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HTC May Fire Back At Rivals With A 5-Inch Smartphone (The “One X 5?”) Of Its Own

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Samsung and LG have already crossed the 5-inch smartphone screen barrier, and now it seems that HTC is planning to make a similar leap any day now. The folks at Engadget happened upon what appears to be an early press render of a hefty new HTC handheld — supposedly dubbed the HTC One X 5 because of its sizable screen — on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo.

But what’s that you say? The device in question looks a little familiar?

That’s not entirely a surprise. A leaked spy shot (see below) of an unknown HTC phone started making the rounds recently, and the color scheme, button layout, and placement of the front-facing camera seem to indicate that these two devices are indeed one and the same. Should that be the case, then the One X 5 may well sport a Snapdragon S4 chipset, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 1080p display, though some of the specifics don’t quite add up. HTCSource’s insider claims that the device’s display has a whopping 480 ppi pixel density — a number that doesn’t really make sense since a 5-inch screen running at 1080p should top out at 440ppi or so — but I’m willing to chalk that up as a minor goof.

The red-and-black trim also seems to point to a future on Verizon Wireless (where it could sport the Droid Incredible X moniker), but that’s not exactly a lock. Remember the similar-looking HTC Sensation XE? (Please tell me I’m not the only one.) Still, the fact that the benchmarks of a similarly-spec’d device (and clearly Verizon-bound) HTC phone first appeared online earlier this summer could mean that the One X 5 may soon appear on domestic store shelves, albeit possibly without a stylus in tow.

There’s little question that HTC has something up its proverbial sleeve, but when will it finally see the light of day? It could be awfully soon — HTC does have a big press event on the books this week — but I wouldn’t hold my breath just yet. The prevailing theory is that the Taiwanese OEM will instead unveil its new Windows Phone 8 devices, though I don’t think any of us would mind being surprised by a top-tier Android device once the event is under way.


HTC May Fire Back At Rivals With A 5-Inch Smartphone (The “One X 5?”) Of Its Own

Wild Berry Report: Chinese iPhones Smell Of Pineapple, Mango, And Apple

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Go plug in your iPhone, wait a few minutes and then take a big whiff over the headphone jack. Smell anything? Well, there are widespread reports in China that their phones smell like fruit. Seriously. Owners are stating that their Apple iPhones actually smell like apples.

As M.I.C. Gadget reports, it’s a popular topic on China’s Sina Weibo microblogging social network. Owners claim that during the charging process they can smell the sweet fragrance of pineapple, mango, peach and apple. It seems to be most prevalent around the headphone jack but others state that they can smell it around the volume controls, as well.

Apparently some of the organic solvents used in the manufacturing process could be the source. While the iPhone is charging, the internals heat up, causing some of the residue to heat up and emit the smell. One Apple China rep suggested that the smell is from the internal components and advised not to inhale too hard.

Oh, another real possibility is that China is trolling the rest of the world, and are currently sitting back, completely satisfied knowing that right now there are millions of iPhone owners innocently smelling their phones.


Wild Berry Report: Chinese iPhones Smell Of Pineapple, Mango, And Apple