HTC will unveil a new flagship smartphone later this week at a private event alongside a possible blockchain phone. Much unlike last week’s OnePlus unveiling, we don’t know as much in regard of what to expect for the upcoming device. The name is not yet confirmed, as we’ve seen mixed reports of an HTC U12 and HTC U12+. However, it’s very unlikely these are separate handsets. In the latest leak that comes from Evan Blass on Twitter, we get a better image of the phone and some of its specifications.
HTC might not enjoy the fact that Evan Blass just spilled information on its upcoming flagship code-named ‘Imagine’ for 2018. The secret is no more with just two days until the official announcement as confirmed in a recent HTC teaser. In the leaked images, we see three colorways: Black, Grey and Dark Red. There might be more colors for some regions, though these are expected to be the main colors offered.
Just as important is the overall design of the handset, and we get a good look at it in these renders. Both the front and rear sides are shown, confirming a metal build with rear fingerprint scanner, horizontal mounted dual rear camera combo, and more. The front looks to be of the newer 18:9 aspect ratio allowing for more screen space and better maximization of screen to body ratio with slimmer bezels. This would be a first for HTC and indicate a shift toward modern and trendy smartphone design language. There’s no notch, but the remainder of the design is very much in line with this year’s competition, just with HTC branding.
Evan Blass also pointed at a bunch of specs. We learn that the HTC device might have many of the latest hardware specs including a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage capacities, and microSD card support. Android 8.0 is expected to be pre-loaded and Android P will arrive at a later date with monthly security patches. The latest version of Edge Sense will also be on board to provide new functions for the squeeze gestures and user interface said to be like stock Android.
We’re expecting the upcoming HTC handset to bring back a handful of abilities from the successful HTC U 11 including BoomSound speakers and good cameras. On the rear, this could mean an improved 12MP / 16MP UltraPixel combo. Other popular specs may include a sealed 3,500mAh battery with USB Type-C fast charging and a notably absent 3.5mm headphone jack.
High-end smartphones are launching left and right as it seems many Android OEMs waited until HTC’s month of May to unveil their latest and greatest smartphone. HTC’s mobile division has continued to struggle and the company’s new strategy of releasing less phones this year might be to consume costs, and spending on R&D and marketing. Some thought HTC would skip a flagship this year, so this is positive news. Now we’re just waiting on the price and availability information, which will need to be better than what was the case with HTC U 11+. The market will be super crowded with options that look very much alike, so it’ll be interesting to see what HTC does to separate itself apart from the rest. Let us know what you want to see in the comments.
SOURCE [Evan Blass on Twitter]