Mystery HTC device could be 5 inch phablet model heading to Verizon (new image)
GL Benchmark confirms the MSM8960 was under the hood of the mystery device
It's hard to reach a conclusion on anything with just two snapshots, so we would advise you to use your salt shaker on this one, at least until more information is available.
Update: And now we have another shot of the front of this mysterious phablet. Check it out right after the source links below!
source: PhoneForumHK, TheVerge via Phandroid
2. andro. posted on 01 Sep 2012, 02:08 7 0
No information is available about the battery yet though,for all you know it could be a 3100 mah battery like the galaxy note 2 if not an even larger one,at that size battery capacity the battery life would be decent indeed
46. master0fursinz posted on 02 Sep 2012, 09:23 0 0
Even though there is no info on battery, I'm sure HTC will send it out with something small requiring you to pay up for an additional extended battery or external battery charger because HTC phone all gobble up battery life fast.
5. Hunt3rj2 posted on 01 Sep 2012, 02:37 8 3
Trying to take advantage of removable batteries is an enormous pain, I tried and the time it takes to charge is not worth it.
Also, keeping batteries in a wallet charged at 100% is terrible for the lifetime. Give me a bigger internal sealed battery any day, as long as it is still possible for people to replace when battery is dying or dead.
41. Hunt3rj2 posted on 01 Sep 2012, 21:12 1 0
No. There is a difference between a removable battery and non-removable. A removable battery can be easily taken out and replaced while walking around. A non-removable battery usually requires a case opener tool and a few screwdrivers to take out the battery, like the iPhone 4 series. The One X has a problem where getting out the battery requires that you also take out the motherboard, which basically means any replacement is highly dangerous. The One S and Evo LTE do not. The One X would be considered okay by me if it had the battery connector on top of the motherboard, but because it is on the bottom, it is too hard for even technical people to replace the battery when the phone is out of warranty.
42. neutralguy posted on 01 Sep 2012, 22:24 3 0
sooo, now, what's your point? really? We do know what's the difference between the two. :)
11. neutralguy posted on 01 Sep 2012, 03:03 8 1
I really don't have a problem with removable or non-removable battery. It's on how you manage it. Just a compact charger will do the trick.
But hell this thing is sexy. I really need to graduate immediately to have these kinds of gadgets.
28. apocalypsebc posted on 01 Sep 2012, 10:40 3 0
If it has a big battery, it wont matter. I just want to know if its a Windows Phone 8 or Android!?
38. Mario1017 posted on 01 Sep 2012, 18:13 2 0
the phone in the pictures is an android. you can see the home and recent apps button
13. sudhar131998 posted on 01 Sep 2012, 03:12 3 3
yup it is cool but i am not stupid to believe it is an android phone because the search button on it looks like the one on windows phone 8
43. cheeseycheeser posted on 02 Sep 2012, 02:10 0 0
Looks to me like the Android 4.0+ multitasking button to me and doesn't looks to have the home button logo, or camera button of a windows phone
50. Berzerk000 posted on 05 Sep 2012, 06:28 0 0
It has the back, home, and recent apps buttons found on Android devices.
51. phitch posted on 05 Sep 2012, 07:24 2 0
Seriously, it has the same basic button layout as every android phone, why would even assume it was WP.
53. Raymond_htc posted on 05 Sep 2012, 08:40 0 0
FACEPALM.. THERE'S NO SEARCH BUTTON ON THIS PHABLET! THERE IS ONLY BACK, HOME AND A RUNNING APPS BUTTON!
56. gwuhua1984 posted on 05 Sep 2012, 10:26 0 0
I thought the home button on WPs is a windows logo?
24. Droid_X_Doug posted on 01 Sep 2012, 07:37 0 0
Perfect answer for not having the Note II on VZW. If it has JB and 2 Gb of RAM in addition to the specs mentioned in the article, I know what I am buying for Xmas.
52. denied911 (banned) posted on 05 Sep 2012, 07:27 0 0
seriously, 5" is phablet?
remember presented 5" full hd screen from lg?
I think next generation of smartphones could have 5" screens so it's still phone not any phablet!
"The 1080 x 1794 resolution on the screen could be stretched out to read 1800 on the vertical if you include HTC's Android 4.0 navigation button"
do you mean 1920 not 1800, geniuses?
4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK posted on 01 Sep 2012, 02:25 1 0
This will be a good Optimus G competitor, let's just see more of the specs, specially the Camera :D
6. Hunt3rj2 posted on 01 Sep 2012, 02:38 5 0
HTC is mad if they think that not making an international version of the supposed phablet is a good idea.
7. speckledapple posted on 01 Sep 2012, 02:41 2 0
I am very interested to see how this plays out. A phablet is probably in my future so my choices will probably range between this, the galaxy note 2, and the LG device. But I admit that after my run with the thunderbolt, I think my faith is distant. Nonetheless, we should see how these devices bring their A game.
8. redmd posted on 01 Sep 2012, 02:54 2 0
Why did it not go with quad krait? 1080p puts a lot of strain to processors so making it quad would be better.
9. tango_charlie posted on 01 Sep 2012, 02:55 4 0
The rumored resolution of 1794 x 1080 doesn't fit to the leaked picture. The Phablet with FullHD display needs to have onscreen navigation buttons to match the resolution. (1920p-1794p = 126 pixels left over for navigation buttons). But the pictured device clearly has capacitive buttons and not onscreen ones.
37. Dr.Phil posted on 01 Sep 2012, 16:57 0 0
Rumors also suggested it would come with a stylus like on the HTC Flyer tablet, but I don't see where that stylus would be housed. It was also rumored to have a quad-core processor, not a dual-core processor. So, either the rumors were wrong (which is likely) or we are looking at a different device.
10. No_Nonsense posted on 01 Sep 2012, 03:00 2 0
Dual-core S4 with Adreno 320? I guess it'll mostly be quad-core with S4 and yes it does look better than the Desire X
12. tango_charlie posted on 01 Sep 2012, 03:06 0 0
There is also the dual core S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU. So it doesn't have to be a quad core Krait.
14. darkskoliro posted on 01 Sep 2012, 03:23 2 0
im actually fine with just dual core, its the gpu that i was looking forward to
20. No_Nonsense posted on 01 Sep 2012, 05:29 0 0
Ok. I thought there were just quad-core kraits with 320s.
16. Berzerk000 posted on 01 Sep 2012, 04:19 4 0
Looking forward to this. I'm not into phablets, but for HTC fans who are interested this is great. Maybe they'll release it with Jelly Bean and Sense 4.1? Along with that S4 Pro, it should be a monster
17. Jonathan41 posted on 01 Sep 2012, 04:55 1 0
It looks irreducible! I've been waiting for HTC to come out with a 5" phone.
18. FrostyDanny posted on 01 Sep 2012, 05:02 2 3
Why would people dislike your comment about a non removable battery? Stupid ass people why would you not want a battery you can't take out? HTC is knows for their s**tty battery life in Phones! With a removable no one would complain.
23. pikapowerize (banned) posted on 01 Sep 2012, 06:23 1 0
i think 'phablet' is the right term for these devices..
21. pikapowerize (banned) posted on 01 Sep 2012, 06:22 0 0
really good.. but i wish it should be S4 pro now... :P
25. paynekiller posted on 01 Sep 2012, 08:38 0 0
Are 5" screen phones really phablets? or are they just previews to the size of the next generation of phones coming next year?
29. g2a5b0e posted on 01 Sep 2012, 10:48 1 0
I'm not a fan of the term "phablet" either, but if you're gonna define it...the smallest tablets are 7". The term was first used to describe the Galaxy Note with its 5.3" screen even though the Dell Streak was technically the first with its 5" screen. The Vu has a 5" screeen & the upcoming Galaxy Note will the biggest at 5.5". There's proababy a good chance that they will get even bigger at some point, so I would say 5" to anything less than 7" is probably a good way to define to category.
30. shamataa posted on 01 Sep 2012, 10:54 0 0
Looks aot like the HTC ONE X but red. Curious of battery also.
32. paulyyd posted on 01 Sep 2012, 12:10 0 9
I'm calling it right now, in a years time, HTC will be the next rim
35. OptimusOne posted on 01 Sep 2012, 14:49 0 1
I thought adreno 320 was only compatable with quadcore s4
and isn't adreno 225 for dualcore s4?
36. RomeoJDR posted on 01 Sep 2012, 16:40 0 0
Wow, that phone looks to be shaping up to have some serious potential. It's hard to believe Verizon will actually be home to one of HTC's iconic unibody phones. Even the "premium" Verizon HTC phones such the Rezound and Incredible before that, didn't have that characteristic top shelf feel to them like their counterparts on other networks. I'm not even going to address the Thunderbolt with its abysmal battery making it virtually useless.
Hopefully these rumors and leaks are the real deal, although I'm still avoiding HTC like the plague due to them trailing a bad pack when it comes to updating relatively new phones (especially tablets) to the latest version of Android.
39. D3VR04 posted on 01 Sep 2012, 18:56 0 0
If this hits the usa with quad s4, a320 and 2gb ram... Shut up and take my money!
For me it's this or LG Optimus G (If it ever hits the u.s). I love HTC products though. Went from htc kaiser to htc incredible, next might be this sexy beast (beast, if quad s4, a320 and 2gb ram lol )! Or maybe g note2 but i'm sure that will be dual core snapdragon when it gets here, if so not getting that!
So quad s4 can work on u.s LTE right? just not quad tegra or exynos?
40. pikapowerize (banned) posted on 01 Sep 2012, 19:17 0 0
i wonder why only qualcomm chips make an LTE... thats why they are on top coz they are the only one with LTE!! i think NVIDIA, TI and Samsung should start making its chips to be LTE ready... qualcomm is enjoying its monopoly so much...
44. emdot82 posted on 02 Sep 2012, 03:25 0 0
This is basically the HTC version of the galaxy note
48. RORYREVOLUTION posted on 05 Sep 2012, 06:14 1 0
Looks good, hopefully it'll come out sooner than later.
54. droidpop posted on 05 Sep 2012, 09:05 0 0
hope VZW doesn't lock the bootloader... if those specs would be in a production phone, Would churn from at&T and the note II to get an htc phone with a hd 5" screen.
57. jibraihimi posted on 05 Sep 2012, 13:49 0 0
Why dual core S4 processor and not Quad core core S4 pro processor.............????
58. andrewlg1990 posted on 06 Sep 2012, 14:48 0 0
I'm a HTC rep and this phone will be known as the HTC Thunderbolt HD lte
59. g2a5b0e posted on 06 Sep 2012, 14:59 0 0
Considering how lauded the original Thunderbolt was for being a buggy mess, that would be a mistake. The smarter move would be to lump it under the Incredible/Rezound series or give it a new name altogether.
60. master0fursinz posted on 07 Sep 2012, 16:38 0 0
wait now looking at the back of the phone, is that a kick stand like the EVO???
61. andrewlg1990 posted on 07 Sep 2012, 18:48 0 0
Yup, just like the original Thunderblot, keeping tradition.