While HTC is yet to reveal formal details around the HTC U12+, the smartphone has been in the headlines for the past few months. Its design renders and case images already surfaced to highlight a dual rear camera setup and a thin-bezel, 18:9 display. And now, few closer shots of the HTC U12+ has emerged online that a detailed view of the upcoming HTC flagship. Some camera samples of the next HTC smartphone have also been leaked to showcase its camera features. Verizon, on the other hand, has listed the key specifications of the HTC U12. There are speculations that the HTC U12+ will be launched in Taiwan sometime later this month. However, the Taiwanese company hasn’t announced any concrete launch schedule.
Starting with the images of the HTC U12+, courtesy HTC Taiwan News Facebook page, these give a hands-on look at the unannounced smartphone. The images show that the HTC U12+ has a glossy back that reminds us the last year launched HTC U11+. Also, there is apparently a golden finish, while the front of the smartphone is in Black colour. The back of the handset shows us the dual rear camera setup that is accompanied by a dual-LED flash. Below the camera setup, there is seemingly a fingerprint sensor. On the front, the smartphone appears to have a dual selfie camera and the bottom of the phone has a USB Type-C port. The side of the smartphone has three individual buttons that are likely to be used for power on/ off and controlling the volume.
Looking at the metadata available from the camera samples, which have been posted on Google Plus, the HTC U12+ is expected to have two different lenses on the dual rear camera setup with f/1.8 and f/2.6 aperture sizes. The smartphone might also have a variable aperture option on a single lens – similar to the Samsung Galaxy S9. Each of the camera samples comes in a 12-megapixel resolution. This suggests that the rear camera setup will come two 12-megapixel image sensors. In contrast, some of the previous reports claimed that the dual rear camera setup of the HTC U12+ will come with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 12-megapixel secondary sensor. The smartphone is also rumoured to come with two 8-megapixel sensors on the front. On the part of other specifications, the HTC U12+ is reported to have a 5.99-inch LCD panel with a QHD+ resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB RAM, 64GB/ 128GB onboard storage, and a 3420mAh battery.
Apart from the HTC U12+, HTC is seemingly preparing the U12. Though some recent reports state that the company could ditch the U12 and launch the U12+ only, Verizon has listed the key specifications of the U12 to suggest its existence. As spotted by folks at GSMArena, Verizon has listed the HTC U12 specifications through its Open Development site that showcases the devices that are being designed to work with the Verizon network. The online listing reportedly showed that the HTC U12 will run Android Oreo and feature a 6-inch Super WQHD LCD panel along with a “Frame less Display” design. It is unclear whether the smartphone is powered by the top-notch Snapdragon 845 SoC as the listing shows LTE Cat.12 support not the Cat.18 and Cat.13 for downloads and uploads. Having said that, the listing might just be limited to the Verizon version of the handset. At the time of filing this story, we weren’t able to separately verify the reported specifications as Verizon deleted the details from the listing.
It seems that we need to wait for sometime to see what HTC is cooking up for 2018 to take on the compelling models offered by Apple, Samsung, and other key smartphone vendors.