HTC has had a difficult time this year, with profits falling, lawsuits in the US, and far less acclaim than it deserved for the brilliant One X. To turn its year around, the Taiwanese manufacturer could be planning to release a big-screen device along the same lines as the Samsung Galaxy Note and the LG Optimus Vu.
At least that’s the word from infamous rumour-mongers Digitimes, who say HTC will let the hybrid loose in September or October. Samsung effectively created the smartphone/tablet hybrid market with the Note, and the 7 million-plus sales show it was a space waiting to be filled, so it’s no wonder HTC want to get in on the action.
It’s speculated the new phone will have a 5-inch screen with an amazing 1794 x 1080 pixel resolution, which is far greater than any other phone currently on the market, and if a few pixels have been shaved off for the obligatory Android keys at the base of the screen, it could be the first Full HD smartphone on sale too.
The monster screen could also be paired with a monster processor too, as a mysterious HTC device recently appeared in some benchmark tests, using Qualcomm’s new quad-core Snapdragon S4 and the Adreno 320 graphics chip. The tested phone had Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed too.
Digitimes makes no mention of the network such a phone would be heading towards, but the benchmarks did include references to Verizon, a US network. For such a top-level phone to be a network exclusive – Verizon uses a CDMA network and not GSM – would be a surprise though.
If the September/October date is correct, perhaps the IFA 2012 show, or a coinciding event, will be its launchpad?