HTC may not be in the best financial shape, but the Taiwanese would not go down without a fight. They put their best effort into the One series and delivered a set of beautiful devices that many considered the best in the world. Despite that, the One X was ultimately no match to the force of nature that is the Galaxy S3, and HTC failed to make a comeback to profitability. Moreover, the next quarter shapes up to be just as bad financially, so HTC needs to pull out something amazing if it wants to reverse its fortunes this year.
HTC’s secret weapon might be a new 5-inch smartphone, slated for a September-October release. According to Digitimes, HTC is working to bring a 5-inch phablet to the market, with a resolution of 1794 x 1080 pixels. Add the 126 pixels occupied by the onscreen navigation bar in Android 4.0+, and you get 1920 x 1080 or Full HD. For comparison, the Galaxy Note packs 1280 x 800 pixels, while the One X has 1280 x 720.
Digitimes’ sources say that HTC took notice of the good sales performance of the road-opening Galaxy Note, which spurred a wave of new big screen devices, from OEMs like LG or Pantech.
Today’s report gives credence to a rumor from July spurred by an entry in the GLBenchmark database, which revealed a HTC-made device with 1080p resolution, powered by the next generation Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor and a Adreno 320 GPU. An earlier report from BGR suggests that the HTC phablet will be fitted with a stylus and that it will feature version 5 of HTC’s Sense overlay.
We like our phones big and brawny here at Android Authority, and the news that HTC will throw its champion against the mighty Galaxy Note 2 can only joy us. The Note 2 will probably hit the stores at the same time with HTC’s 5-inch beast, so prepare for an amazing phablet smackdown this fall!