While everyone’s getting hyped up about the tri-main-cam Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, everyone’s favourite leak specialist Evan Blass dropped some details — as well as a photo — of HTC’s next big flagship smartphone. Apparently, it’ll be called the HTC U12+ even though there probably will only be one device.
HTC is one of the first manufacturers to introduce dual cameras on a smartphone. There’s the HTC One M8 and if you want to go further, they also had the EVO 3D which can capture video and stills in 3D with its dual-camera setup.
While the competition had jumped on the dual-camera bandwagon, HTC has stuck with having a single camera for the rear since the HTC 10. According to its former president, HTC will be releasing dual-camera smartphones in 2018 but they will need to figure out how to make it stand out from the rest.
According to this new leak, it looks like HTC has finally nailed it and the new dual-camera flagship could be announced in April this year.
One of the first flagships to be announced in 2017 can be yours with an even lower price tag. The HTC U Ultra was recently going for about RM1,599 and now you could get it from as low as RM1,388. That’s more than 50% off since it went on sale almost exactly a year ago.
During a Taiwan 5G showcase event, a HTC smartphone was spotted with a thick case and has its forehead and chin covered. The device was used to showcase HTC’s gigabit LTE capabilities using Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA). This is a form of carrier aggregation that uses the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum that’s also being utilised by WiFi.
What’s interesting is the device is different from the current U11 and U11+, and serial leakster @evleaks has indicated that this is HTC’s upcoming flagship model.
The HTC U11 EYEs is finally announced and it looks like a mid-range smartphone that’s based on the U11+. Like most selfie-centric smartphones these days, the U11 EYEs has two front cameras that can produce bokeh-licious selfies.
HTC will be announcing a new smartphone next week and it’s all about selfies. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018), the new HTC device will have dual-selfie front cameras and it’s also water resistant.
I was a little wary of HTC‘s second release before their flagship refresh. After the U Ultra did such an excellent job at tarnishing the excellent HTC 10, I was worried that this U11+ might “help” the — again, excellent — U11 in the same way. But when I saw the launch, I was glad that HTC seemed to have learned their lesson.
In another life, the U11+ could very well have been a Google Pixel smartphone. And I’m glad it didn’t, because if it did then we probably wouldn’t have seen it launch in Malaysia. What a shame that would have been because from where I’m sitting, the U11+ looks like a killer smartphone — even if it is a little late to the race.
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If you’ve been pining for a Google Pixel-like device but couldn’t stomach the thought of picking one up from grey importers, there’s good news. Today, HTC Malaysia launched their latest flagship smartphone, the U11+, a phone that some say started out life as a Pixel project.
UPDATE: HTC U11+ has landed in Malaysia with a RM3,099 price tag.
We are just days away from the new year and there’s already a new flagship smartphone launch that’s scheduled to take place in Malaysia very soon. As teased earlier, the HTC U11+ is coming to Malaysia and official distributor Brightstar has just sent out invites for the upcoming launch event that’s happening on 11 January 2018.