Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note II may not be the only “phablet” worth keeping an eye on this fall. According to “industry sources” speaking to DigiTimes, HTC is planning to debut a 5-inch smartphone in September or October, which will boast a full 1080p high-definition display with a 1794 by 1080 resolution.
That seems like a strange resolution at first glance, but as noted by The Verge, it’s likely that 126 vertical lines will be dedicated to Android’s virtual navigation buttons, which were introduced with Ice Cream Sandwich. That means the device would actually feature a 1920 x 1080 panel.
DigiTimes reports have been less than reliable in recent times, and so we normally advise you to take every one with a pinch of salt. However, this one is backed up by a GLBenchmark test from back in July, which details a “HTC 6435LVW” with a 1794 x 1080 display, powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor running Android 4.0.4.
That seems to confirm a device with these specifications is currently being tested by HTC, but whether or not it will show its face this fall remains to be seen. It seemed like only a matter of time before the Galaxy Note got a rival, though.
[via The Verge]