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February 5, 2018

HTC U12: Rumors, Specs, Release Date, and More!

by John_A

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The HTC U11 was one of 2017’s most underrated phones, so you’d be a fool to let the U12 slip under your radar.

There were a lot of excellent phones that came out in 2017, and while much of the limelight was reserved for the likes of the Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2, and Apple’s iPhone X, HTC also kicked out a truly awesome phone with the U11. The U11 didn’t receive anywhere near the amount of attention as it should have, and while it’s unclear if the U12 will be able to change this, one thing is certain – it’ll be a darn nice phone.

Bezels will be a lot smaller compared to the U11

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Get ready to say goodbye to these massive bezels 👋

Although the U11 was one of 2017’s most eye-catching phones when viewed from the back, its front resembled a device that could have been released in 2015. Large bezels don’t necessarily make or break a phone, but when the U11 was fighting against the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, its traditional front design could quickly lead you to believe it was outdated when compared to the competition.

Thankfully, the HTC U12 will adopt a much more modern design. A device render from early January showcased a phone with very minimal bezels (at least from what we could see), and this was followed up by hands-on photos of what’s being reported as the U12 in the flesh.

Apparently this lightly obfuscated handset on display at a 5G industry event is none other than HTC Imagine, aka “U12,” aka the company’s next flagship. https://t.co/f89KjGjEyX

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 5, 2018

It’s possible that the phone in the hands-on photos is nothing more than a dummy unit HTC is using to test out 5G speeds, but even if that’s the case, it’s likely the U12 will end up closely resembling it.

It’ll be powered by the Snapdragon 845

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Qualcomm’s latest and greatest mobile processor for 2018 is the Snapdragon 845, and we have no reason to believe that the U12 will ship without it.

The 845 is one beast of a CPU, offering substantially faster performance, improvements in the camera department, increased data speeds, and much more. The HTC U11 provided an incredibly slick user experience with the Snapdragon 835, and we can only imagine how zippy the U12 will be thanks to the faster silicon.

Squeeze controls aren’t going anywhere

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Edge Sense – the feature that allows you to squeeze your phone to perform a variety of commands – first debuted on the HTC U11. Google integrated the tech as a way for quickly prompting the Google Assistant on the Pixel 2, and it made a return later in the year with the HTC U11+.

There was a lot of doubt surrounding Edge Sense’s usefulness following the announcement of the U11, but once the phone was released and people started getting their hands on it, it became clear that it was way more practical than anyone was expecting it to be.

Edge Sense isn’t the sole reason to buy a U11 or Pixel 2, but it’s one of those things you come to appreciate the more you use it.

What are you hoping to see?

As information regarding the U12 slowly trickles in, what features or specs are you looking forward to the most? Will a refreshed design be enough to keep you interested, or would you like HTC to try something new like it did last year with Edge Sense? Let us know in the comments below!

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