The boys from HTC Source are coming out with some brand new intel on the upcoming HTC 5″ phablet, codenamed DIx. I wish we were making up that codename, but we’re definitely not making up the list of specs included with HTC’s new Galaxy Note competitor. HTC Source has confirmed the presence of a 480ppi display, quad-core Snapdragon S4, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. They also claim that a second notification LED is available for calls/alerts/charging on the back of the device near the camera. I can’t imagine why the back of the device is a good place to put a notification light, but we’ll roll with it.
The device’s current codename, DIx, is still up in the air — but is set to be marketed on Verizon shelves as a DROID device which has everyone believing that DIx stands for DROID Incredible X. Makes sense right?
Unfortunately, not all of these specs match up to previous leaks and rumors, but HTC Source says their source is reliable and that they trust this new set of information. Previously discovered as the HTC 6435LVW, benchmark stats shows the device running a dual-core Snapdragon S4 with 1794 x 1080 display featuring a pixel density of 418ppi. So we’re clearly hoping the new specs are the right ones and the previous benchmark tests are for an earlier model of the device or something else altogether. Furthermore, there is no sign the DIx will support expandable memory with no microSD slot, a disappointment, though not necessarily a deal breaker for some.
On a different note, the source also says there is no support for stylus’ like the HTC Scribe or Samsung’s S Pen, a glaring omission if true. Samsung’s addition of the S Pen to the Galaxy Note and Note II exponentially increased the devices feature set and capabilities and would be a disappointing loss to HTC’s upcoming device.
So, what do you think about this vs the Galaxy Note II? Does Samsung take the cake?