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Remember HTC's 5" mystery device we caught a glimpse of last month? Well, according to Engadget, a user of China's popular social network Weibo earlier revealed what may (or may not) be an official press shot of the device – a shot which also reveals the device's potential name – the HTC One X 5 (named, obviously, for its ample display size).

Engadget has "reason to believe [this] is an authentic press image of the finished result," but we're always skeptical of leaked press shots, and after putting the image under a magnifying glass, we're not so sure. Without further ado, here's the image in question:

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Comparing this image to the blurry cam photos we saw before, the shot looks pretty accurate.

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The camera, front grill and button layout, and inexplicable red side-stripes are all there. The first hint that this may not be entirely legitimate, though (besides the questionably miniscule bezel), is that the screen is a direct lift from the original One X's press renders:

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At first glance, this doesn't seem too surprising – we know that HTC purposely uses 10:08 for every clock in every press shot, but the widget's location still says Barcelona, 12 degrees Celsius, and February 26th. If that's not enough, check out the home screen's icons:

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You may remember the Android Market got rebranded as Google Play just over six months ago. The final clue is the back side of the device. The photos we saw before indicate that the camera will likely look similar to the one pictured, but in the render, it seems to be a bit smaller, and (judging by the light reflection on the lens cover) perhaps lifted from the One S' press shots and treated to some colorization:

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Besides that, the back simply consists of a contoured rectangle similar to the leaked photos, with gradients that are pretty easily achievable with a few minutes and a copy of Photoshop.

Overall, this is definitely an intriguing render depicting a more intriguing device, but it's not entirely likely that we're looking at an official shot of HTC's yet-unnamed super phone.

UPDATE: Turns out the image is indeed unofficial – it's a concept render by Flickr user Dannix. You can see the original here.

Via Engadget

Liam Spradlin
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  • Carlos David

    Looks like fake.

    Ehem! Nobody interested on HTC? OMG, that is a bad sign, this article was there about a couple of hours.

  • Guest

    Ehem! Nobody interested on HTC? OMG, that is a bad sign, this article was there about a couple of hours.

  • Chris

    Its beyond easy to prove this as a fake. Just about the only Verizon Android phone to launch without the awful Verizon logo on the front is the Galaxy Nexus. Even that phone had it on the back.

    • fixxmyhead

      yea fake cuz it doesnt have a verizon logo lol

    • Kenny O

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • Ryan

    Android Police really is the best place to know whether or not the leaks are real. One post on Engadget and people lap it up like chocolate milk.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    That bezel makes it look fake to me, and with additional analysis, it's either a lazy fake or HTC designers getting lazy. My bet is on the 2nd, since I've never seen a shitty official HTC render.

  • fixxmyhead

    fake. looks like a shopped iphone mock up but made to look like an HTC phone.

  • Kenny O

    I really dislike the red accents that Verizon sees fit to put on their HTC devices.

  • abhisahara

    And is that Beat Audio logo in the back bottom.....ummm.....guess beats got dropped from HTC phones....if m not wrong!

    • leoingle

      They just sold off their ownership. Nothing was ever said about them not using it any more. HP uses beats in their laptops and they they have any ownership.

  • Chris Webster

    The device looks pretty sweet, so I hope its true. The screen from the render looks almost edge to edge. Now hopefully HTC will give it a quad core and high-res IPS/whatever screen type they put on the One X (super LCD of what have you)

    • leoingle

      What is it that you are getting about LTE devices not having quad core yet?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Fake after all - just a concept render.

  • KLUTCH

    as for now ill stay with my HTC One S with CM10 i have to see something diffrent from other phones i guess HTC is just focusing on the outside of the phone n not the inside specs