With Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Apple’s iPad Mini selling like hotcakes, it appears consumers like smaller slate devices. But are they interested in 5-inch “phablet” devices? Mobile manufacturer HTC sure hopes so.
HTC and partner Verizon Wireless will reportedly unveil a 5-inch tablet/smartphone hybrid during a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
HTC is giving the device the rather nondescript name Droid DNA. It’s a slight variation on the HTC J Butterfly, which will only ship to Japan.
Here are the specs: The HTC Droid DNA comes equipped with a 5-inch high-definition 1920 x 1080 (1080p) display. The firm says the screen will feature more than two million pixels at a density of 440 pixels per inch. Sound like jibberish? Consider this: the iPad 2 and iPad Mini reportedly boast 132 pixels and 163 pixels per inch, respectively. The 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II features a pixel per inch count of 267.
The Droid DNA’s display is also protected by a new type of Gorilla Glass from Corning.
Powering that display is a Qualcomm Krait chip featuring four Snapdragon processors running at 1.5 GHz each. This thing even comes with 2GB RAM equipped.
Here’s the problem: to watch 1080p HD content, users will have to download massive video files That will require some serious storage. The other issue: powering this thing is going to demand a lot of the battery, meaning the Droid DNA will spend a lot of time connected to a charger.
Finally, it’s expected this behemoth will cost a pretty penny. We’ll know more about that next week.