HTC is getting ready to bring a variant of its flagship smartphone to China Telecom. This comes after the Taiwanese manufacturer has already announced the One XT for China Mobile and also released a GSM/HSPA model for China Unicom.
But it looks like China’s No.3 carrier will also get its own One X. Its unclear what it will be called, but the model number is X720d. The HTC X720d has been certified by the Chinese authorities, and through that certification we basically found out everything there is to know about its specs.
But first, let’s focus on the looks. The pictures above show the X720d, and at first glance it bears the most resemblance to Sprint’s HTC Evo 4G LTE. That said, it’s clearly distinguishable as an HTC smartphone, but it’s also different enough from the One X in terms of design that people will instantly notice it. One thing of note about the X720d is that it features a removable back plate (so supposedly a removable battery as well). The material used has changed compared to the internationally-selling One X too – it’s now just plain plastic, and not polycarbonate. One final addition to this version of the phone is a microSD card slot – obviously welcome news for those who think that the integrated storage simply isn’t enough.
As for specs, the HTC X720d will come with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor. Interestingly, this is an older Snapdragon S3, and not one of the new 28nm units with Krait cores. The smartphone will also have a 4.7-inch 1280×720 HD touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and support for both CDMA and GSM networks. Since China Telecom has a CDMA network, this effectively means that its One X will be what the American carriers like to call a ‘world phone’ or a ‘global roaming’ device – you’ll be able to use it on GSM-based networks across the world, if the need arises. China Telecom’s One X will unsurprisingly run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
It will be available just in black (pictured above), sometime around mid-June. Pricing isn’t known at this point, but we expect that information (alongside a clearer release time frame) to leak out pretty soon, and we’ll let you know when it does.
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