Despite the incredible dominance of Samsung, Apple and, to an extent, HTC, in the smartphone market, HP is insistent that is “has to be in the game.” Weird, because HP hasn’t been in the game for years now—it essentially killed webOS—and mobile is easily the fiercest market to compete in. Be that as it may, it already looks like HP is working on something worthwhile, according to a leaked render of the “HP Brave” smartphone.
The render doesn’t reveal too much; the heavy watermark and J.J. Abrams lens flare kind of obscures the actual device. What we can extract from the image, however, is that HP’s device may run a more vanilla Android, which more manufacturers seem willing to do these days. Design-wise, it looks like any other smartphone—I’m not so sure I like that huge, off-center HP logo on the back.
PhoneArena also provided some specs to work with. The device reportedly offers a 4.5-inch screen with a 1600 x 900-pixel resolution – not quite the 1080p screens we’re seeing these days – 2GB of RAM, a 14.5-megapixel camera and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2GHz. It also reportedly runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Update: HP has provided a statement about the rumor, via BGR.
This is a fabrication. This is not an HP phone. HP will expand to additional mobility categories and form factors where we believe we can offer differentiated value to our customers. We will bring smartphones to market but are not giving a timetable.