Rumors of a followup to the HTC’s first attempt at a high-end phablet — the HTC One Max — have been rumored for awhile now. We got our first look at a “leaked” press render of the device back in May, where, only 10 days later, we’d later learn that the phone’s development was allegedly suspended as HTC focused on their current crop of devices (like the HTC One M8).
Now, rumors of a new HTC-made phablet is making the rounds, this time with Brazilian site 4G News claiming the exclusive on a device they’re calling the HTC Hima Ace Plus (that’s a mouth full). A rough translation of the site shows top of the line specs that include a 5.5-inch QHD display without bezels (whatever that means), 2.3GHz Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, and fingerprint scanner that works even when the device is in standby. As for camera capabilities, it’s also said to come equipped with a 4MP UltraPixel front facing camera, and 20MP rear camera — all specs that are pretty much in tune with what we’ve been hearing about the HTC Hima (only bigger).
Really, it’s tough to verify the validity of these claims, with only a single “anonymous” source cited, we’d say take this with a great big handful of salt. With just about everyone launching a phablet these days (Motorola’s Nexus 6, the newly announced Xiaomi Mi Note), we’d say this year would be the perfect time for HTC to come in hot with a premium phablet of their own. Especially if the device was already nearing completion.
If the device is real, don’t expect to see it at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Sources claim the phone wont be unveiled until sometime in August or September, lining up with HTC’s previous fall timing for the 2013 HTC One Max (and pitting it directly against the Samsung Galaxy Note 5).