HTC is pressing on, despite years on the edge of oblivion.
The company’s 2018 flagship will apparently be called the HTC U12 and, while it didn’t launch at MWC 2018, we now have some pretty juicy details about the handset’s specs.
The handset itself was shown off at a 5G event last month and reliable tipster LlabTooFeR, a ROM developer, was on hand to document the device’s specs and hardware features.
According to the leaker, the HTC U12’s specs will look something like this:
- CPU SD845
- Display 5.99 QHD+
- RAM up to 6GB
- ROM up to 256GB
- Dual Main Camera 12mp + 16mp (Sony IMX3xx)
- Front Camera 8mp
- Battery 3420mah
- HTC Face Unlock
- Edge Sense 2.0
- Android 8.0 + Sense 10
- Full treble support and A/B (Seamless) Updates
- Single and Dual SIM version
If true, HTC could well have one of the best smartphones around when it launches its U12. The storage alone is something of a game-changer in the Android space, especially if the price is decent.
Including the Snapdragon 845 CPU alongside 6GB of RAM will ensure great performance, and Sony’s IMX sensors are well known for their abilities, so imaging should be very strong.
“HTC Face Unlock” indicates the handset will use a similar technology to Apple’s Face ID, whereby the user unlocks the phone with their face. Hence the name.
Google Treble is supported, meaning fast updates, and the HTC U12 will even be water resistant. All in all, the U12 sounds superb on paper. For me, the big thing is the storage – 256GB is A LOT. Should HTC get the pricing right on this, that could prove to be a big USP for floating voters.
Twitter source Roland Quandt has dished up some more information regarding a unique colour option for the HTC U12+, as well as hints towards the handset’s price. We saw the HTC U11+ launch with a semi-transparent back panel design, which showed some circuitry visible underneath the bodywork – apparently this is making a return on the HTC U12+ too.
Quandt outlines four colour options for the HTC U12+, saying there are “Black, Red Rose, Violet and “Translucent” variants planned”. He adds it will feature a 6in screen and that, in Europe at least, a 64GB storage model will be available. Dual and single SIM variants are also hinted, but lastly Quandt says the handset “won’t be cheap”, hinting that the price is going to be pretty high.
According to fresh information, the HTC U12+ could be officially launched in May, with the word coming through from Taiwanese media in the firm’s local territory. The reports, picked up by FocusTaiwan and SlashGear, add that the release will be in early May specifically.
Photo samples said to be from the HTC U12+’s cameras have leaked online seeming to confirm a dual-sensor 12MP setup with f/1.8 and f/2.6 apertures. The front camera is thought to be either a single-sensor 8MP setup or a dual-8MP affair, however, recent hands-on images seem to show the latter, as well as a glossy finish to the rear panel in both gold and dark blue options.
HTC U12+ Launch?
According to newly leaked information from reliable tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks), HTC may have changed its plans slightly for the HTC U12.
Apparently, we might not actually see an HTC U12 at all, rather, HTC might simply create what’s now being called the HTC U12+.
The tip also retreads ground of an earlier rumour regarding a possible launch in April, however, it also points to an arrival in May; at this point it’s not clear whether we’re looking at an announcement in April and release date in May, or if the announcement itself would be in May to arrive later in that month, skipping April entirely.
The leak repeates the same specs we’ve seen before, so even if the HTC U12 is in fact the HTC U12+, that doesn’t seem to be changing the hardware or anything else.
Some leaked images have appeared online showing the HTC U12+ wearing a case and toting as many as four cameras.
The pictures were picked up on Yahoo! Taiwan and show a dual-sensor setup on the rear, as well as a dual-sensor setup on the front.
Other features include a dual-LED flash for the rear camera, and a circular fingerprint scanner positioned below the sensor array.
The HTC U12+ retail box has leaked online, complete with a list of specs and features printed on the back.
As expected, it packs a Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, as well as a 5.5in QHD display and a 12MP f/1.5 camera with OIS. Other specs include Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, Wireless Charging, IP68 waterproofing, a fingerprint scanner, and BoomSound speakers.
Lastly, the HTC U12+ appears to see a return of the squeezable Edge Sense, this time as Edge Sense 2, and there’s a dual-sensor 8MP seflie camera with OIS and HDR.
HTC U12 Design
We’ve seen images of the handset, housed inside capsules at said event, but it was hard to discern any design elements as the majority of the phone was hidden, save for the display.
HTC’s design has kind of been all over the place of late, so it’s anyone’s guess what this phone will look like once it arrives.
According to a new leak, HTC’s next flagship will feature a new colour finish referred to as “Matte White Glass”.
The word comes via HTC Source, which claims to have heard from a “trusted” tipster on the subject of the HTC U12’s design; the source claims the phone will have the same glass sandwich design as the HTC U11, together with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner (which presumably means an edge-to-edge 18:9 display), and a dual-sensor primary camera.
However, there is one key difference with the exterior design.
Previously the HTC U11 used what was referred to as “Liquid Glass” for that ultra-shiny mirror finish, but for the HTC U12 the high-sheen gloss will be replaced with a matte finish in white, which will still be glass, allegedly.
I for one am very happy to hear this, as although I liked the HTC U11 overall, I could not stand the blingy high-shine finish and wished a matte option was available. Someone at HTC may have been listening, as it turns out.
We don’t have any further details at present, but we can speculate that perhaps this matte white glass finish will be a frosted glass style with some limited translucency.
In our view it is also likely white will not be the only colour finish available.
It’s possible too that HTC will still offer shiny Liquid Glass colour options alongside the matte colours.
Following leaked images and details of the HTC U12+, 3D artist @ConceptCreator has rendered some mock-ups of what the handset could look like, based on the devices already showcased at live events.
Of course, it’s worth taking the designs with a pinch of salt, but they do provide some indication of the design language HTC will likely use.
The artist included the rumoured Matte White finish, as well as existing glossy “Liquid Glass” finishes.