If rumors spawned by a leaked screenshot from the German site SmartDroid turn out to be true, North Americans may finally get to have their quad-core cake and eat LTE, too. HTC is rumored to be making a new Android superphone with a name that sounds like it came from a clothing store: the One XXL. The rather suspect screenshot indicates a 4.7-inch screen, a 1.6 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with LTE support, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 1.8-megapixel front-facing camera.
Plausible specs, implausible screenshot
Qualcomm does indeed make a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, so it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that HTC would make a phone with this processor. Moreover, since the Snapdragon S4 supports LTE, North American customer could finally get their quad-core fix in a smartphone. It’s also plausible that this alleged superphone could have 2GB of RAM, especially since LG is coming out with a phone with that much memory (not to mention the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S III).
However, I have several misgivings about the “leaked” screenshot. For one thing, the labels for each spec in the “Hardware-Informationen” screenshot are in German, while at least one of the detail fields is in English. Look under the Anzeige section, and you’ll see the Imperial measurement in inches (Germany uses the metric system), and the word “resolution.” Although there is a German word spelled “resolution,” that word refers to a determination or consensus, while the word for screen resolution (according to Google Translate) is Bildschirmauflösung.
Also, the background of the “Hardware-Informationen” screenshot makes it easy to manipulate in Photoshop or a similar program, as I generated a fake render in just a few minutes, indicating an “Octocore” (8-core) processor below.
Dennis Fischer, the writer of the SmartDroid article containing the leaked screenshot, expressed doubts based on the particular Adreno GPU that is indicated (the Adreno 320). He says the Adreno processor accompanying the quad-core Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 chip should be the Adreno 350. However, according to Qualcomm itself, the APQ8064 chip indeed comes with the Adreno 320.
Time will tell if there is any truth to these rumors. Hopefully, the HTC One XXL does see the light of day despite the unreliable screenshot leak, especially if Verizon and T-Mobile were to get in on this device. If they do, it would more than compensate for their U.S. customers not getting any variant of the One X.