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Octa-core, 5.5" QHD display HTCA55 rumored for the Desire series

According to @upleaks, HTCwill release a new high-end smartphone in its Desire range later this month, code-named the HTCA55.

Published onFebruary 2, 2015

HTC Desire 510 Bottom Bar

When it comes to HTC, all of the focus may be on the company’s much anticipated One M9 (Hima), but, according to @upleaks, HTCalso has another interesting upcoming smartphone, code-named the A55.

According to the leak, the HTCA55 is a relatively high-end smartphone. It is expected to feature a 20MP rear camera, 3GB RAM, a 5.5-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixel) display and a 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6795 processor. The handset is packing some other impressive features too, so here is the full leaked spec sheet:

  • MediaTek MT6795 2.0GHz*8 64Bit
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM
  • 5.5″ WQHD Display
  • 20MP Back Camera with a LED flash
  • 13MP or 4MP UltraPixel Front Camera
  • BoomSound
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Not big battery (less than 3000)
  • Android 5.0
  • Desire Sense 7.0
  • Launch Date Feb 2015

Despite the high-end specifications, the A55 is not related to HTC’s flagship One smartphone line up, but will instead fall into the Desire range, apparently. Originally, it had been rumored that a high-end HTCHima_Ace was in the works, which would offer a larger 5.5-inch display. However, this appears to have been scrapped in favor of the A55.

It seems that HTCHima_Ace is cancelled and replaced by A55.
— @upleaks (@upleaks) February 2, 2015

An interesting feature of note in the MT6795 chip is that it supports 1080p video recording at 480 frames per second, allowing for impressive slow motion shots. This may explain why HTCchose this chip for a phone in its camera focused Desire series, although we will have to wait and see if this feature ends up being implemented. A dual-SIM variant, the A55#DTUL, is also apparently in the works, to satisfy the demands of the Asian market. The only real concern on the spec sheet is that a sub 3,000mAh battery may not provide sufficient battery life for such a high resolution display.

We may not have long to wait to see if the A55 turns out to be real, as the release date is scheduled for some time this month. The leak promises a choice of White Rose Gold, Grey or Brown Gold color options at launch.

What do you make of the HTCA55?

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