HP Brave: upcoming Android smartphone gets leaked renders and specs (Update: it’s a fake)
HP is apparently getting ready to get back in the smartphone game. This after they’ve made their debut in the tablet space once again with the Slate 7.
Gone is webOS from HP’s devices, though. The mobile OS that powered the Pre and its successors has in the meantime been sold to LG, which will use it in TVs for whatever reason. Yet HP still wants to have a go at the mobile market. Just not with webOS, it seems.
The company’s new beloved mobile OS is, unsurprisingly, Android. After releasing the Slate 7 which runs Google’s mobile operating system, a smartphone is next. Oh, and by the way, here it is:
Name? Unknown yet, but it’s codenamed Brave. HP Brave. Yeah. And the images above are supposed to be renders depicting it. Through some benchmark results, we also have a few of its specs.
The new HP smartphone will come with a 4.5-inch 1,600×900 touchscreen, a 14.5 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, a 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, and 2 GB of RAM. That chipset is quickly becoming the one of record for upcoming high-end Androids, yet the screen resolution used here is something new to the Android world. And a 14.5 MP camera would be a first on any mobile device. 5 MP front cameras aren’t that common either, except in China, where they’re used to fuel a ‘women-focused’ smartphone craze.
At the moment, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is running the show in the HP Brave, but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily run this version at launch. It’s too early to tell. And speaking of that, we’ve yet to find out when this will be out or for how much. But it’s safe to assume that 2013 will be the year of HP’s comeback into the mobile world, tablets and smartphones alike.
Update: BGR.com just got a statement from the company regarding this phone, and HP is very straightforward about it. The render above (and probably the rest of the info) is a fabrication:
This is a fabrication. This is not an HP phone. HP will expand to additional mobility categories and form factors where we believe we can offer differentiated value to our customers. We will bring smartphones to market but are not giving a timetable.