Rumor: HTC DLX: The 5 inch 1080p quad core smartphone flagship we all want

by: ŠtefanOctober 9, 2012

Anonymous Twitter user @Football4PDA, who has proven to be a reliable source of information in the past, is reporting that HTC is going to launch an Android 4.1.2 device called the “DLX”. Said phone will allegedly have a 5 inch 1080p display, it’ll make use of Qualcomm’s ultra powerful quad core Snapdragon S4 chip, and it’ll have a 12 megapixel rear facing camera. Judging by that spec sheet, this thing is going to be the company’s new flagship device, which is a bit odd considering that the recently announced HTC One X+ hasn’t even started shipping.

Let’s break this rumor down. First, the display. Earlier this year, LG announced a 5 inch 1080p LCD. Earlier this month, Sharp announced that they’ve begun mass producing 5 inch 1080p panels. Sharp even showed their display off at the 2012 CEATEC trade show. So we know that the screen is out there. Second, the processor. LG’s Optimus G uses the same quad core Snapdragon S4, and the company says that device will start shipping next month. That means we know the chip is in circulation. And finally, the camera. All of today’s Android flagships have 8 megapixel sensors, and the Optimus G will have a 13 megapixel sensor depending on where you buy it, so 12 megapixels isn’t all that outlandish.

To make this rumor even more credible, Unwired View found evidence suggesting that the DLX has already been approved by the Global Certification Forum. The bands that the DLX supports seem to indicate that it’s going to run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. That too makes a lot of sense since we heard a over than two months ago suggesting Verizon would be carrying a 1080p HTC “phablet”.

What questions remain unanswered? When will this thing be announced, when will it ship, how much will it cost, and does HTC have plans to make a Nexus version for all the Sense haters out there?

  • Rickross

    Moar moar moar moar! About time HTC!

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      I don’t how I’d feel if I was an HTC fan. They announce the One X in February, start selling it two months later, and then barely half a year later it gets refreshed as the One X+, which isn’t even shipping by the way, and now we have this thing. Gah!

      • Sondre Krumsvik

        That is a problem. Every manufacturer should launch Max 5 phones per year.
        1. Flagship
        2. buisness with keyboard (real QWERTY)
        3. Cheap (low speced with can take a beating)
        4. Design phone with somewhat bad specs (last years)
        5. a Phablet (galaxy note, LG vu and hopefully this htc phone)

        This way we won’t have to see too many phones from every manufacturer. Htc have launched 5 phones in the One series and 1 desire phone. Sony has also delivered too many phones already (they look to similar). This rule should only be upheld with android phones (for the time being)

      • Victor

        I think you must see it from a diffenent perspective.
        HTC wants to provide the latest hardware, when they can update a phones hardware without alterning the design it is a service in my eyes.
        The previous (one x) will be a bit cheaper, therefor more accesible. The new (one x+) will included the newest hardware.

        When you bought the one X in the April or may there is no reason to go for the one X, because it is a great phone and the update is small incomparison. But when you need a new phone now a days, you can choose for the upgraded version the one x+.

        • Stefan Constantinescu

          You say toma-toe, I say toma-tow.

  • C. Adams

    As a recent One S buyer, I’m still elated that I chose it over the GS3. Great phones!

    • ikokkinos

      Good choice, I sent my Galaxy S3 (I assume that is what a GS3 is) and am back on the desire hd, didn’t get the one x because of the battery issues, will by the one x+ depending on whether there is a 5 inch phone which I’d rather get. Only thing I think that is dissapointing is 16 Gb, however I’m moving away from onboard storage and going to the cloud as well as trying not to store crap on my devices that I never use.
      If it’s a google phone can anyone tell me what the difference between that and using HTC sense is like? I like sense (especially having tried touch wiz) but a lot of people moan about it.

  • IncCo

    Too big

    • ikokkinos

      Sounds like Napoleon Complex

  • DrCarpy

    HTC needs to focus. They just seem scatterbrained.One X, One X+, etc. Like everyone else here HTC just lost money the last several quarters following this ridiculous strategy. HTC’s board seems to be pulling an Elop.

    • EvilBadger69

      Incorrect. HTC are still profitable, just less so than last year.

  • Valayil Abraham

    16 GB Storage and 1.5GB RAM. Whats up with that? Will there be a Nexus GSM version?

  • Imagine a HTC with quad core and 1080p screen. The worst battery life ever. Just look at all there other phones.. This one will be even worse on gas.,