Taiwanese manufacturer HTC (quietly desperate) has been on board the WinPho train since day one, with Mango-flavoured goodies including the HTC 7 Mozart and HTC 7 Pro.
More recently, we met the Windows Phone 8-fuelled HTC 8X and HTC 8S, and now we’re being told that a WinPho phablet in the style of the Samsung Galaxy Note is being discussed by the bigwigs.
Before you get too excited, it was only a few days ago that we were told not to expect a 5in Windows Phone device from HTC any time soon, on account of WinPho hardware limitations.
The latest rumour, relayed by Bloomberg, acknowledges said hardware limitations, but suggests that they were high on the agenda in recent meetings between Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and HTC’s Peter Chou.
Windows Phone 8’s maximum screen resolution is 1280 x 768, hence HTC scrapping plans for a 5in WinPho device at present, but it sounds like that’s the dream as far as Chou is concerned.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has certainly shown that there's a market for large-screened devices, with five million units sold in two months.
In the meantime, HTC has fired out the Android-based 5in 1080p HTC Butterfly (or Droid DNA or whatever the heck you want to call it). Sounds great, but still no official word on a UK release.