HTC sent out a tweet recently that has gotten people talking about the HTC U12. In the picture embedded in the tweet, there are all the parts you need to assemble a phone along with a date. The biggest question surrounding this photo is, are these the pieces that will assemble HTC’s newest flagship? Well, HTC has actually come out and said, no they aren’t. I don’t know for sure what the specs will be, but I think the main ones are going to be pretty simple to guess.
HTC U12+ Specs
Like I said previously, I won’t know these for sure until the 23rd. Call this an ‘educated guess’:
- Snapdragon 845
- 6″ish LCD Display
- Single front-facing stereo speakers
- USB C
- 12-16 Megapixel front and rear cameras
- 6GB RAM/128GB Storage
- At least IP67 waterproofing
There’s nothing really special to see here. I think as long as HTC keeps it in line with other OEM’s as far as flagships go, they will be just fine. The problem they will run into though, is price. There is always something to hate on when it comes to HTC, no matter how good a phone they make. The latest has been their price, and I don’t disagree. It can just feel petty sometimes. That said, if they expect to begin to turn their ship around this phone will need to be very competitively priced.
What We’d Like to See
I have come to the realization that what I want to see on a phone isn’t exactly what everyone else wants. I will forsake a bezeless display for some badass front-facing speakers. That said, here is what I would like to see on the U12+:
- True front-facing speakers. Think Pixel2 XL just a bit better. Having a downward facing speaker coupled with the earpiece does NOT count as stereo speakers. Sorry.
- OLED. LCD just doesn’t cut it anymore. If you’re going to keep the bezel those speakers better sound as good as the Razer Phone. You could minimize the bezels and still have stereo speakers though.
- A headphone jack with a decent DAC. I know HTC is capable of doing this. Remember the M7?
- Sub $700 price. Please don’t charge $699 then four months later drop it to $650 or $600. People hate that.
- This thing better not have a notch.
Wait and See
We don’t have to wait too much longer to see how the HTC U12 will look. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it to succeed. I like HTC and I generally think they catch a lot more flak than they deserve. What I do know, is with the recent announcement of the G7 ThinQ, this phone better knock it out of the park. Mark your calendars and come back to DHTG on the 23rd after the official announcement.
Do you think HTC will be able to pull itself out of its own hole? Would you consider buying this phone if it was sub $600? Let us know in the comments!