HTC seems to be gearing up for a big autumn if this week’s rumours are anything to go by. Yesterday we had news that the Taiwanese firm was prepping a jumbo 5in smartphone for a September release, potentially bolstering the fairly uninhabited ‘phablet’ market.
And today, we have reports that the successor to the One X smartphone is on the way for October – perhaps less of a gamble than the phablet venture given the pretty strong reception that met the One X’s release into the wild.
As with all good leaks, news of the product comes uninhibited by confirmation and facts. But Stuff, which has brought the rumour to people’s attention, describes its HTC sources as “trusty” and does divulge a few interesting details.
As well as the 1 October “or before” launch date, we have its codename ‘HTC Endeavour C2’, and a few of its specs - including a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, an improved battery, a new colour, and bundled UrBeats earphones. The Endeavour C2 should also be compatible with the One X’s accessories.
In terms of software, the sources claim HTC is adding the ClearVoice feature to improve call quality and it will be the company’s first phone to run HTC Watch 2, which is the latest version of its video-on-demand service. UK networks are expected to offer the phone for around £5 more a month than the One X.
After this autumn onslaught there are suggestions HTC will be linking up with Facebook to build a smartphone alongside the social media giant. Last month’s reports stated the project would wait until HTC dealt with its own portfolio, so developments could well be afoot once these products have hit the market.