May, 30 2013


So much Android hardware news these past few days, I almost feel bad for those other guys. In any case, we’ve been hearing rumors for quite sometime that HTC was working on a Samsung Galaxy Note challenger, a mysterious “phablet” (I hate that word as much as you) dubbed internally as the HTC T6. This device would finally give big booty handset lovers and HTC fans the device they’ve always dreamed about. Today, our friend at @evleaks took to the Unlockr to post his latest leak… and boy, it’s a doozy.

According to Mr. Leaks, the HTC T6 will reportedly come with a 5.9-inch full HD display, powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM8974). Just like the semi-confirmed and recently leaked HTC M4, the HTC T6 will carry almost identical aesthetics to the HTC One — front facing speakers and all. The UltraPixel camera is also said to return for the T6, only this time around it will be “optically” stabilized and come along with a 2.1MP wide angle front facing camera.

Remember that capacitive style pen from the HTC Flyer? Well, it looks like it could be coming back and possibly with a vengeance. The HTC T6 will take similar advantage of a capacitive-like pen, possibly like the Scribe from the Flyer. In an attempt at pulling users and potential customers away from Samsung’s Note line, HTC is said to be focusing a lot of time and effort in making sure this pen — and it’s software — is a top-notch, premium experience for Android users.

While the RAM comes in at the standard 2GB, unfortunately it looks as if the device might only carry 16GB of storage internally. Before you flip your table (we all know how 16GB turned out on the GS4), the HTC T6 is said to feature memory expandability via micro SD card. What’s also interesting about this leak is the possible inclusion of a fingerprint reader, something we haven’t seen since the OG Motorola Atrix. Unlike that device, this sensor will be on the back of the device so that it’s easily unlocked when you go to pick up and use the device naturally.

That’s not all. The HTC T6 could also be outfitted with some premium HTC accessories, like something @evleaks calls a “powerjacket” (charging case), upping the included 3,300mAh battery with a bonus 1,250mAh of juice. Something tells me you might have a hard time killing this thing.

Finally, the HTC T6 will launch sometime late summer or early fall and — wait for it — come out of the box with Android _._ Key Lime Pie. That’s right, folks. This just might be one of the first devices on the market running Android’s next big firmware update and, of course, Sense on top. Sense will also have some tweaks like an improved BlinkFeed experience.

What say ye? If all this turns out to be true, HTC might have come back from the brink of death to take their rightful spot as top Android manufacturer (even if sales say otherwise). With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 just around the corner, are there any Samsung fans out there considering the HTC T6 if Samsung doesn’t wow you with their next flagship bigphone?

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