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What's New at MWC 2012

HTC and the One Family

The Mobile World Congress is well underway by now, and most of the major smartphone and tablet manufacturers are in attendance, showing off their latest wares. For HTC, that means unveiling a new line of phones with the "One" moniker. There are three new models to choose from (technically it's four models, but more on that in a moment), with each covering a different segment - low-end, mid-range and a "superphone" - of the market.

The HTC One X is the flagship model, packing a 4.7-inch 720p display, Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, and an 8 megapixel camera. This is where it gets tricky, as the X is being offered in two different flavors, depending on where you live. The One X is an international HSPA/GSM phone, but an LTE version is coming to AT&T later this year. While it looks identical to the international version, it will be called the One XL (like Extra Large instead of Large), and it loses the quad-core Tegra 3 SoC in favor of a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. As far as we know, there aren't any Tegra 3 phones with LTE radios yet, which is either a partnership issue or possibly a battery life problem.

The One S is a mid-range device, and 2012's middle-of-the-road device has last year's killer specs. The One S has a 4.3-inch 960x540 display, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor (the same as the One XL, we think), an 8 megapixel sensor on the back, and is only 7.8mm thick. This makes it thinner than the One X/XL, which measures in at 8.9mm.

Last but not least is the One V, which HTC calls an "essential smartphone". This 3.7-inch device is definitely older tech, with an 800x480 display, 5 megapixel sensor and a 1 GHz CPU. It also has a "chin" of, similar to the older HTC Hero, as the bottom curves out in front.

All three (or four) phones will ship with Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0 laid on top, and Beats Audio plays a major role in each as well.