A previously tipped new flagship from HTC, currently being presumed as the HTC U12, has made an appearance at a trade expo in the firm’s home region of Taiwan.
It previously emerged that HTC would not showcase a new flagship at MWC 2018 this February, however, the phone-maker definitely has something in the works for subsequent release.
At a local carrier event promoting 5G, HTC showed off its latest in-development and previously unseen and unannounced flagship. It was, of course, wearing plenty of protective decoy layers to prevent prying eyes from seeing too much, so we don’t actually have a very good idea of the design.
Evan Blass, aka @evleaks on Twitter, is outright calling this the HTC U12, and with his connections, he’d be one to know such details. The working codename inside HTC is the HTC Imagine.
What we can discern from this wrapped-up prototype, is that it has a massive near-edge-to-edge display, probably an 18:9 aspect ratio setup. It may, in this case, be more of a successor to the HTC U11+ with its 6in 18:9 screen. The phone was also demoed with 5G capability, downloading at speeds of nearly 1GB per second, which sounds suspiciously like the kind of rapid connectivity poised to emerge with Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 845 processor, which features a 1.2GBps capable Qualcomm X20 LTE modem.
Taiwanese publication Sogi was in attendance and reports that HTC confirmed the phone would launch this year, but did not say when, and would not reveal a name.
Google recently completed its acquisition of part of HTC’s phone business. The Big G is bringing the team in-house in order to bolster its Pixel division, though the engineering team will almost certainly have a role in Google’s VR and AR aspirations.
The longterm effects of this acquisition are kind of flux at the moment; no one’s really sure how it will affect HTC. Google is keen, however, to continue its momentum with its Pixel line. Sales were up 38% year-on-year, thanks to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
What’s The Deal With 5G Anyway?
5G is going to be a MASSIVE deal. Make no mistake. The new standard for wireless data, which is due to start rolling out in 2019/20 will make current 4G speeds look like dial-up.
“Verizon says that its 5G network will likely be 200 times faster than the 5Mbps speeds many of its users get on 4G LTE. That means 5G speeds will hit 1 Gbps, which is currently the fastest speed you can get from Google Fiber,” notes Motley Fool.
The US and parts of Asia are leading the way with the rollout of 5G networks, though work is now underway in the UK too.
For a more detailed breakdown of what 5G is all about, check out our guide to the new standard.