HTC has now confirmed via Twitter that it will be hosting a November 2 event which will see “something new for the #BrilliantU”, meaning a new member of the HTC U portfolio. We’re pretty sure at this point that means the HTC U11 Plus, considering that it’s a) the only rumoured in-development HTC handset right now, and b) the rumours and leaks are currently hotting up, which is usually what happens the closer we get to a launch.
The Tweet also included the above image, a cropped chunk of the invitation you see further below, only this time with the “save the date” text in English rather than Chinese, as it appeared before. As far as we can tell the event is still taking place in HTC’s Taipei HQ, but it’s quite plausible HTC will do a multi-national event in one go, with local events or livestreams in major world cities.
The Taiwanese firm has posted a teaser via Twitter for its upcoming November 2 event, the image shows the date as well as a phone in the background; we can see the handset has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. From the rumour mill we now know HTC has several phones lined-up with rear-mounted fingerprint scanners, but the lead model is sure to be the HTC U11 Plus considering its flagship specs and status, so we reckon this is likely what we’re looking at.
On top of that, HTC’s Tweet says “you’ll see it all” on the mentioned date, which to us is a hint about the full edge-to-edge 18:9 display on the front of the HTC U11 Plus.
HTC had begun sending out invitations to an official event on November 2, which many were speculating could see the rumoured HTC U11 Plus unwrapped. The invitation, pictured below, details that the event will take place in Taipei.
We can see the invitation is branded with a “U” symbol, so it is certain that whatever is announced will be a member of the HTC U family. At present we’re not aware of any other HTC U handsets in development, so that really only leaves the HTC U11 Plus, a reported upgrade of the HTC U11 which will be closer to a true flagship in terms of specs and features.
It’ll allegedy pack an upgraded 5.9in display with the much-coveted and on-tren 18:9 aspect ratio in an edge-to-edge implementation, plus a QHD+ resolution at 1440×2880 pixels. The internal specs are also competetive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and options for 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage.
On the camera side of things, rumours suggest a 12MP primary sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and UltraSpeed Autofocus; it will likely be a single sensor rather than a dual. The front-facing secondary is thought to be 8MP. Typically HTC flagships sport dual front-facing BoomSound speakers, but with the edge-to-edge display taking up most of the frontage it’s not clear what will happen in this regard. Black and silver colour options are also rumoured.