Around a month ago, word got out that HTC was working on a 5-inch phone-tablet that’s set to rival Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note. Save for a few details, we didn’t have much else with that initial report, but here’s a couple of photos – along with more specifics – that corroborate the initial leak.
The leaked images show a 5-inch device that’s described to rock a 1794 x 1080 HD resolution. It’s also going to feature Beats Audio tech and dual cameras, with the main snapper at the back sporting a LED flash, but resolution wasn’t specified. The particular shade of red used on the trim also suggests that it could be headed for Verizon under their Droid line. It doesn’t look like it’s going to come with a built-in stylus though, so Samsung’s phablet could still be safe on that front.
Other details are still up in the air, but something like it has been spotted on a benchmarking site last month, tagged as the “HTC6435LVW”. If it’s the same phablet, then it’s set up to be a high-end performer. The test showed it to run on a 1.5GHz processor (and Android 4.0.4) that ran circles around the usual Qualcomm S4.
No word on an official announcement yet, but it could be close. Or it has to be if they want to make an impact after Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy Note II. LG’s also pushing a similar device called the Optimus Vu. Apple might be a serious player as well, after a number of reports point to a smaller “iPad mini.” In any case, it looks like the phablet/compact tablet market’s going to get pretty crowded soon.