HTC To Announce New Smartphones On 2nd Of November
HTC is hosting an event on 2nd of November in Taiwan and sent out invitations to local media which might hint towards what is possibly coming.
As can be seen in the event invite, the large “U” at the top might be a hint towards new smartphones which could will be a part of HTC’s U lineup. Over the past few weeks, there have been several leaks suggesting that HTC is working on two smartphones: a mid-range device for Google’s Android One program, and a flagship device which will succeed the HTC U11. It is not clear whether both the phones will be unveiled on 2nd of November or not.
The mid-range Android One smartphone could be called the U11 Life. The smartphone will have a 5.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 630 chipset, and 16MP cameras on the front and back. It is expected to be launched in two variants, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Leaked images suggest the smartphone will have a shiny blue back which has become a HTC signature. The price is expected to be around US$400 (Rs 26000 approx.), which will be on par with another Android One device, the Moto X4.
The flagship smartphone is expected to be called the U11 Plus and will be the bigger and better version of the HTC U11. The smartphone is rumoured to have a 6-inch display, with a 2880 x 1440 resolution, and an 18:9 aspect radio. It is expected to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, a 12MP rear camera, and IP68 water resistance. Just like the U11 Life, the U11 Plus will be launched in two variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and another with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The specifications do sound very similar to the Google Pixel 2 XL but, it is becoming harder to differentiate between flagship smartphones by looking at just the specifications. One huge difference between the two phones will obviously be the HTC Sense UI and stock Android OS.
In September, it was announced that a cooperation agreement between Google and HTC meant that HTC’s smartphone division was bought by Google for US$1.1 billion. iGyaan reported that despite the deal, HTC will continue making smartphones and the upcoming event will certainly lift the curtain over the next big thing in HTC’s portfolio.