HTC U12 – All The Info
HTC U11, which was announced on 16 May last year, was a great smartphone. However, the model was no match for Google’s Pixel 2 or Samsung’s mighty Galaxy S8. Its dated design plus lack of setup for the dual camera were some of the reasons why it did not get a lot of attention.
High Tech Computer (HTC) Corporation is gearing up to make an announcement about its successor. The phone has to be a big improvement, especially on the design front, if it has to be capable of competing with the likes of Huawei’s P20 and Galaxy S9 series. Here are the expectations of what it’s going to bring to the table:
Release Date and Name
There is no official word on exactly what HTC’s upcoming flagship is going to be called. Initially, it was thought that it will be called U12, which makes a lot of sense since the U11 is its predecessor. However, according to Evan Blass (an American editor, blogger and phone leaker), the smartphone will go by the name the U12 Plus. This is because High Tech Computer Corporation wants to make it crystal clear that its flagship is typically a direct competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus, not its smaller brother known to pack less RAM and does not have a dual-camera setup. But, nothing has been affirmed, so in this article, we will just call the handset the HTC U12.
According to LlabTooFeR (HTC custom ROM developer), the U12 was to make its debut in April. However, Bass claims that HTC ran into several problems that made the launch date to be pushed for several weeks, to early May. The release date of the smartphone will probably go on sale one month later or more after its announcement, just like its predecessor.
Features and Specs
Blass shared several alleged U12 specs, giving people an idea of what they should expect. The phone is expected to sport an LCD display of 6 inches with WQHD+ resolution as well as an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display of U11 is much smaller (5.5 inches), and it offers QHD resolution, plus it has a 16:9 aspect ratio.
It is expected that the handset will be powered by the greatest and latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, which will be paired with a 6GB RAM. The smartphone might come with 128 and 64 GB of storage that you will be capable of expanding via a microSD card. Also, msecond-generation Edge Sense software by HTC is said to be included, which allows users to open an application of their choice by simply squeezing the device. But, there are no exact details on how the new generation is going to improve upon the current model.
Unlike the U11 Plus and U11, on the back of U12, they may be a dual-camera setup featuring 16 and 12MP sensors. Additionally, the smartphone could come with a pair of 8MP sensors on its front. The phone is also expected to have a 3,500 mAh battery, LCD tech instead of OLED, Frameless display, and LCD tech rather than OLED.
Other expected features and specs include water protection, an IP68 rating meant for dust, HTC face unlocks, dual and single SIM version, Edge Sense 2.0, full treble support as well as A/B (Seamless) Updates, and possibly wireless charging. It’s likely that the headphone jack will not return, but it’s expected that HTC will ship the smartphone with free USonic earbuds just like it did with U11.
Design and Price
The handset might have a modern look with thin bezels plus a clean front with no HTC’s branding. The back will likely be made of glass and will feature a dual-camera setup that is horizontally positioned, a fingerprint scanner sitting below it plus a logo of HTC’ located further down. The price of the smartphone will likely cost upwards of £649.