August 6, 2012

HTC preparing a 5-inch phone with 1080p display for September, says DigiTimes

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Are 720p displays not enough for you? HTC is reputedly working on cramming Full HD resolution into its next flagship smartphone, a purported 5-inch device that is expected to launch in either September or October. This information comes from DigiTimes, citing an unusual resolution of 1794 x 1080, which we're guessing means it has a full 1920 x 1080 panel, but omits 126 vertical lines for Android's onscreen navigation buttons, introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich.
Although DigiTimes' industry sources have a spotty record with their predictions, there is some corroboration for this rumored HTC phone in the shape of a GLBenchmark result that matches the resolution (and reiterates Android as the OS) from back in July. Also on the GLB information sheet, you'll find mention of Qualcomm's MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 SoC paired with Adreno 320 graphics. Running at a max speed of 1.5GHz, this chip would go a long way to matching the crazy-high resolution that is presently being speculated, while also maintaining HTC's reputation for pushing ahead in the Android spec race.
HTC has traditionally updated its Android lineup twice annually, with the autumn refresh generally being a little less aggressive than the one in the springtime. If this 5-inch flagship is indeed what the company is cooking up for the near future, we may need to reconsider that trend. Then again, with the financial performance HTC has suffered through in the past few quarters, a little more aggression seems like the right remedy.

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