HTC is planning to launch a limited number of smartphones this year as it aims to focus its R&D and marketing efforts on high-end and upper mid-range models. Among the few planned launches is the successor to 2017’s HTC U11, expected to be called the HTC U12. There hasn’t been a lot of talk around the upcoming flagship smartphone, but a new render has surfaced that suggests vaguely that it will sport a near bezel-less display.
We saw a good number of flagships in 2017 that came with edge-to-edge display. However, the U11 was not one of them. HTC did catch up, however, with the U11+ later on. As we start 2018, one expects to see a lot more phones sporting narrower bezels. An alleged U12 render via Suggestphone reveals the flagship will sport slim bezels from three sides. However, this is the first such render of the U12 to pop up on the internet and a fairly unclear one at that, so one should take this with a pinch of salt.
The render also reveals the power button and volume controls on the right side while a USB port, likely to be Type-C, is seen on the bottom. Apart from this, the render does not give us a lot to go on. What we can expect is that the flagship will feature the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset and a dual rear camera setup. The U12 will also likely keep the Edge Sense feature, which was the highlight of the U11.
Late last month, industry sources in Taiwan said that HTC plans to launch only a handful of smartphones in 2018. As per reports, the company will kick things off with with a stripped down version of the U11+ in January. The smartphone will feature mid-range specifications inside a near bezel-less display. As 18:9 displays have become the new industry standard, one expects to see companies bring them down to mid-range and budget segments even more starting next year. From what rumours suggest, the “lite” version of the HTC U11+ is tipped to be powered by a Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone is also expected to keep the same 5.99-inch 18:9 display as the HTC U11+.