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Earlier this month, HP hinted at a return to the smartphone market and hints of a new handset appeared online today. A 4.5-inch device with Snapdragon 800 chip and high res screen called the HP Brave turned up in a benchmark app.

HP mobility chief Alberto Torres

After recently suggesting it would get back into the smartphone game, HP appears to be testing a new Android 4.2 handset code-named Brave. Using a screen cap from the AnTuTu benchmarking app, Phone Arena uncovered information about the phone’s internal specifications. While there’s no guarantee HP will actually launch such a device, gathering data from AnTuTu in the past has been a solid source for upcoming devices.

Based on the data, the HP Brave could be a nice comeback for the company, which has floundered in the mobile space with a failure in webOS and a budget Android tablet to date. According to the AnTuTu information, the HP Brave will use a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, which is shaping up to power many other high-end devices later this year: Sony, LG and HTC are all expected to use Qualcomm’s best silicon in upcoming phones. Benchmark data suggests the HP Brave will use a 4.5-inch display with a 1600 x 900 resolution.

That’s lower than the 1920 x 1080 screens on current flagships, but provides a similar pixel density at 408 pixels per inch. That means the screen would be just as clear as peer devices even though the screen is smaller. And that may be a good thing: It’s nearly impossible to find a top performing Android phone these days that doesn’t have a screen under 4.7-inches. Other specs to round out the reported device include a 14.5 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front facing camera and 2 GB of memory.

Update: We received the following email statement from Michael Thacker, Director, Corporate Media Relations at HP: “The photo is a fabrication and is not a photo of anything HP has in the works. Someone is making stuff up.” Either HP is trying hard to keep any smartphone plans under wraps or the Brave is simply what Thacker says: wishful thinking.

  1. Give HP some credit. They know better than to pull a Zune….wait, do they?

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  2. Look, I like you guys but maybe you could label your headlines a little better. “Headline (update: Headline is wrong)” seems like y’all are just putzing around.

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