This year’s back-to-school season is going to be pretty busy if these persistent rumours turn out to be true. Along with Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, Nokia’s rumoured Windows Phone 8 device and, of course, the 6th-generation iPhone, HTC is said to be preparing a mammoth smartphone for power users.
According to reports, which have been partially corroborated by a GLBenchmark entry, HTC is preparing to launch a 5-inch device with a 1080p screen — or rather, a 1794 x 1080 screen with virtual navigation buttons taken into account. While not quite in the realm of the “phablet,” HTC’s device could be compatible with a stylus (remember the pressurized pen bundled with the Flyer and the Jetstream?) though we wouldn’t assume a straight-out clone of the Note. The company’s flagship One X is slightly larger than the Galaxy S III despite a 4.7-inch screen, so it’s possible they’ve managed to increase the screen size to 5-inches without significantly boosting the overall size of the product.
The rumoured device may also be the first phone to market with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, which pairs dual-core Krait CPUs with a giant Adreno 320 GPU. As we showed you recently, the results from that graphics chip are out of this world.
Considering HTC hasn’t had any major product announcements since February, it would make sense for them to launch a new flagship for the coming holiday season. Even if their financials aren’t in good shape, the company has a lot of cache with consumers, especially since the release of its best trifecta ever in the One X, One S and One V.