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HTC ‘phablet’ and Endeavour C2 in the pipeline

HTC look to be preparing for a busy Autumn if recent reports are to be believed.

Not only could we see the Taiwanese manufacturer announce the Endeavour C2, successor to the One X, but we could also see them wade into the ‘phablet’ market to try and take on the hugely successful Samsung Galaxy Note and soon to be Nokia Lumia Phi.

HTC Endeavour C2: The rumours?

Reports are flying in about a successor to HTC’s One X super smartphone, rumoured to be the Endeavour C2.

As with all smartphone leaks, nothing is set in stone until we see an official release. However, Stuff.tv, who brought the rumour to light describe thier HTC source as ‘trusty’ and if that doesnt fill you with confidence, i dont know what will.

HTC Endeavour C2: Expected Specs?

Again, this leaked information is best digested with a pinch of salt, but here’s what we may be seeing in the new handset:

  • A quad core 1.7GHz processor
  • ClearVoice technology -  perfect for ordering a pizza during a hurricane
  • Improved battery life
  • Dr Dre Beats Audio technology

As for the design, expect something similar to the One X (uni-bodied design) but with a few more colours to choose from.

HTC phablet: The rumours?

HTC is said to be planning to bring a ‘phablet’ to the market, capitalising on the estimated 208 million of the devices that are set to be sold in 2015, according to ABI research.

HTC recently announced that although the company earned $91.04 billion (£58.32bn) in revenue in the second quarter, as well as net profits of $7.4 billion (£4.74bn), this was a 58% drop in profit compared to figures for 2011.

The rumoured phablet, defined by ABI as phones with displays ranging in size from 4.6 to 5.5 inches, may be an attempt to reverse HTC’s third consecutive quarterly decline.

HTC phablet: Expected Specs?

HTC’s phablet (phone/tablet hybrid) is set to come with a 5-inch full HD display and also feature a 1794×1080 resolution screen. This will see it offer sharper graphics than the 720p displays featured on the One X and other HTC handsets.

Although no confirmation has yet been given of the device, the existence of a GLBenchmark, which measures and compares the performance of OpenGL ES implementation of different mobile devices, for a model with the same resolution could add weight to the rumours.

The GLBenchmark for the same device also outlines that the device runs on a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 CPU with an Adreno 320 GPU.

The S4 Pro version of MSM8960 is optimised for the most advanced operating systems, including the forthcoming Windows 8 system.

Luis Pineda, senior vice president of computing and consumer products for Qualcomm said:

“Snapdragon S4 and S4 Pro are designed to enable tablets and notebook devices to deliver the high performance, flexibility, global 3G/4G connectivity and energy efficiency consumers are increasingly demanding,”

The Adreno 320 offers ‘up to a four times performance improvement’ providing users with an enhanced experience for Web browsing, games, user interfaces and other graphics applications.

With a range of power-packed processors, the HTC phablet may be set to be the next big thing.

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