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Rumors of HTC's 5.5-inch Hima Ace Plus muddy flagship waters

With specifications that fall in line with the previously rumored HTC One M9, this rumored plus-size phone could also include a fingerprint scanner. But is it HTC's next flagship?

The HTC Hima Ace Plus is one of multiple devices rumored for 2015. CNET

Well, this is interesting. The latest rumor of HTC's next flagship phone is gelling around a 5.5-inch phablet called the Hima Ace Plus, claims Portuguese website 4GNews. This marks the third rumored flagship device from HTC, after the HTC One M9 and the HTC Hima (more on those below.)

Listed as having a 5.5-inch 2,560x1,440-pixel display, the Hima Ace Plus would reportedly feature a very thin bezel and a fingerprint scanner that works even when the screen is turned off.

The camera specs would be HTC's most ambitious yet, with a 20-megapixel camera on the back and a 4-megapixel UltraPixel selfie shooter. Other specifications outed in a recent leak call for a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 3,000mAh battery.

Keeping pace with other HTC models of late, the Hima Ace Plus is alleged to offer front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers. In terms of software, we should expect Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC's Sense 7 UI.

All things considered, this sounds like a bigger version of the HTC Hima, rumors about which began circulating in early December, and a lot like specs for the previously leaked HTC One M9. While there are noticeable differences in the pair, it's hard to imagine HTC wanting to release two phones with such similar hardware.

If this sounds like the type of device you can get behind, you'll want to temper your enthusiasm just a bit. According to sources close to the site, this one won't arrive until August or September, making this a separate phone from the one we'll likely see at MWC.