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