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HTC One M8 Max rumors resurface

Once thought to be gone and buried, an update to HTC's plus-size smartphone could still arrive.

The HTC One Remix is but one of multiple versions of the flagship smartphone. Andrew Hoyle/CNET

HTC could be readying a 5.5-inch version of its One M8 flagship smartphone after all, according to a new rumor. Chinese website says that the device may be here before the year is out.

As the subject of plenty of whispers earlier in the year, the so-called HTC One M8 Max/ Prime was thought to be put out to pasture.

Reborn reports suggest that the smartphone could feature a 5.5-inch 2,560x1,440-pixel display and an 18-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.5, other hardware could include a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery. Allegedly, HTC will build the phone out of an aluminum composite.

Given that this is but one report of the HTC One M8 Max, we should tread very lightly. It's worth noting that we haven't seen any benchmarks or leaked images to corroborate the rumors. HTC has already released multiple versions of its One M8 this year, but yet none of them are of supersize dimensions, while Apple has recently moved into 'phablet' territory with the iPhone 6 Plus .