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HTC readying 5in smartphone for September release

The confused world where smartphones meet tablets – producing the crudely-dubbed ‘phablet’ – is rather sparsely populated, with just the 5.3in Samsung Galaxy Note making an impact in the category.

But HTC could be preparing a rival phablet of its own, with a jumbo 5in display smartphone reportedly in the making. Digitimes cites “industry sources” who claim the Taiwanese manufacturer will be releasing the product as soon as September or October.

The sources say the phone will sport a 1,794 by 1,080 pixel resolution (ed: that's a very odd screen ratio), as HTC looks to throw a load of its eggs in the visual basket.

Adding credence to these rumours are testing reports that have been flagged up on the GL Benchmark site, showing a device called the HTC 6435LVW running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich – and crucially owning the same 1794x1080 resolution as noted by the Digitimes sources. Could this be proof of the 5in HTC device's imminent launch?

Though many remain unconvinced about the phablet concept, if not just the name, Samsung did manage to shift an impressive 5 million Galaxy Notes in five months, suggesting there is a market for HTC to exploit. Indeed, Samsung is already planning to raise the stakes with a 5.5in Galaxy Note 2 that is set for release on 29 August.

HTC will need to come out on top of this late-summer phablet battle to help revive its ailing fortunes, as the company’s recently-announced second quarter earnings showed a hefty 58 per cent drop in profit from last year.