Unsurprisingly, leakster and MaximusHD ROM developer @LlabTooFeR has revealed that the upcoming HTC U flagship smartphone will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.
HTC ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack last year with the HTC 10 evo, (known as the HTC Bolt in the US). This year, it continued the trend with the U Ultra, its first 2017 flagship device. So it is certainly no surprise to hear that the Taiwanese smartphone maker plans to stick to the newer USB Type-C port for audio output. And for the end user, it means you will need to use a 3.5mm adapter dongle to connect your favorite pair of headphones to the HTC U. @LlabTooFeR also confirmed that the upcoming HTC flagship is going to be water resistant with an IP57 certification, identical to the U Ultra.
A new image of the device has showed up as well, courtesy of veteran mobile leakster @evleaks. The image suggests the HTC U is heavily inspired by the U Ultra in the design department, boasting a “super glossy” back cover.
The HTC U is expected to go official later this month, with sales expected to kick off next month. It is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC, 64GB/128GB storage options, 12MP rear camera, 16MP selfie camera, and a touch-sensitive frame. The handset will be running on Android 7.1 Nougat OS out of the box, with HTC’s Sense 9 custom skin on top.