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HTC U12: 'Plus' model leaks...what's with all those cameras?

HTC is working on the successor to the HTC U11, codenamed Imagine, which may have already appeared in photos at a 5G industry event. Leaks continue to flow, including exciting details about the upcoming flagship's design, release and specs. The latest news? We could also be getting a high-tech 'plus' version with an impressive new camera setup.

Cameras are in, bezels are out

The HTC U12 finds itself at the center of rumors once again. First of all, it seems that there will be two U12 models: the"normal" and the"plus", as is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. The U12+ has been leaked by Evan Blass, showing a smartphone with a mainly classic design, but with a twist: 4 cameras (2 at the front, 2 at the back).

VentureBeat details the camera's specifications: the large 6-inch screen in QHD+ resolution (18:9 format, of course) stands out first and foremost.

Inside, we would find Qualcomm's latest high-end processor: the Snapdragon 845. To support it, 6 GB of RAM and an internal memory of 64 GB to 128 GB should be present. As for the battery, it has a capacity of 3,420 mAh but it is the software optimization that will make the difference. 

And what about that dual camera both at the front and at the back? The rear sensors would be 16 and 12 megapixels, but it's still not clear what we'll find at the front.

What do you think of this unusual camera set up? Let us know in the comments!

Everything we know about the HTC U12

What will the HTC U12 look like?

A unique design direction

The latest rumors about the upcoming top of the HTC U12 range concern the materials and colors that could be used. It's no surprise to anyone who knows about smartphone design trends that we'll see a metal body encased in glass. Glass that, to the frustration of many, attracts fingerprint marks and cracks easily, all in the name of a glossy premium look.

But according to HTC Source, it would seem that HTC wants to use glass once again in the back of the smartphone but this time with a matte white finish. This would help to reduce the unsightly fingerprint marks on the back, although it is also likely to diminish the unique reflections seen in the Liquid Surface design on the U11 family and other HTC models.

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A matte Liquid Surface? / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Matte white glass is certainly an interesting choice, as no manufacturer has ever opted for this for a smartphone before. If HTC pulls this off elegantly, this could certainly help the U12 stand out from the rest of the market in 2018.

HTC U12 spotted out in the wild?

HTC's future flagship appeared at a 5G event in Taiwan, and it's safe to say that the manufacturer will continue to follow the bezel-less trend with a sleek 18:9 screen, similar to that of the U11+. Thanks to the internet, the device's appearance didn't go unnoticed:

Evan Blass tweeted about the sneak peek at the new smartphone and also revealed a possible code name:

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The HTC U12 appears at a 5G event in Taiwan / ©

If you're questioning the legitimacy of these new leaks, you can take a closer look at the device in a video clip from the event, and although it doesn't give us much more information, it does make everything seem more credible. A device render that we saw earlier this year is also consistent with the new images. 

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HTC should have thinner bezels than its predecessor

What are the specs of the HTC U12? Will it have 5G?

Although it was showcased at a 5G event, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will use it, and considering that this new technology is still in testing phase in many parts of the world, it doesn't seem likely. Taking a closer look at the images above from the event, the U12 has reached a download speed of 809.58 Mbps suggesting that it will have the zippy Qualcomm X20 LTE modem.

Key specs leaked, including a dual camera

As expected, HTC is back in the dual camera game this year. A leak from the reliable @LlabTooFer on Twitter spilled the beans on all the key specs of the HTC Imagine, also known as the U12. The device will pack a Sony IMX3xx sensor for its 12MP+16MP dual rear camera. But that's not all it has going for it.

The new flagship should have no problem keeping up with the 2018 competition. Powering the HTC smartphone are the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 6 GB RAM, up to 256 GB internal storage and a 3,420 mAh battery capacity. The U12 will have Edge Sense 2.0, as well as HTC Face Unlock to go with its single 8 MP selfie shooter. The device will have a 5.99-inch QHD+ display, which seems consistent with the tall mystery device we saw photos of from an industry event before. Another tweet by the leaker says it will have a MicroSD card slot, but to forget about the standard headphone jack because its "it's almost dead in High-End smartphone industry".

We could see an April release

In a separate tweet, @LlabTooFeR says the device will land sometime in April. A release date so soon isn't far-fetched given that it may have already seen the light of day at an industry event. We don't yet have any indication about which US carrier(s) might sell the HTC U12, but Sprint had the U11 exclusively last year.  

Will these specs with this design be enough to sell the HTC U12?



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  • Excited for this device. HTC should focus on it's marketing coz there are guys out there who doesn't even knows HTC still makes such great phones.

  • remyj 1 month ago Link to comment

    Imagine HTC taking this phone and leaving off their Sense overlay and installing pure Android. And imagine they had mysterious camera software that had a striking resemblance to the pixel 2 camera software. Then they back it up with 3 year software updates like pixels do. Get it added to approved phone lists on Project fi and Republic Wireless. Top it off with a model listed in Amazon Exclusive phones and a competitive price. They might then have a sleeper success on their hands.

  • Why not try to market this phone? Plus their carrier distribution sucks, no wonder their sales are always in the toilet just flush!

    • Old school for HTC continues to fail. Their CEO Cher Wanger & upper management need to be fired. Their marketing & carrier distribution is awful. Isn't it time for change? If the U12 is anything like the U11 it will be a stellar phone. All they need to do is get it in the hands of consumer's. This is not rocket science! Wouldn't you like to have banner sales instead of always being in the red! What good is a billion dollar infusion if not used properly! Yikes!

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