HTC has had a surprisingly discreet IFA, only unveiling one not very impressive smartphone in Berlin. Still, we know that the Taiwanese are onto something and it’s only a matter of time until we’ll be seeing it announced.

A tweaked version of the HTC One X “beast” seemed to be on the cards until about a month ago, when it suddenly and mysteriously dropped off the radar. We also very recently saw a 10-inch HTC tablet getting leaked, but that rumor looked particularly fishy from the get-go.

But what about that Galaxy Note competitor we’ve been hearing about ever since April? Well, that also dropped off the radar for a while, only to pop up again in a benchmark in July and in a Digitimes report some weeks ago. Neither rumor was particularly trustworthy, but there usually isn’t any smoke without a fire in the tech world, is it? And if you needed an additional reason to believe in the existence of HTC’s phablet, here are two awfully blurry pics leaked by Phone Forum HK.

The photos show off a pretty massive HTC phone, so there’s a good shot this is in fact that 5-incher we’ve all been waiting for. The red colored aluminum touches along its sides are clearly design elements that scream Verizon (aka Big Red), so that’s yet another hint at this big guy’s identity.

Unfortunately, we can’t pick up many other things from the pics, aside from a not surprising Beats Audio logo, what looks like a non-removable battery cover, and a pretty impressively thin and slim profile for such a big fellow.

If this actually proves to be the same device as the “6435LVW”, chances are that it’ll in fact be coming soon with a 1080p display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8960 S4 processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, as well as LTE and HSPA+ radios.

Sure, we can even hope to see the “phablet” packing one of the new quad-core S4 Pro chipsets that we crave so much for, but before anything we should wait and have this officially unveiled. Or even confirmed, because right now this seems more like an alien than a phone. Many believe in it, some have even saw it, but there’s no solid proof to confirm its existence.

Who here believes in the existence of a Verizon-bound HTC phablet? And who’s excited about it?

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