HTC U12 Specs, Features, Release Date and Price
HTC launched the U11 flagship with EdgeSense in May and HTC U11 hit the shelves in June. The Taiwanese tech giant ditched the 3.5 mm headphone jack just like Apple iPhone 7 but U11 features new Liquid surface and highest rated Camera. The successor of U11 may come in May 2018, according to some reliable reports.
As Google bought some of the Mobile-division of HTC, some rumours are flying that U12 will be the last flagship from HTC. The deal value of Google and HTC is about $1.1 billion and with this deal Google will be able to build better future Pixel flagships to rival against Apple iPhones. According to TechRadar, a HTC spokesperson said that there are working on the 2018’s flagship. But there might be no flagship from the Taiwanese firm after 2018 as they are trying to focus on mid-range and entry-level devices, according to the source.
The Taiwanese tech giant may release HTC U12 with multiple stunning specs like UltraPixel Dual Camera, Innovative design, Snapdragon 845, 6GB Ram and Android 8.1 Oreo with Sense UI, Alexa Assistant. Now we will roundup some of the leaked features of the next flagship from HTC.
Exclusive Features of HTC U12
HTC U12 Display and Design
HTC U11 sports 5.5 inch Super LCD5 Display with QuadHD resolution. So the next flagship from HTC may feature 5.8 inch Super LCD5 Display with tiny or no side bezels to improve screen to body aspect ratio up to 80%. So consumers can expect the debut of new Display design from HTC like the Infinity Display of Samsung. The Display of HTC U12 probably feature 18:9 aspect ratio and QHD+ resolution.
Although HTC U12 may feature bigger display than U11, due to reduced side bezels, the body size of U12 might be similar to its predecessor. The upcoming flagship will be covered by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and rear sides. More details about the Design and Display of U12 will be revealed soon.
HTC U12 Camera
The successor of U11 may sport Primary Camera with 16MP Dual Image Sensor with Dual LED flash on the rear side. It also supports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), auto HDR and 4K Video Recording features. HTC U12 may boast 8MP Dual Front Camera with OIS and HDR support. The Front Camera possibly also support 4K Video recording and Dual video call features.
HTC U12 Processor and Ram
The predecessor of HTC U12 is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC which is a great flagship SoC and it powers almost all 2017 flagships except LG G6. Qualcomm improving their flagship SoCs year by year and so the next top-notch chipset is going to be a beast regarding to performance.
The Snapdragon 845 SoC which is the successor of SD 835 is going to power HTC U12. According to Android Headlines, the upcoming SoC from Qualcomm will be clocked at 2.5 Ghz. The predecessor of Snapdragon 845 is clocked at 2.45 Ghz. If the rumour is even true, as clock speed is not only thing that matters in performance. Albeit, increasing clock speed may boost performance, it will develop excess battery drain and may lead overheating problems.
According to Firstpost, Snapdragon 845 allegedly visits Geekbench 4 and scores 2600 points in the single core test. The benchmark has shown that the HTC U11 scores around 1990 in the single core test. As HTC U12 has got the potential to score above 2500 points in single core test of Geekbench 4, it seems that the next flagship is going to arrive with massive performance improvements. But as these synthetic benchmarks are not equal to real life performance, we have to wait a few more months to experience the true performance.
X20 LTE Modem
HTC U11 flagship arrived with Snapdragon 835 which contains X16 LTE modem. The modem supports Cat. 16 download speeds upto 1Gbps and is the first Gigabyte class LTE modem. Qualcomm already announced X20 LTE Modem, which is the successor of X16 LTE modem. As Qualcomm has said that the X20 modem is coming with the next flagship SoC, HTC U12 will also sport the X20 modem.
The X20 modem supports Cat. 18 download speeds up to 1.2 Gbps at least theoretically. It also supports Cat. 13 upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. As the modem built on 10nm process, it is very energy-efficient and consumes battery juice minimally. The modem supports Dual Sim Dual VoLTE, HD and UltraHD voice features too.
With 5×20 MHz carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO on three carriers features, there is a chance to see lightning fast download speeds in the upcoming HTC flagship. As the modem supports Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Upload+ and 2×20 MHz carrier aggregation features, we will also see great upload speeds too. Recently a lab test conducted by Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm using X20 LTE modem, has shown peek download speeds of upto 1.07 Gbps. More interesting details about the X20 LTE modem will be revealed in coming days.
The amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) plays a great role besides the Processor in determining the performance of the device. More amount of RAM is required to browse the Internet through multiple Chrome tabs and while using PiP (Picture in Picture) mode. The split screen multitasking feature which was introduced in Android Nougat requires a great amount of RAM to run smoothly. As many android gamers known, Gaming requires much RAM besides processing power. HTC U11 runs pretty smoothly in the above situations due to the presence of 4GB RAM (64GB). The Taiwanese tech giant may upgrade RAM in the HTC U12 flagship to 6GB. 128GB internal memory variant might arrive with 8GB RAM. HTC may officially announce the amount RAM present in U12 in coming days.
HTC U12 might come with 3200 mAh Li-Ion Non removable battery. The flagship also supports the Quick charge 4+ feature. Because of the Quick Charge feature, the battery can be charged up to 80% in 40-50mins.
Quick Charge 4 Plus
Qualcomm introduced Quick Charge 4+ which is an incremental upgrade over Quick Charge 4. New Quick Charge 4+ feature will come with Snapdragon 835 SoC. Qualcomm claims that Quick Charge 4+ will be 15 percent faster and 30 percent power efficient than its predecessor. With Quick Charge 4+, users can charge up to 50 percent in less than 15 minutes. Power dissipation through heat also reduced much in the latest iteration of Quick Charge.
Quick Charge 4+ also has advanced safety features which monitor case and Connector temperature. So it prevents short circuit and the damage of Type-C connector. With Intelligent thermal balancing, QC 4+ charges via coolest path and eliminates hot spots. Improved dual charge feature reduces charge time by about 15 percent compared to its predecessor. So the HTC U12 flagship will charge faster and also at cooler temperatures.
The Snapdragon 845 SoC supports Bluetooth 5.0 which is a major upgrade over Bluetooth 4.0. So HTC U12 will arrive with the Bluetooth 5.0 support. New enhancements of the Bluetooth 5.0 technology include 4X Range, 2X speed and 8x broadcasting message capacity compared to its predecessor. So with Bluetooth 5 we can transfer large files quickly and also connect with more number of devices concurrently. The latest Bluetooth technology fully supports Internet of Things. So the experience of IoT will be improved with the HTC U12 flagship.
The predecessor of U12 came with USB Type-C port and cable which facilitates lightning fast transfer speeds. USB Type-C has the capability of transferring data at 10Gbps at least theoretically. By using the stock USB Type-C cable we can quick charge the device by connecting to a PC or Laptop.
HTC U12 will also come with the USB Type-C port which is reversible and the latest industry standard. We can plug the cable into the Type-C port on any side without bothering about the right way. Users can use the Type-C USB to connect to Type-C headphones also.
The next flagship from HTC will surely come with Oreo which is the latest flavour of Android. Due to many performance improvements, Android Oreo makes device boot almost twice as fast and also provides fluid like experience to users. In the eighth major iteration of Android, Google made many refinements to launch swiftly by clearing the app cache automatically. So HTC U12 with Android Oreo provides a flagship smart phone experience to users.
Due to the Project Treble of Android Oreo, HTC U12 will receive future updates quickly. Even, carrier locked HTC U12 devices will also receive further Android updates quickly. HTC U12 will be more secure than its predecessor, due to some exclusive security features of Android 8.0.
The Taiwanese tech giant introduced the Edge Sense Feature with hTC U11. This innovative feature also got good reviews from users. In this feature, users just have to squeeze the phone to launch various apps. It is a very useful feature and also a new initiative. With this feature, users can launch the camera app and capture pictures easily and also quickly. The Edge Sense might also come with the hTC U12 flagship with some refinements.
According to some tech analysts, HTC might unveil its upcoming flagship in April or May 2018. So the Pre-orders of HTC 12 probably start in the ending of May. Official release dates are yet to be announced.
Unlocked HTC U11 is currently priced about $650 in the US. So the HTC U12 flagship might be priced in the range $650 – 700. The official price-list of the upcoming flagship from HTC will be revealed in coming days.
Update on 7/8/2017 :
Some latest concepts of HTC U12 indicate that the flagship will come with the Dual Camera Sensor setup on both Front and Rear sides of the device. Recent reports suggest that Samsung, LG, Motorola and other tech giants are working on Dual Camera setup on the front and Rear sides. So it seems that HTC is also going in the same way. But we have to for the confirmation from the Taiwanese tech giant to believe in these concepts.
We will update this article soon with latest news about the HTC U12 flagship.