • JointhePredacons

        what “insider information”  im giving an opinion. if youre gonna criticize someone , pick a name and find a pair of balls, ok ?   Another ONE phone would be boring, thats my point. Plus there is no + sign in the picture above. 

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Right, so you don’t clearly don’t get “insider information,” which would be MY information and I didn’t post anything because I couldn’t. I’ve seen it, I know the + is there because I’ve seen docs where it exists. I’ve never seen a million dollars, I guess it doesn’t exist either. 

        • Keefer45

          Ha ha ha, ziiiing!

        • Tomnewtn

          Won’t be boring to me if it’s a One x. I passed on the One S. I wonder if there are others who also feel it won’t be boring. 

  • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

    if it comes to be, it will come to me :)

  • TnazilChowdury

    Screw Tegra 3+, how about S4 Pro? That would kill.

  • jayman12

    My upgrade was coming on august 10. was gonna get the GS3 but i guess i will have to wait to see until what this phone comes to the table. or perhaps might wait for the nexus/iphone as well. but i dont to wait. i need to get rid of that shitty crackberry. somebody help me . should i wait or should i get that gs3? also pro or cons as well ty

    • whiteiphoneproblems

      Wait a few months, so you can choose between all the options you mentioned; you’ll be glad you did.  You can live with that crackberry a little longer… 

  • your name

    So a rep told me a what he knew about the one x. Pretty much he said the same things you say in the article but he also added that it will be future proof. He said that it will have lte connectivity, any thoughts about that David? I just don’t want to believe in Santa Clause, if you know what I mean.

  • bradsh

    A shame. I will never buy a tegra device again. The headphone audio on my Nexus 7 is very poor, and it’s because the tegra includes a lackluster audio chipset by default.

  • Duros

    Nah.. it is the G3