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According to a new report from DigiTimes (hang on!) this morning, HTC is preparing a new monster flagship phone for launch this fall. The Taiwanese publication says the device will come with a 5" display and a resolution of 1794x1080. If that number sounds a little off to you, it's because those dimensions probably exclude 126 lines to make room for the navigation buttons.

Of course, it's there that the story gets interesting. Typically, manufacturers don't omit lines of resolution from a spec sheet, especially when it would make a nice marketing bullet point like "full 1920x1080 resolution." Neither do supply chain vendors. GLBenchmark, however, which also has information on an HTC phone with this display resolution does omit lines for the navigation buttons as you can see on the site's listing for the Galaxy Nexus. Here, the site lists the display resolution as either 1184 or 1196 x 720. This is in contrast to the technically more correct, but less-useful-for-benchmarks resolution of 1280x720.

This little coincidence could imply that DigiTimes is working on secondhand information (the site is not the most reliable source of rumors). However, regardless of where the site got its info, it appears this device does exist. BGR wrote back in April that Verizon would perhaps be seeing a 5" HTC device with a 1080p display. The boy genius also reported that the device would include its own Scribe pen (which you may remember from the HTC Flyer), as well as a quad-core Krait CPU. The latter, at least, does not seem likely as GLBenchmark's listing shows a Snapdragon MSM8960, which is a dual-core processor. Still, that's the S4 that manages to give a Tegra 3 a run for its money, so we doubt it will be that much of a slouch.

Whether we'll see Verizon finally get a Note-like device from HTC is still a little uncertain. Some of this information is old and some is coming from unreliable sources, but what does seem pretty consistent is that HTC wants to put a giant phone with an insane display in your hands. That's something to look forward to, at least.

Source: DigiTimes, GLBenchmark

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • FrillArtist

    "Phone"?

    • Abhisshek Das

      nope Chuck Testa err Phablet

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    So basically, a phablet. Lets hope they can compete with the GNote 2

  • awesome sauce

    the next nexus this is.

    • Sqube

      I hope not.

    • http://twitter.com/Thoughtlesskyle Kyle Simmons

      that would involve HTC putting something out without sense on it, and lets be honest when was the last time they did that? i think it was the G2 like 2 or 3 years ago at this point

      • http://twitter.com/z3nkun zen kun

        nexus one was fine after that g2 i guess its not crazy at all :P

  • Flaime DeFeo

    5 inches is friggin' ridiculous. Yeah, there is a market for it, but I can't help but think that its nothing but a gimmick move.

    • Abhisshek Das

      i got it , everything you don't like is gimmick and everything you like is trendy , earth rounds around you .

  • Woof

    This is perfectly possible. LG earlier this year announced production of 5", 1080p screens in preparation for the second half of 2012, and an HTC device to rival the galaxy note has been rumoured for a couple of months now. It'll flop, though, if it doesn't go toe to toe with the Note 2.

  • Sqube

    Didn't work for Dell. We'll see how it goes this time around.

    • Abhisshek Das

      did work for Samsung

      • Superguy

        Samsung was already an established vendor and had much more clout that Dell. Dell was just a niche player.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          Are you implying that the first OEM to build a phone for Android and remains in the #2 slot among Android OEMs, is somehow a niche player?

          • Superguy

            Dell is, yes. I'm not talking about HTC.

    • http://twitter.com/Thoughtlesskyle Kyle Simmons

      also lets be honest when dell tried it there were a few things working against it, that just arent now, first off it ran donut which was outdated like as soon as it launched. 2nd at that point in time the 4 inch screen on a phone didn't exist let alone be a common starting point when making a phone. Now ICS/Jellybean can scale the apps better to that screen size, and consumers are already used to the concept of bigger phones. In fact HTC's One X and its variants are already using 4.7 inch screens

  • Aridon

    I'm sure there is some market for 5 inches of phone. He'll I'd even consider one but it would have to have killer specs and performance. I make so few calls as is I really don't carry a phone it is more an information connectivity device that happens to be capable of making calls.

  • Abhisshek Das

    this not a phone its called Phablet

  • Thoughtlesskyle

    It likely will run in tablet mode, if you dig through sense 4.0's apks there are mentions of tablet modes and legacy support, that are using HTC's icons and framework not just the AOSP stuff that they work around. This would make sense too esp at that high of a resolution

  • L boogie

    well considering this beast of a phone is also going to be on verizon, lets see....just do yourself a favor htc; micro sd slot, removable storage, sense 4.1 made optional, 3000+ mah battery, android 4.1 and you'll have a winner but deviate from any of this and you know your fate

    • http://twitter.com/Thoughtlesskyle Kyle Simmons

      sense won't be optional, however sense 4.0 and likely 4.1 have been a lot lighter and a lot more hands off than they were for gingerbread and everything leading up to it

  • Frank Bales

    I want one. On Verizon. Would love to have the Galaxy Note 5", but not on AT&T or whats-there-name. I have a 7" tablet, and a 10.1" tablet, and there are pluses and minuses for each, but the convenience of a 5" note style phablet is what I'm after . . . on Verizon. And not the LG either. Unless they improve the current piece of junk.

    • Superguy

      I was thinking about going with a phablet, however, now that I have a 7" tablet and a GS3, something in between just seems like it would either be too big or too small. For a phone, I think it would be too big for every day use. I think it would be too small for tablet usage.

      Yes, you'd have to carry around 2 devices, but it seems like the GS3 and 7" tablets are about the best sizes for devices.

      10" tablet (I have a T-Prime) - it's just too big.

      Of course, it's definitely a YMMV thing. :)

  • http://twitter.com/PhuckYoTweet Heauxsanne Barr

    If this is shipping with Sense and is coming to Verizon, its already botched. Delayed updates, bloatware, more than likely 2-3 expected delays, the possibility of a locked bootloader, and two months after its release HTC will announce another 'flagship device' and leave this on whatever OS its currently on.

    Anytime an overlay skinned phone and Verizon are in the same camp, you can count on a bumpy, rigid experience. The Nexus updates have been painful, so I can only imagine with an overlay skin on top.

  • fixxmyhead

    anyone as hungover as me? i literally thought it was sunday this morning and got to work late

  • http://twitter.com/yellowspyder Spyder Ryder

    Nothing can compete with original.. the Note. It's like trying compete against the first smartphone, the iphone. However, for you all you people that hate sense, I understand the HTC might be running Motoblur! LOL

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    I know someone who asked a Verizon rep about phones as he has an upgrade coming and was told the HOX has been permanently dropped in price in anticipation of a new HTC phone launching soon. I pretty much dismissed the idea as standard sales rep nonsense but it does seem to line up with all this other info.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I thought that maybe they didn't get the HOX because they got the Incredible LTE. Maybe it's because of both.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I don't know why everybody is acting like it's such a surprise. It worked for Samsung, and now HTC is going to give it a shot. It's big, but not even as big as the Note. Why does any of this seem weird to people?

    While I believe NOTHING reported by BGR (Boy Genius Report), I tend to believe the theory of a quad-core Krait processor. This device is still in the rumor mill, which means it's not necessarily that far along yet, so the existing benchmarks could be based on a prototype/development model while the final model will get a more powerful SoC. The One X (1280x720) is pushing 921,600 pixels while this phone (1920x1080) has to push 2,073,600 pixels. The graphics processor takes a fair chunk of the work, but not all of it. I would sooner bet that this phone will come with the quad-core Krait to account for the higher resolution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-N-Fran-Farrell/100002337622505 Jack N Fran Farrell

    3x5 inch rectangles were right for Kodak photo prints. With enough pixels they are just right for small tablets. iPhones have been a mistake from day one.