The much-anticipated HTC One X is officially coming to the US on AT&T May 6. Unlike its global twin, the US version will not feature Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Instead, the phone will tote Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. The reason for this change was that the Tegra 3 does not support LTE, and American markets tend to be more concerned with connectivity speed than with the speed of the phone itself.
The timing of this release works out well for US customers torn between the prospect of this device and the soon-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy S3. Samsung will be announcing their new device just three days before the One X hits our shores, so you can still wait to see what the new Galaxy device looks like before deciding whether (or not) to get in line for the One X.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily bode well for HTC.
If you think HTC Sense will bother you, there are some workarounds. While no custom ROM has been released just yet that will bring the stock ICS experience to the One X, there will definitely be one soon. Stay tuned to XDA Developers for updates. Bear in mind that this will require you to unlock the phone’s bootloader and root the phone.
If you’d rather not root the phone, I’m happy to say that there are some workarounds for you as well, though admittedly not as all-encompassing as a custom ROM would be. Apex Launcher is probably my favorite ICS-flavored launcher that creates the feel of the stock ICS experience on your homescreen and in your app drawer.
If the Sense keyboard becomes an issue, you can install this keyboard to your phone.
If you have the phone, let me know what you think. How does it measure up the the Galaxy Nexus? Does it surpass it? Or does it miss the mark just a bit?