HTC’s upcoming 5-inch+ phone is codenamed T6, multiple carrier versions spotted

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After a well-known leaker revealed the codename of HTC’s future Galaxy Note competitor, more clues about the upcoming smartphone have been uncovered.

Rumors about an upcoming supersized smartphone from HTC have been doing the rounds for a while now. Most recently, we’ve heard about a device featuring a 5 to 6 inches display, that is supposedly similar to the successful HTC One in terms of specifications.

Now we have a new piece of the puzzle. First, @evleaks, the notorious mobile industry insider that has supplied accurate information on many devices before, tweeted the following:

The codename of the device doesn’t tell us much. Some have speculated that the “6” in “T6” could stand for the size of the display (6-inches), but I find it a bit improbable. The HTC One, with its 4.7-inch screen, was codenamed M7, while a supposed Mini version of the One goes by the name of M4. While HTC may certainly go crazy with a 6-inch device (Samsung and Huawei have already done it, Sony is rumored to do it), there’s simply not enough evidence for now to correlate the codename with the size of the display.

A Japanese site dedicated to HTC has uncovered references to several versions of the T6, seemingly differentiated by their cellular connectivity.

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From the looks of it, HTC is gearing up to launch the T6 globally, offering compatibility with multiple standards:

  • T6_UL: cassiopeia Communication system: GSM / WCDMA / LTE
  • T6_U: columba Communication system: GSM / WCDMA
  • T6_ULA: delphinus Communication system: GSM / WCDMA / LTE
  • T6_WL: crater Communication method: GSM/WCDMA/CDMA2000/LTE
  • T6_WHL: eridanus Communication method: GSM/WCDMA/CDMA2000/LTE

HTC was reported last week to have sold almost five million units of the flagship HTC One, but given the exodus of executives and engineers going on at the company, the embattled company will need more to stay afloat. Will a competitor to the Galaxy Note 2, like this T6 shapes out to be, be the solution?

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