HTC plans to unveil a new Debut smartphone to compete with the flagship devices from Google, Apple, and Samsung, as first reported by The Verge. The Taiwanese company has reportedly sent out invitations for an upcoming event, which will take place on the 2nd of November most likely in Taipei. The invitation contains a big “U” in it, suggesting that the firm’s U line will be the focus.
At the moment HTC has three Smartphones in the U line up which are : The U Play, U Ultra and the very well acclaimed U11. According to the report, the Taiwanese has two follow-up devices in the pipeline, which may appear on the 2nd of November.
The first one is a slimmed-down, budget version of the U11: It will reportedly have a lower-end Snapdragon 630 system-on-a-chip, a smaller 5.2-inch display, and keep the shiny blue coloration of its predecessor. Also it will most likely come with Google’s Android One operating system, an entry-level OS which focuses on less data-demanding and power-hungry apps. Tipped to be priced at $400 (£300), will likely be a focus in India, Taiwan, and other markets in South-East Asia; however, a more premium device — provisionally called HTC U11 Plus — may also make its appearance at the event.
Tipped to be priced at $400 (£300), the device will likely be a focus in India, Taiwan, and other markets in South-East Asia; anyway, a more premium device — tentatively called HTC U11 Plus — may also make its appearance at the event.
Following The Verge’s report, the U11 Plus would come in as a six-inch, QuadHD+ (that’s 2880×1440 with the elongated 18:9 aspect ratio) monster, which may or may not come with a design that cuts down on the original U11’s notable bezels.
It will function on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, and supported by either a 4 or 6GB of RAM (and either 64 or 128GB of onboard storage, accordingly), IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, and a 12MP rear camera.
On the topic of price and availability, nothing has been said yet, but chances are that with this specification sheet, HTC will want to market the phone worldwide and right up there in the same neighbourhood where Google’s Pixel 2 XL, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Apple’s iPhone X live.