We’re nearing the end of the year, and we have to start shifting our focus accordingly. Just last month we could have kept our eyes on the handsets that companies launched earlier this year. Now that we’re inching ever closer to the holiday shopping season, though, it’s time to start talking about what those companies have coming down the pipe. Thankfully, we’ve got rumors and leaks to fill our time with. And if you are part of the Android army, and a fan of HTC’s recently released devices, then you probably have a bit to be excited about this week.

Two devices have made their way into the limelight recently, both of which will be running Android whenever they manage to get released. However, there are some major differences to pay attention to.

The first is the lesser of the two. It’s codenamed “Proto,” and it will fit snugly between the One V and One S. It reportedly features a 4-inch WVGA Super LCD display, and there is a 1GHz dual-core processor under the hood. A 5MP camera is said to be tucked away on the backside, and the device is said to measure in at only 9.62mm thin. Other features include 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. It will also come along with Beats Audio, but there’s no surprise there. As far as which version of Android it will launch with, it’s suggested it would be some version of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

And then there’s the next flagship device, or what HTC could very well market as their next flagship device. It’s being called the HTC One X+ right now, and that’s probably a fitting, yet remarkably uncreative name. Features wise, we’re looking at a device that’s reportedly packing a 720p resolution for its display, and under the hood there’s a 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. One of the best parts, though, is the belief, based on the leaked information regarding the device, the One X+ will launch with Android 4.1.1 out of the box.

Previously leaked information about the One+, point to a launch on T-Mobile USA’s network later this year. To be specific –as much as we can be when talking about leaked information--, it is believed that the next One Series device will launch for Magenta’s network at the tail-end of September.

If that pans out, it means that the One X+ will see the light of day, with some pretty captivating features, just four months after the official release of the One X. Is it enough to garner some buyer’s remorse from those who picked up the high-end One Series device at launch? Yes, I would imagine it would be, but there’s a big catch here.

And that’s the expected launch on T-Mobile’s network.

Earlier this week, Taylor Martin outlined why carrier exclusivities are a bad thing. And I actually agree with that. I believe that manufacturers should launch their high-end, and even their mid-range, handsets on as many carriers as possible. But, there’s a point where an exclusive launch can be a good thing, and I think this is one of those times.

Why? As I stated above, I do think that if the One X+ were to launch on AT&T’s network, there would be some room for One X owners to get a little miffed. Even if the stats of the newer device share plenty of similarities between it and its predecessor, NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.7GHz is worth the second look. But, if T-Mobile is indeed the only carrier here in the States that’s going to launch the new One X+, I see that as a good exclusive deal.

The One X is still one of the best, if not the best Android-based smartphone on AT&T’s network, and it looks like it will stay that way for at least a little bit longer. With that in mind, I don’t think that those who purchased the One X should be all that dismayed that the One X+ is coming down the line. You have your network, you have your phone, so unless you’re unhappy with the network I wouldn’t see a reason why you’d be angry that the One X+ is coming out only four months later.

It would be a completely different story if it were to launch on AT&T’s network. And, don’t get me wrong, I imagine that that is a possibility. We really don’t have any idea where the One X+ is going, officially. The rumors point us in one direction, but things could change and it could land somewhere else.

Where do you stand in this particular case? Do you think a carrier exclusive launch of the One X+ is a bad thing? Or does it make sense, especially when it comes to consumers? And, more importantly, would you be willing to switch carriers to get your hands on it? Let me know.

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Sharang Karve Carriers need to stop being possessive about phones and think more about plans. Carriers were originally meant to give you service, not control which phones you buy. (hint hint...Verizon.....)
Chad Forthman That's what killed the Lumia 900 having it on AT@T only.Exclusively is dumd, all the other manufacturing company take note of what Samsung did with the GS3 and it sold like hot cakes.
Eva Ruddy Htc onex is a new strain of hansa virus?
Anuja Kanagu I haven't luck to win..i tried many times. But can't win.
Syedul Islam It's just a meaningless thing with all these carriers fighting for exclusivity just let the people decide
Besnik Nokaj people have budgets, hot smartphones are cheap, so no.
Gerald Dawkins It's crazy because of the choices being made by carriers. Just think tmobile would be at least 2nd if all phones were available to them
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Yes...for example it limits companies like sprint with a horrible network get a hold of the top of the line phones & making a mockery of it like they did with the iPhone.. apple lost a lot of customers because of the piss poor performance on their network.
Krushi Vemula Exclusivity is the reason HTC continues to struggle in the US while Samsung continues to take over the market.
Jerimiah Reece No! I want to see carriers compete with services! Not phones! We need competitive price plans!
Brandon Holley It's definitely not a bad idea. Hell that's how hype around the iPhone spread because of how exclusive it was. If you get hype around a certain device it promotes the ideal that it's better because it's exclusive to the average consumer. Trust me the word "exclusive" does a lot for any device.
Jose Angel Santiago Not a good business practice for the manufacterers. Thats why samsung is blowing away the competition with the galaxy line. That means more $$ in their pockets!!
Michael Ford No more exclusively ... Bad idea.... See galaxy s 3....selling a ton with availability on every carrier and how many people really go to other carriers for a phone... See also I phone on all carriers except tmobile.... Selling a ton
Michael Ward Carrier are the devil. There is no reason why any carrier should have exclusive ANYTHING. Exclusivity is not good for the consumer. Verizon and sprint are the worst when it comes to this, and cdma is to blame.
Jose Pablo Islas Guess it depends on if manufacturers want to make a profit...the galaxy s 3 is sold on a lot of carriers...and I imagine Samsung made a huge profit
Jennifer Urieta what he said
Ubaldo Zacarias Hell to the no
Mark Mann No it's dumb.
Anthony Bailey The One X is not "the" best smartphone on AT&T. That title goes to the S III. And based on all of the functionality limitations of the One X, I'd venture that my Galaxy Note is on the same playing field, as the One X.
Fabian Toti no hell no
Andrew Conrad Yes. Carrier exclusives give customers a reason to choose them over the competition. I do feel all should be gsm unlockable
Mark Belkowski nope and i think cdma should go to.
Cory Musselman Abso-f[argging]-lutely not.
Charles McDonald P.S. As Damien Heaney said, "iPhone" being a perfect example, is like Microsoft, "MONOPOLY" and what's sad, I am on a Mac right now, using Windows because of a game I am playing. (And yes, I am aware of Fusion, Parallells, Winebottler, Wine, etc.)
Charles McDonald Quick, short, sweet, and simple answer: NO
Tony Hernandezz No make more money selling to everyone
Rajesh Ramsaroop Why would this ever be good? I'm not tied to an ISP when I buy a pc or ps3,the same should be for phones.
Cesario Brito Jr. No, its never good for the customers. Carriers suck. Oh well, I'm going the Nexus route from the play store from now on anyway.
Rick Conrad Negative! That's the most frustrating thing about new phones. Some people are limited to a carrier because of the area they live. Every carrier claims to have the best service coverage but that's advertising bullshit nothing more. There is ZERO reason all phones can not be on all carriers. This will help everyone by driving cost down and increased sales for the manufacturer.
Dee-Jaye Martinez No, it isn't fair for people around the world
Damien Heaney Definitely not, it's a way for said "carrier" to impose stupid charges, and prevent other customers from buying the phone at all. iPhone is a good example of extortion when it was carrier-specific when released (UK)
Anthony Evans Jr just be fair the htc x one "exclusivity on AT&T" doesnt mean much.. its the evo 4g lte on sprint and will most likely be the base for the rezound 2 aka thunder bolt 3. the htc x one + is going to be powerful BUT something better will be out 3 months or so after it comes out

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