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HTC Proto in prototype photo leak

The HTC Proto prototype shares the rounded and lazy naming of the HTC One X.

If you had to come up with names for phones, you'd probably run out of ideas every now and again. On that note, say hello to HTC's prototype HTC Proto.

The Proto shares the rounded look of the HTC One X, in a case The Verge reports to be just 9.62mm thick. Squeezed inside is a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, with a 4-inch screen for tapping and poking.

No word yet on which version of Android is to be found inside this concept phone, but we can make an educated guess. The latest update, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, is a bit too new for most manufacturers to get to grips with, so my money's on version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For more on Google's mobile software, click here for our guide to all the features of every version of Android.

We don't know how close the Proto is to production, but fingers crossed we'll see it soon. It could make its first appearance next week at IFA, the annual gadgetstravaganza taking place in Berlin where the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is set to make its debut. Whatever is unveiled in Germany, we'll be there mob-handed to bring you the first news, reviews and videos -- so keep it CNET, you handsome devil you.

Is it just me, or is HTC just not putting any effort into its names any more? Calling a prototype the Proto, indeed. And HTC's flagship phones are called the One series: honestly, naming a phone the One X is a Friday afternoon decision if ever I heard one.

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