Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has confirmed that it will be announcing its next flagship smartphone at an event on May 16th. The device is expected to be marketed as the HTC U, as evident by the “Squeeze for the Brilliant U” tagline used in the teaser released by the company on its official Twitter page.
The HTC U is going to be the second flagship smartphone from the manufacturer this year, arriving roughly five months after it debuted the HTC U Ultra. Powered by a previous-gen Snapdragon 821 SoC under the hood, HTC’s U Ultra failed to garner a great response from consumers in most markets. Of course, the high sticker price is to be blamed as well.
HTC U on the other hand, is expected to be quite competitive against newer 2017 flagships such as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It will be powered by the new Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC from Qualcomm, along with the Adreno 540 GPU. While the amount of RAM hasn’t been confirmed yet, we do know that it will be available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants. The main camera at the back will be a 12MP unit, boasting a high pixel size for superior low-light performance. Selfie lovers are likely to be quite pleased with the handset’s 16MP snapper on the front. The smartphone will be running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS out of the box, with HTC Sense 9 UI overlay on top.