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Grab your grains of salt, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for a little rumor-mongering. The quite-often-reliable @evleaks has once again turned on the taps, and out has flowed an impressive stream of detail about an upcoming HTC phone codenamed 'T6.' The existence of the device, just so you know, has also been corroborated by Pocket-lint in the past.

This device is allegedly HTC's first super-sized smartphone, with a display measuring up at a staggering 5.9 inches. That display will be full HD, and a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor (MSM8974) clocked at 2.3GHz will provide the power to push the pixels. 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (with microSD slot), a 3300mAh battery, and an Ultrapixel rear camera round out the purported specifications. The release time frame? Late summer to early fall.

Oddly, @evleaks' source suggests the device will ship with Key Lime Pie, though that seems a dubious claim at best to me - with Android 4.3 clearly just around the corner, and it quite obviously not being Key Lime Pie, something doesn't add up. If the summer / fall release timeline holds up, it seems all but a given that HTC's phablet won't be running any unannounced desserts, at least not at launch.

That one niggle aside, though, the level of specificity about some of the T6's features is pretty remarkable. The device will be equipped with a "premium" stylus, and HTC is actively working on getting a supporting cast of software designed to make use of the new tool. It's not clear if the stylus will actually be stored in the phone, though, as Samsung does with its Note devices.

As for the device's looks, @evleaks suggests it will appear quite similar to the standard One, albeit a lot larger - including the dual front-facing speakers. With the display already 5.9" across, I do have to wonder just how huge this phone is going to be once you slap on those big aluminum grilles at both ends.

On the kind of weird but interesting end of things, it's claimed that the T6 will have a fingerprint scanner. But not like the wonky drag-and-scan ones found on phones like the Motorola ATRIX - this scanner will be embedded into the back of the phone. Just get a finger over it, and the phone will unlock. If it works, this sounds pretty dang awesome.

HTC is also apparently working a specially-crafted "power jacket" case for the phone, which serves not only to protect the device, but supplements the internal battery with an additional 1250mAh of capacity. Also pretty cool.

In regard to Sense, the device will supposedly ship with a slightly refreshed version of the skin that adds significant updates to Blinkfeed.

All in all, the level of detail around this rumor makes it hard not to believe in some respects, though I still have my doubts about this Key Lime Pie business. As for HTC making a phablet in the first place, well, it's pretty obvious the jumbo-sized phones are an emerging high-end market, and HTC is looking to get in on the ground floor. It definitely seems plausible, even likely. We'll keep an eye out over the coming months for more T6-related news, obviously, but 'early fall' is still a ways off, and I doubt this phone is totally finalized.

The Unlockr

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • chris125

    Maybe this will be the version verizon finally gets, then again probably not

  • ElectroGadget

    My Galaxy Note is starting to get a couple of grey hairs on its head, so this looks like a prime candidate IF it's true.

    • John O’Connor

      If all rumors are true or understated, I may be looking at retiring my note 2 (likely one of my older devices) depending on the features/specs/radio capabilities of the note 3.

      • Lalit Mali

        Sure, Note 2 is so old.

        • simpleas

          Ikr wtf are they smoking. I consider the note 2 to still be the best phone available. Easily beats the one with its slew of practical features.

  • Michael Pahl

    If this is AT&T/T-Mobile I will flip... Big Red has the best network, period, and is losing phone support left and right.

    this is in a small midwest town.

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      Impressive, but it would be more so in a bit city. In a small town you don't have tons of people on the tower. I average 40-50Mbps down here in San Diego on AT&T LTE.

    • Guest

      Yeah but small towns WOULD have MUCH faster networks, due to less people being on the networks.

      • Michael Pahl

        no - small towns would have 1x... AT&T has 3G in my area that averages around 5mbps up and down. The point was that we even have 4G LTE.

        By the way when I travel to Indianapolis I get the same results.

    • Bob G

      You mean Verizon has the best network in YOUR AREA. People tend to forget that there is a whole world outside of their little bubble life.

      • Michael Pahl

        No i mean in the US of A. Chances are if you are on anything but Verizon, and not living in a huge city, you have no LTE.

  • Adam

    I'd buy it.

  • Eric

    If this comes to Verizon, which I hope, I might just have to leave my HTC DNA.

  • TareX

    This sounds perfect. Just the size I wanted. I just hope it has a multitasking split screen solution.... I really need this on a Note-sized device.

  • tbealmear

    Question... Does the new HTC One (and presumably this phone) have the same issue as the One X where you couldn't choose what application opens with specific links? Like, when clicking on a youtube link I could not tell my One X to use the YouTube application. Just curious as that was a major issue for me and my One X before I put CM10.1 on it... Thanks

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      No, that has since been remedied. It was a result of Apple's ITC lawsuit, and the two companies have since settled.

      • tbealmear

        Awesome thanks. If thats not an issue, this new phone could be on my radar ;)

  • ElfirBFG

    Why the hate for the Atrix's scanner? I loved that feature, it worked well for me. I do like the sounds of this HTC scanner though.

    • Anthony Carbonaro

      I love my Atrix, and if it didn't break I'd still be using it. The scanner on the HTC requires simply pressing your finger against it, not swiping, which if I recall correctly Mythbusters found to be slightly easier to bypass. I guess we'll have to wait and see what the security implications are.

    • Bob G

      Can't wait for the iPhone to have the fingerprint scanner and watch as everyone forgets about the Atrix all over again :(

  • Cody Shiranai

    Assuming it's real, if it doesn't go to Big Red, it's all pretty
    pointless to me except to watch fanboys start another war (this vs
    Galaxy Note III).

    Speaking of, at least we all have come to
    accept the Note III will be on VZW regardless of where this ends up, so
    that might be my choice by default.

  • Nigel Wong

    I am starting to think that Key Lime Pie would again be a tablet/phablet specific version of android (Like HoneyComb).

    so 4.3 for phones. KLP for tablet/phablet.

    Flame away.

    • https://plus.google.com/106261148188435264925/about Aaron Echols

      Google is not going to separate what they worked so hard to unify.

    • Kenny O

      I disagree, it seems that would be a big step backwards for Android IMO

    • TareX

      Honeycomb was just a quick fix to get a tablet-friendly UI out there before iPad completely took over. From there on, the idea is to have the same version of the OS run on phones, tablets, and later, laptops.

      • porter86

        Laptops.. I don't think so.

        • EH101

          Why not? All you'd need is mouse support and a customized keyboard with home, back and a recents key. These could easily be mapped to control, alt, and the windows key. I do believe Android will appear on desktops and laptops over time.

        • Mike Harris
          • porter86

            As you said, it's not a laptop. So I'm not wrong.

        • AJH

          Multiple PC manufacturers have already began making them. They're essentially like the Asus Transformer; I specifically remember HP coming out with one, and I think Dell said they would as well. Considering these new transforming things are common in Windows 8 laptops, I would consider them to be laptops.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    fingerprint scanner? I'm all for amazing but it doesn't sound attractive when i think about it. I can't think of many uses for it but i'm sure it can be a major thing in the health field for devs.
    it'll look like i'm talking on a htc flyer. My coworker thought my note 2 was an ipad mini. i was rollin.

    • Anthony Carbonaro

      The fingerprint scanner in my Atrix is the feature I miss the most. Super quick unlock that's much more secure than using a screen unlock and leaving smudge marks everywhere.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        we have face unlock. Which doesn't work in the dark and the scanner would then win. The scanner is possibly be more accurate too. But if you have to touch the display to navigate anyway, i dont see how a couple taps will hurt. it seems like too much hardware to me but i'm sure there are endless possibilities and my opinion will change.

        • Anthony Carbonaro

          Face unlock is not nearly as secure as it needs to be, and low-light situations are too common. With the Atrix I could pull the phone out of my pocket and it'd be unlocked by the time I was looking at it, even with full Motoblur. I suppose it's a matter of personal preference, but I appreciate the extra security afforded by a fingerprint scanner, especially with the advent of mobile banking. I'm not concerned about smudge marks making my device look messy; if I did I'd probably own an iPhone instead. Smudge marks left behind after unlocking your device can allow others to see what your code or crazy zig-zag pattern is. I could leave my Atrix alone knowing that no one could just pick it up and access my data, but I can't do that with my Nexus 7 or Atrix HD.

          • Bob G

            +10000000000099999999999

            I loved being able to unlock my Atrix while pulling it out of my pocket all in one sweet, succulent, classy move.

    • porter86

      It sounds great if you just hold your finger to the back of the device. You could unlock it just by taking it out of your pocket.

  • Kenny

    This just sounds like a giant fanboy list!
    Normally i'll call bull but @evleaks wouldn't be stupid enough to put their reputation on the line over this. I'm guessing a "T6" is in the works, it may be similar to this, but I think there is a possibility of HTC fueling rumours so speculative & crazy to try and throw tech blogs/leakers off the real trail.

    • Phil Oakley

      @evleaks is a him, not a their, AFAIK>

      I don't know about HTC leaking this. I think @evleaks could be spot on. I hope so.

  • Kenny O

    If they can't get the stylus into the phone, there should not be a stylus.

  • EH101

    A few things...

    1. The fingerprint scanner sounds good, but it screams "You're going to want to love me but I just won't work for you! *evil laugh*" We'll just have to wait and see on that one.

    2. Screen is too big. Unless is has literally no bezel I just can't see myself using it. The Note 2 is the max I can (barely) use with one hand, and it just fits in my regular and relaxed fit jeans pockets. I will be curious to see the final overall dimensions of this beast, but I don't think it would work with me, just like the Galaxy Mega(s).

    3. I assume FullHD means 1080? if so, great. This has to become the standard in 5"+ screens. I do wish my Note 2 had a 1080 panel, but oh well.

    4. I think that battery will do just fine in terms of longevity. Again, my Note 2 gets a full day with ease, routinely 4-6 hours of screen on time and 16 or so hours total when not using wifi and with GPS/Bluetooth/NFC always on. I would think the display tech in this device helps to keep the battery long as well as the processor's low power mode and, most likely, advanced design compared to the Exynos present in my Note 2.

    5. Speakers, I love front facing speakers. Every device should have them. However, HTC is doing it wrong here. Instead of huge speaker grills, give me a couple of wave guides or audio tubes/tunnels (can't remember the proper term). This way the speakers themselves could be behind the screen and pointed to the top and bottom of the device with small(ish) ports for the music/sound to be guided to via a tube of some kind. It really isn't that hard to do but might add a bit to the thickness of the device.

    6. The battery case, this sounds like a great idea also. The only thing that worries me is it might add too much bulk to the device. This is the main reason I could never get myself to use such a case.

    7. Sense. Say what you will, but it's still terrible. Just like TW is better than it used to be, but still terrible in stock form. At the very least, if manufacturers are going to force skins on us they could provide themes like BlackBerry used to. TW really isn't bad (besides the bloated size) but the ridiculous color scheme ruins it. Give me an alternate dark theme that skins the notification panel and toggles as well as the menus etc; then I'd couple that with a 3rd party launcher and voila, most of my complaints vanish. I believe the same could be said for most consumers.

    8. Storage. I suppose 16GB gets a pass because of the MicroSD, but really, it's time for 32GB to become the entry level storage for top-tier devices.

    All in all, I can't wait to see how this device turns out.

    • Cherokee4Life

      you lost me after #4

      • EH101

        Lol, I had a feeling that would happen but it turned out I had a lot more to say than I thought. But what are you gonna do, right?

        • Goldenpins

          Write as much as you want.. people will read it I did and enjoyed your opinion on it.,

        • Cherokee4Life

          I enjoyed you opinion on it too, but I read 1 through 4 then expanded the post and just didn't have enough brain power left to finish it haha

    • Goldenpins

      Thank GOD I found someone that likes front speakers. I HATE how the sound projects behind it. Yes FULL HD is 1080p.. Same as the TV terminology. Im fine using both hands and the bezel will probably be thinner since everything seem to be migrating in that direction.I have not used the new sense UI I know I hated the old sense on my Mytouch 4G but again, that was a weaker older phone I used. I would however be happy if they added the speakers bottom firing like they do in most monitors and TVs.

      • EH101

        Easily my two biggest problems with my Note 2 are the back-facing speaker and the lack of 1080p. Everything else is a custom ROM away from how I like it.

    • TareX

      The bezel size is the real question here. They can't afford anything as big as the One. The Note 3 will almost be edgeless they'll have to compete with that. As for Sense, just get a launcher app and you get to keep the features that come along. Same with Touchwiz. I just am worried HTC won't implement a split-screen solution for multitasking on a screen that big...

  • Deveal2014

    Sounds fantastic

  • andrew__des_moines

    It's good to see a company on the Android side pushing Samsung. More innovation, lower prices. It looks like the Note III I was planning to get in December may have some serious competition.

  • Joshua Hill

    3300mah battery. Everybody who thought having the same specs as the one meant same battery, time to eat your words.

  • Mandeep Singh

    Note 3 competitor
    Good luck htc

  • blast0id

    droooooo...
    0000000...
    ooooooo...
    000oool!!!

  • Abhi Kurve

    Micro SD slot?
    I second that!

    • Brandon Fletcher

      Somebody must have slapped some sense (lol) into HTC. As long as it isn't an AT&T exclusive, they might sell some of these.

  • Andrew Hope

    This could be the one thing that sees me upgrade my fantastic HTC One to a phablet, when I really had no intention of doing so. One thing is for sure...It won't be a piece of plastic crap from Samsung. After 3 years as a loyal Samsung Fanboy, my S3 burnt out from "Samsung sudden death syndrome"(a well known, and frequently occuring design fualt) and Samsung UK not only refused to acknowledge the problem existed but also refused to fixed it for free paid or otherwise. I'll never buy their crap again, HTC One is the best Android phone ever made..period..regardless of this...A game changer for the industry and for them as a company, a masterpiece...

  • Luisito Mercado

    the thing i most doubt is the 3300mAh battery, considering HTC's addiction to batteries under 2000mAh...

    • Wei Hong Ho

      Erm where have you been recently? They have long up their "addiction" to anything under 2500maH.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kellic-Youdontneedmylastame/100002201100154 Kellic Youdontneedmylastame

    The only reason I won't go with it is the dialer in Sense. I HATE it with a passion. Samsung's dialer is about as close to Android stock as you can get.

    • Samsung Fanboy

      have you not seen the atrocity that is the S4's dialer ?!?!?

  • Elias

    If we could have all of this on a Nexus... Also, IR blaster.