We've all seen the HTC One X with the Tegra 3 processor inside, and we've seen the AT&T version with the Snapdragon S4 inside. What about the One XL? We heard HTC talk about it a little bit, but what exactly is it? The easy answer is that it's the AT&T One X without the AT&T branding. HTC has two different version of the unlocked One X then, one with the Tegra 3 and one with the Snapdragon S4. But why would they do this? Why not just have one version?
As other carriers roll out LTE networks they need devices that will work on them. HTC's answer is the One XL. It makes sense when you think about. HTC doesn't want to compromise on battery life or performance. In order to integrate LTE with the Tegra 3 you have to use a separate chip, which as we've seen hurts battery life. The Snapdragon S4 integrates LTE so they decided to use that for LTE. Besides, why make a version specifically for AT&T and not take advantage of it in other parts of the world?
We're not sure why HTC and AT&T decided not to use the One XL name. Maybe it's a branding thing, or for better name recognition in the U.S. Whatever the case, under the glass it's the same phone we'll be seeing worldwide as the HTC One XL.