HTC U12 likely to feature 18:9 display, 5G support

HTC is reportedly planning to hold a standalone event after MWC 2018 to unveil its next flagship smartphone.

HTC is said to be working on a couple of new smartphones that will be launched this year. As such, a mid-range HTC device was recently spotted on Geekbench with Android Oreo. But, what about HTC's next flagship? The word is, the company won't launch the successor of U11 at the upcoming MWC. Instead, the Taiwanese manufacturer is reportedly planning to hold a standalone event after MWC 2018 to unveil the HTC U12.

HTC U12 likely to feature 18:9 display, 5G support

While we don't know when will the HTC U12 get unveiled, the company may have already showcased the smartphone at a 5G event held by a local carrier in its home country. HTC has not confirmed whether or not the device showcased at the 5G event is the next member of its flagship U lineup of smartphones. However, reliable tipster Evan Blass has taken to Twitter to claim that the phone in question is indeed the U12.

Blass has also revealed that the smartphone is codenamed as HTC Imagine. The image taken at the event suggest, the HTC U12 may sport a full-screen design with really thin bezels around the display. The screen appears to feature an aspect ratio of 18:9.

Although we can't see the rear panel of the smartphone, the fingerprint scanner should be placed at the back. It is also likely that HTC may have decided to ditch the fingerprint scanner altogether in favor of the iris scanner.

HTC didn't give away much about the smartphone it previewed at the 5G event, but it did reveal an important piece of information. It seems the device is capable of offering up to 809.58Mbps downloading speed, close to 1Gbps. This indicates, the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC under the hood with X20 LTE modem.

So presumably, the U12 will feature the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm. If you recall, earlier reports suggested the same. As far as rest of the specifications go, HTC's upcoming flagship is speculated to feature at least 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage space.

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The handset should also be equipped with a dual camera setup at the back. On the software front, the HTC U12 is likely to run on Android Oreo operating system right out of the box.

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