An unannounced HTC smartphone equipped with a Snapdragon 835 processor has appeared in early AnTuTu benchmarks. HTC has already confirmed that it will be releasing another flagship with Qualcomm’s latest chip this year, and it looks like it is already in testing.
Thanks to Qualcomm’s close relationship with Samsung, the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are taking up the vast majority of Snapdragon 835 chips available. That means other smartphone vendors like HTC have to wait in line. Some, like LG, have decided to sidestep the high-end chip and use an alternative like the Snapdragon 821 instead.
HTC did the same thing with its U Ultra announced earlier this year, much to the disappointment of some fans who expected to get Qualcomm’s latest chip. But its next flagship for 2017 won’t disappoint. Early AnTuTu benchmarks have confirmed it will indeed pack a Snapdragon 835 chip, plus 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 16-megapixel camera.
Other specifications on the list include a 12-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and a Quad HD (2560×1440) display. There’s no word on when the handset might make its official debut yet, but HTC will likely have to wait until around May when the Snapdragon 835 is more readily available.
HTC has vowed to streamline its product lineup this year in an effort to make its smartphone business more profitable. The company has stated it will focus on flagships like the U series and ditch more affordable phones with tiny profit margins.