HTC is planning a new device, the One XXL which may come with, yes you guessed it right, giant specs. A post on the XDA Developers forum states that the phone could have a 4.7-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with Krait cores, 2GB of RAM, 8MP camera and 1.8MP front facing camera. Some sources have said that the display could be bumped up to 5.5 inches, but all this needs to just be taken with a pinch of salt, till something concrete comes out. The concept below seems to have a massive display with a thin bezel which we quite like, but again this is just a concept display.

A mock up image

A mock up image

The name XXL itself makes us believe that if HTC plans on launching this product then it would be a befitting competitor to the rumoured Galaxy Note II, and this will make for a very interesting battle. The Galaxy Note has been a success worldwide and in the Indian subregion as well. This Note mini-tab with its ultra large screen and powerful specs has found a lot of love the world over. The large mobile handset that could have passed off as a small tablet offered users from all walks of life a unique feature set that was apt for business, media or any other function. But now, according to the latest rumours making the rounds, the Galaxy Note II is apparently in the works. 

The next generation of the Galaxy Note may feature a Super AMOLED 5.5-inch display with 360 pixel density. The presumed Galaxy Note II is also said to feature a faster CPU and more memory. That will be quite a step up from the current model. As mobile processors get faster and more powerful, it’s anyone’s guess what the new Note would have under the hood, but we’re looking at a dual-core Exynos 5250 processor with 1.5GB of RAM at the moment. The blueprint for the Galaxy Note’s success has already been made as customers have started liking ‘the bigger, the better’ conundrum. If HTC do launch the XXL with specs similar to the rumoured ones of the Galaxy Note II, along with the more beautiful HTC Sense on top, then we’re set for a tough fight in the near future. 

Another aspect that comes to the light is the inexhaustible need for more power in smartphones. Mobile phone life cycles are fast diminishing due to new technologies powering the latest smartphones and what you bought six months back has already started to wean off in terms of popularity. Even the quad core phones aren’t exception to this rule as upcoming devices are fast trumping their specs. The HTC One XXL may just have everything in terms of specs – but it still may not be enough for us power hungry users. With Apple’s iPhone, new Windows Phone 8 devices and the whole lot of Android devices coming up, the remaining of this year is going to have a paradigm shift on whether specs matter or the user experience matters. While they are closely related to each other, they still are two distinct entities. 

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