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5.9-inch Key Lime Pie-running HTC T6 to challenge Galaxy Note 3, report says

HTC is rumored to launch a 5.9-inch Key Lime Pie-running HTC T6 smartphone at some point in the coming months, a device that would take on the Galaxy Note 3. Read on for more details.
May 30, 2013
Key Lime Pie

A new report reveals that the rumored HTC T6 could be a Key Lime Pie-running 5.9-inch handset meant to compete directly against the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung.

From the start we’ll remind you that this is just a rumor for now, and we have no way of confirming anything at this time, so make sure you take it with a grain of salt.

The Unlockr has apparently learned that the HTC T6 – which we saw in a different report a few days ago – is an actual HTC smartphone. The publication already has a list of specs and features for this Galaxy Note 3 contender, which reveals some interesting details.

The handset will reportedly pack a 5.9-inch touchscreen display with 1080p resolution, a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory upgradeable via microSD cards, an UltraPixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera with wide-angle lens, a 3300mAh battery and, most interestingly Android (5.0?) Key Lime Pie under the hood from launch.

That’s right, it looks like the HTC T6 – which will presumably be a HTC One of the maxi variety – will not come with Jelly Bean on board but with KLP. The handset will reportedly launch in late summer or early fall, although it’s too early to talk about availability dates at this time considering the device is not even official yet.

Galaxy Note 3 concept
Galaxy Note 3 concept

In addition to KLP, the HTC T6 will incorporate additional software features including a revamped Sense UI complete with a new BlinkFeed version (“more partners, more customizability and the ability to save content for offline consumption”) and a stylus:

Note-faithful, take, um, note: HTC is looking to woo you away from the original phablet by hitting Samsung’s star where it hurts — the pen. Great care is apparently being put into making the pen usage here a premium experience, so expect a nicely crafted stylus with an ultra-thin tip capable of a full suite of content creation and manipulation capabilities. It wasn’t known whether Scribe, the company’s pen suite for its short-lived lineup of (two) Android tablets, would be powering the T6 experience as well.

The HTC T6 would also pack a built-in fingerprint reader, which would be located on the back, allowing users to unlock the device as they “grip it naturally to begin usage.” Also interesting is the HTC T6’s rumored power jacket, a case that would also pack an extra 1250mAh battery.

Comparatively, the Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to arrive in July-August, and to also pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and a rear camera with OIS abilities. However, it’s too early to tell what kind of software the handset would run, not that any of these rumored specs can be confirmed either.

Speaking of software, we’ll remind you that Google will most likely release Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in the very near future. As for Key Lime Pie, we would expect it to be unveiled at some point in fall and we would expect Android 5.0 to be called KLP, although we can’t back such speculation with any facts yet.

HTC T6 specs

We’ll be back with more HTC T6 news in the near future, as we expect to see more leaks as we get closer to its launch.