Joseph Thomas

Although a model of the LTE capable HTC One X+ for AT&T's global market, as well as subscribers in the United Kingdom, was previously announced, HTC has once again defined the bar for the high-end smartphone market with an upgraded version of the HTC One X+ for the United States.

The previous version of the One X+ from the United Kingdom brought to the table a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and only 16GB of storage. Features of the latest model from HTC include an exorbitantly quick quad-core 1.7 GHz Tegra 3 CPU, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, and a whopping 64 GB of flash storage space, enough to actually take advantage of HD video on the huge 4.7 inch screen. The Super LCD screen is made of Gorilla Glass 2 and displays at a resolution of 720p. The HTC One X+ also includes an upgraded 2100mAh battery to power the robust device as well as amplified speakers for a clear and dynamic audio range.

Unlike the UK version which has red outlines, the new HTC One X+ for release in the United States is a slick black from front to back. The entire device is less than half an inch thick and weighs just under 5 ounces.

The 8-megapixel rear-facing camera comes with a f/2.0 lens and HTC's "ImageChip", which works to assist with exposure and low light environments. The rear-camera will also be able to record 1080p video while at the same time taking still photos. The front-facing camera has also been given an upgrade: 1.6 megapixels, 720p video, and a new self portrait mode.

The HTC One X+ comes pre-installed with HTC's version, called Sense 4+, of the Android 4.1 operating system known as Jelly Bean. Sense 4+ puts a custom skin on the Android 4.1 GUI of the One X+ and allows for one-touch connectivity with compatible Beats branded audio peripherals.

The HTC One X+ seems to be the perfect device for the heavy mobile power users. With the expectations of Windows 8 and Windows RT are accelerating the mobile market into more competition over powerful devices, smartphone manufactures must be continuously be aware of overlapping market share. If HTC can get a large LCD screen, almost five inches, as well as a powerful CPU into the pockets of consumers, then a 7" tablet seems a bit unnecessary. How these previously unknown gaps in the mobile market fill in will be crucial for companies like HTC in the quickly coming year.

The device has been announced for AT&T Wireless in the United States. No price or release date for the US version of the HTC One X+ has been released from either HTC or AT&T. Though the device has been selling overseas for around $400, it seems more likely that the new flagship Android device will be around or less than $300 with a new two year contract with AT&T Wireless and could be released around or before Q1 of 2013.