HTC’s flagship smartphone for 2018 is back in the news today after initially be detailed by LlabTooFeR on Twitter. According to infamous leaker Evan Blass for VentureBeat, the phone, codenamed Imagine, will feature minimal bezels and appropriate specifications for 2018. However, it is facing a bit of controversy surrounding both its name and its launch date.
According to today’s report, the phone will be called the HTC U12+. Usually, when companies introduce a phone with “plus” in the name, it means its an upgraded version of whatever the standard handset is. Apparently, this isn’t the case with the U12+ as the standard U12 may not even exist. Of course, VentureBeat‘s been wrong in the past about upcoming smartphones so we may see both a U12 and U12+ when HTc makes its announcements, but at least for now, it looks like this will be the only phone carrying the U12 branding.
Speaking of announcements, HTC is expected to unveil the U12+ this May. This is actually later than when the company originally planned to unwrap the handset. According to VentureBeat, they originally aimed for late April, but development of the device has recently hit a speedbump so HTC will need to delay the launch until at least early May. If this is the case, May looks to be a pretty busy month for smartphones.
As for the rest of the U12+, it’s said to ship with a 6-inch LCD WQHD+ display with slim bezels, a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, either 64 or 128GB of storage, a 3420mAh battery, dual rear 16MP and 12MP cameras, dual 8MP selfie cameras, a fingerprint sensor, and HTC Edge Sense that lets you squeeze the sides of the phone.
We expect to hear more about the upcoming handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer in the near future.