In the run up to the upcoming OnePlus launch, it appears that HTC could also be rolling its sleeve. In a page now taken down by Verizon, the device details of its next device – the HTC U12 – were revealed.
Verizon’s Open Development page had listed the specifications of the upcoming HTC U12 smartphone. As per the listing, the device will have a ‘frameless display.’ This follows a list of devices since the launch of the iPhone X and Xiaomi Mi Mix that have focussed on extremely high screen to body ratio.
In addition, the listing page highlights a 6-inch Super WQHD display with Gorilla Glass. In terms of software, the device is expected to run Android 8.0 out of the box with HTC Sense Companion. A 3,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge is expected to fulfill needs of intensive users. In comparison, the HTC U11 came with a 3,000mAh battery. The listing page also mentions support for 4k video, IP68 splash and dust proof rating, as well as Bluetooth 5.0.
As is the case with most leaks, we recommend that this update be taken with a pinch of salt. Although the details were leaked on Verizon’s website, the placeholder image used on the page was that of the HTC U11.
In January 2018, Google completed its $1.1 billion buyout of HTC. As part of the deal, the smartphone development team at HTC got aligned with Google. The decision to purchase HTC’s hardware business was announced last September. Subsequently, over 2,000 engineers from HTC got transferred to Google. The company also received non-exclusive license to HTC’s intellectual property.