A few Android devices were released around that point that could utilize 4.1 and take advantage of the speed enhancements from the "peanut butter" improvements. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is one of those devices, and another, the HTC One X+ is another.
The HTC One X+ is a moderate improvement on the previously released, and widely lauded, HTC One X. It has a quad core processor vs. a dual core processor, it has 64GB of storage, vs. 16GB in the first, One X, and it has a larger battery to balance out the greater battery drain induced by the speed bump.
The One X+ kept the great, rear camera and the brilliant 4.7" screen.
The HTC One X+ also kept the same form factor as the One X. It is incredibly then, and the screen "floats" above the plastic so that you get a more than 2D perspective of using the touch screen.
Lastly, both One X and One X+ smartphones are LTE devices, so, if you live in an area that supports LTE, you can take advantage of greater Internet speeds. And, with the 4.7" screen, you will probably find yourself doing more basic web browser searching than you would on any other, smaller, smartphone.
With these specifications and as a second generation of an already solid phone, the One X+ seemed to be set for a solid market success. Maybe it wouldn't out muscle the marketing arm of Samsung that could guarantee SIII success, nor have the cachet of the iPhone 5, but, for the considerably smaller HTC, this flagship smartphone was poised to shine.
But, did it?
No, not really.