HTC U12: All the rumors in one place (Updated March 7)
In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming HTC U12.
Last year’s HTC U11 was a great smartphone, but it was no match for Samsung’s mighty Galaxy S8 or Google’s Pixel 2. Its dated design and lack of a dual-camera setup were just a couple reasons why it didn’t grab a lot of attention.
HTC is gearing up to announce its successor, likely called the U12. The smartphone will have to be a big improvement, at least on the design front, to really compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9 or upcoming Huawei P20 series.
What exactly will it bring to the table? Here’s everything we know so far.
HTC U12 release date
- HTC is expected to take the wraps off the device in April, or May at the latest.
MWC came and went without news from HTC, but the company is expected to hold a press event in the coming months to announce its new flagship. The latest speculation suggests this will occur in April, and we don’t expect it to happen much later.
As for the smartphone’s release date, it will likely go on sale a month after its announcement, same as its predecessor.
HTC U12 specs and features
- The HTC U12 could have a larger display than its predecessor.
- It should be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset.
- The smartphone could feature a dual-camera setup on the back.
The U11 has a 5.5-inch display with a Quad HD resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. The U12 will likely have a larger display than its predecessor, though still smaller than the 6-inch screen of the U11 Plus. HTC could go down the middle and equip the device with a 5.7- or 5.8-inch display, but we don’t have any leaks to back that up. The screen is expected to have an 18:9 aspect ratio and offer QHD+ resolution, although some rumors indicate we might see a 4K panel.
The U12 will come with the Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood.
The U12 is almost guaranteed to come with the Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood. The smartphone found itself on a list of devices allegedly powered by Qualcomm’s flagship processor, leaked by a Weibo user. The list also contains flagships like the Galaxy S9, LG G7, and Google Pixel 3 — check it out below.
The HTC U11 launched with 4 and 6 GB of RAM, paired with 64 and 128 GB of storage respectively. Things likely won’t be much different with its successor, though HTC could kill the 4 GB model and only offer 6 GB of RAM, as well as provide a 256 GB storage variant.
The U11 and U11 Plus have a single shooter on the back. A dual-camera setup has almost become a new standard for flagships, so we expect to see it on the upcoming U12, with the latest rumors pointing toward a dual main camera with 12 MP and 16 MP sensors.
HTC has to innovate in the imaging department to keep up with the competition. The Galaxy S9 Plus is believed to have one of the best cameras around and P20 series could include a model with a triple-camera setup.
The U12 will probably have an updated version of Edge Sense onboard, which debuted on its predecessor. The feature allows you to open an app of your choice by squeezing the device. It’s a useful feature to have, though it sounded gimmicky at first.
Other specs and features expected include expandable storage, an IP68 dust and water protection rating, and maybe even wireless charging (missing on both the U11 and U11 Plus). The headphone jack likely won’t return, but we expect HTC to ship the device with a free pair of USonic earbuds like it did with its predecessor. The smartphone should run Android Oreo with the Sense skin on top.
|HTC U12 specs (rumored)|
|Display||5.7 to 5.8 inches
Quad HD+ resolution
|Camera||Dual-camera setup on the back|
|MicroSD||Yes, up to 256 GB|
|Other features||Edge Sense, stereo speakers|
HTC U12 design
- The handset is expected to have a glass back and a metal frame.
- The fingerprint scanner might be moved from the front to the back.
Twitter user @iamaniff shared images of an unknown device rumored to the U12, which HTC showed off at a 5G event in January. It’s a better look at the smartphone, though still not a great one. See for yourself below.
It appears the handset will have smaller bezels than its predecessor. The images don’t show us the phone’s back, but we think it could be similar to that of the U11 Plus. We therefore expect a minimalistic glass design with the eye-catching and fingerprint-hungry Liquid Surface finish. However, HTC could opt for a few minor design changes to differentiate the phone from the U11 Plus.
Recent speculation suggests the handset will be available with a matte white design to go with its metal and glass body. This would be a somewhat unique approach in the smartphone world, and perhaps a brave move for HTC, though the company produced one of the best-looking device color variants last year with the Solar Red U11; it has earned our trust for now on that score.
HTC U12 price
- The HTC U12 could cost the same as its predecessor at $ 650.
- Pricing could increase if the Galaxy S9 is more expensive than its predecessor.
The best case scenario we expect is that the U12 will cost same as its predecessor — we don’t believe the handset will be cheaper. That means you may be able to get one unlocked for $ 650.
It’s also possible the price will increase to $ 700 or even $ 750, which would put it in the region of the Galaxy S9 ($ 720).
As a refresher, the U11 was $ 75 cheaper than the Galaxy S8 ($ 725) at launch. Even so, HTC’s sales were nothing to brag about. Things might not be different this year if the price difference between the two smartphones will be the same, which is why a good strategy for HTC would be to make sure the U12 costs more than $ 100 less than the Galaxy S9.
These are all the rumors we’ve come across so far about the U12. We’ll update this page as we hear more.
Meanwhile, Let us know your thoughts on HTC’s upcoming flagship. Do you think it will be more popular than its predecessor? Let us know in the comments.