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This could be our first look at the HTC U12

by Justin Herrick | January 3, 2018January 3, 2018 9:00 am EST

A new year is upon us, and that means a wave of 2018 flagships are coming. Samsung and LG have seen the Galaxy S9 and G7 leak frequently as of late, but HTC’s done a pretty good job keeping the U12 hidden. That is until now, actually. The U12 just appeared in a leak showing the front of the phone.

Since the entire front is black-colored, it’s pretty difficult to tell what’s going on. So we’ll just have to ogle at something we don’t know much about until another leak comes along.

Here’s the image, which comes from Suggest Phone:

While it’s impossible to see, the U12 should ship with an all-screen front. The display will take up the majority of the face with slim bezels being found at the top and bottom. Also, it appears HTC won’t bring back the headphone jack. Only a USB-C port is found on the bottom of the phone, which will handle both charging and audio.

One thing we’re not seeing is a fingerprint scanner, and that’s because HTC must be putting it on the back. The elongated display consumes so much space that an in-display fingerprint scanner is the alternative to a rear-based one, but HTC isn’t going to be first to have that more than likely.

Reports suggest the U12 will have a 4K display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. HTC could also implement a dual-camera setup and even an iris scanner. It’s a bit tougher to dig up information on HTC’s plans as the mobile division there isn’t as robust as years past. The company has to be a little more selective with what features it includes for cost reasons.

Unlike its competitors, HTC isn’t expected to bring its latest flagship to MWC 2018. The U12 will debut at its own launch event, maybe even one that’s limited to a live-stream for the world to watch remotely. In the last few years, HTC hasn’t hosted big launch events attended by media members from around the world. Its revenue is down with no signs of turning around soon. Unless the U12 is a groundbreaking product, the year ahead is probably going to be just as tough for HTC.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...