With HTC expected to announce the launch of their new flagship early next year, some new information regarding their upcoming phone has been revealed. The new handset, purportedly labeled the HTC U12, will be a serious upgrade over the recently released U11. These new rumors give us a closer look at some key HTC U12 specs. While this information may not be guaranteed, it’s a reliable leak that at least gives us a general picture of what we can expect.
HTC U12 Specs
According to this recent new information, the HTC U12 will sport a 4K display. This is a significant upgrade from the already impressive QHD display featured in the U11. It’s safe to say that the screen quality of the U12 will far surpass expectations.
The U11 didn’t have a rear dual camera setup, and it seems as if HTC is looking to shake things up next year. Although the camera was already capable of shooting some compelling pictures, the U12 camera specs are going to result in beautiful photos that outclass those of its predecessor.
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As far as design goes, the HTC U12 specs suggest that the phone will ship with significantly thinner bezels — a design choice that jives with the existing trend of smartphone aesthetics. The phone will be made out of metal and glass, but unfortunately will omit the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The lack of a jack is disappointing, and marks yet another phone that no longer features support for traditional headphones. For better or for worse, skipping the jack seems to be the way of the future in the smartphone scene.
The Future of HTC
It’s important to keep in mind that any leaks regarding phones — especially one as far out as the HTC U12 — should be taken with a grain of salt. Early leaks such as this one have a propensity to be inaccurate, though nothing about these specs seems particularly outlandish. Still, HTC needs to knock it out of the park with the U12 if it hopes to see continued success in an increasingly competitive smartphone arena.
The HTC U11 was popular, due to its great camera, smooth UI, and great display, but it didn’t quite sell as well as the company had hoped. Sales are down, causing problems in the company. HTC fans were concerned after the company agreed to sell a large amount of its workforce to Google, but it seems as if we’ll continue to see new smartphone releases. It’s likely, however, that there will be less releases and with a lower frequency as HTC struggles to keep up with more established brands like Samsung and Apple.
It remains to be seen whether HTC to compete with the industry giants currently dominating the market. They truly have to offer something unique if they want to stand out from the rest, and these HTC U12 specs seem to suggest that the phone will be pretty powerful and capable. Is a powerful phone enough to sway customers’ decisions towards a company that’s a little less recognizable? We’re not so sure. There’s one thing that’s certain: if HTC is to see better sales with the HTC U12, there had better be something a little more impressive than a great screen and top-notch performance.
Excellent performance is standard in recent luxury smartphones, so the company really needs to give customers a reason to give their new flagship a try. These new leaks are just an early peek, so it’s definitely possible that HTC is hiding something revolutionary. If past devices are any indication, however, they’ll likely play it safe — a decision that may end up harming them in the long run.