HTC is expanding its One line of smartphones once more. Up until now we’ve had the One X, One S, and One V that were announced during MWC. There’s also the One XL, which is the LTE-enabled version of the One X that comes with a dual-core, not quad-core processor, and which is confusingly being sold in the US by AT&T as the One X.
And today the HTC One XT has been launched in China. This is a version of the One X that has support for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA flavor of 3G. It retains the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor of the One X. In fact, all of the One XT’s specs are identical to the One X, except for that connectivity. Instead of supporting HSPA+ like the internationally-selling One X, it’s tailored to China Mobile’s 3G.
The One XT can be bought for the amazingly expensive price of 5,688 yuan, which amounts to $899 or €707 at today’s exchange rates. Still, it is undoubtedly one of the two best Android smartphones that have been announced this year (the other being the yet-unreleased Samsung Galaxy S III).
Having its top dog on China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with more than 650 million subscribers, should help grow HTC’s market share in China (which has become the world’s largest smartphone market). Not many non-Chinese brand smartphones get launched over there with full support for China Mobile 3G, so the One XT could have a chance of selling pretty well (for a high-end device, of course). However, its price is probably going to stand in the way of that achievement, but we’ll see.
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