Is it an improved One V in the One S body? Or a toned-down One S? Don't overthink it - AT&T's added a few tricks you'll want to check out either way

Hot on the heels of the global announcement (and AT&T's as well) of the HTC One X+ comes the HTC One VX, also for AT&T. This one's going to take a little explaining, so settle in.

First off, it looks a great deal like the HTC One S we've been enjoying for the past seven months or so. (For you Europeans out there, it'll probably be more akin to the Desire X we saw in late August.) It's been tweaked a little out front, mainly with an earpiece akin to what's on the One V. The rear's also moved to more of a unibody design, though like the One S, you won't be taking the battery out of this thing. The display has changed somewhat as well, moving up to a 4.5-inch (from 4.3 inches) Super LCD 2 at qHD resolution, or 540x960.

Under the hood is where things start to get really interesting. The One VX has a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8390) processor, so that's a slightly lower clock speed than the HTC One S, but faster (and a better platform) than the One V. It's got 8 gigabytes of on-board storage, and 1GB of RAM. 

And here's the kicker: HTC's managed to squeeze in a microSD card. And NFC. And a bigger battery -- 1810 mAh, up from the 1650 mAh on the One S. Plus, it's got AT&T's 4G LTE, HSPA+ and other cell bands you might need, along with 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi. Want FM radio? It's there, too.

See also: HTC One VX specs

And we haven't even mentioned the camera yet. The One VX has a 5-megapixel rear shooter. That's a lower resolution than the 8MP camera on the One S. But it's still go the f/2.0, 28mm lens. It's also got backside illumination (BSI) and does video in 1080p. The phone's also got a VGA front-facing camera, and the whole thing is controlled by HTC's ImageSense processor.

The whole package is a tad bigger (in all dimensions) than the One S, but not by more than a couple millimeters.

Let's talk software: The One VX is launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it will be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, same as for the One X and One S. Along with that, it'll get the update to Sense 4+, which brings a tightened user interface along with new camera modes, including Auto Portrait and Sightseeing, which speeds the shooting process by bypassing the lockscreen. There also will be new ways to view pictures and videos in the gallery.

What we don't have -- and unfortunately this is par for the course these days -- is a launch date or pricing. Stay tuned for that.