The Samsung Galaxy Note or what many call a “phablet” has been really popular amongst consumers so it’s no surprise that Samsung would be making their second generation of Phablets nor would it be a surprise that another company would want to expand upon the whole “phablet” idea.
Aside from LG and Samsung, not many companies have gone into the whole “Phablet” industry despite its wide popularity. It’ll be interesting to see which companies expand upon the Phablet and decide to take it for a spin. Other than that, you may just be interested to hear that HTC has been rumored that they are preparing a similar device to the Samsung Galaxy Note or even the Note 2. It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.
It’s very well possible and is very likely that HTC will be making a device with a 5-inch screen and a 1080p display. Of course the Samsung Galaxy Note still comes in with a larger display size of 5.3 inches. Not a huge difference but still makes the Galaxy Note the largest phone or “phablet” to date. Digitimes has said that the upcoming rumored device from HTC will be sporting a resolution of 1794 x 1080 pixels. Digitimes has also said that the device is slated for a launch between September and October. I’m usually pretty on board when it comes to rumors but when it comes to launch dates I’m pretty wary to believe these types of things. Either way, it’s no surprise that HTC would want to launch something similar to Samsung Galaxy Note soon after the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Sure HTC is launching a similar device and it’s no secret that LG touched the waters with its 5 inch Optimus Vu. The Galaxy Note 2 will be passing up both of these phones with a 5.5 inch display if rumors prove to be true. The Galaxy Note 2 isn’t expected to sport a resolution any higher than 720p, so the rumored HTC device might be your style if you don’t like the larger 5.5 inch screen or 720p resolution. The Galaxy Note 2 is also very likely to integrate Samsung’s quad core Exynos 4112. No details have emerged about the processor that will be powering the rumored HTC device. If they make it a quad core processor though, it’s very likely that we’ll be seeing NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 Quad Core processor in it.
Right now, HTC is using two different chip supplies. One of those is NVIDIA with their Quad Core Tegra 3 processor that, as implied, runs on HTC’s quad core devices. The other chip is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 for their high end dual core devices. There’s been no rumors as to if the rumored HTC device will be using a different chip. Again, it is very, very likely that it will be sporting the NVIDIA Tegra 3.
HTC’s upcoming HTC One X+, the successor to the very popular One X, is also expected to integrate a faster 1.7GHz quad core Tegra 3 processor which means that could even makes its way into its rumored 5 inch handset. There’s also a slight chance that Qalcomm’s next generation quad core Snapdragon S4 processor could also find a place in the rumored HTC device.
Keep in mind that these are all rumors and are not necessarily all true. The rumors in their current form are pretty exciting to fans of the HTC brand. I do wonder if we’ll be seeing an official announcement at a launch or debut party much like Samsung does with their Galaxy Note lineup.
It’ll be really interesting to see what the rumored HTC device will actually look like. If you’ve followed the Apple vs Samsung litigation you’ll probably understand that no one else is going to want to follow in Samsung’s footsteps, especially with Apple preparing to sue them over some other supposed patent violations that has to deal with the Galaxy S III and supposed violations with the Galaxy Note. I almost imagine that it’ll look a lot like their very popular HTC One X device in a larger format. That could be wrong because of the upcoming HTC One X+ coming out, but I wonder what a HTC “Phablet” would actually even look like. I’m honestly very excited and looking forward to an official announcement.
Aside from all of this, it’s also very likely that the rumored HTC device will be stocked with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean considering its supposed release date and rumored hardware. HTC makes some pretty high quality devices so I would be very surprised to find out that it wasn’t stocked with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
HTC has been reached out for comment, but so far they haven’t responded and/or are trying to keep the device on the down low for now. It’s no secret that they are making something to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2. If we hear anything at all from HTC we’ll be sure to keep you updated!
So aside from all that, it’s actually pretty interesting. HTC has been known to drop support for their devices pretty fast (HTC Inspire as an example). With that said, will you be looking forward to HTC’s rumored device? Will you be even interested in getting the HTC device? Are you even a fan of HTC? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear about it whether you like HTC or not! Let us know your thoughts!