HTC was rumored to launch a 5G smartphone in the second half of this year. The device is said to come with the model number 2Q6U. Now, the same 2Q6U smartphone was spotted on the Bluetooth certification website. We expect the company to launch this new device under the flagship U series. The listing on the website also confirmed it to come with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. While Samsung is all set to launch the Galaxy S10 5G smartphone, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G was recently delayed for further optimizations.
Even the carriers are in the early stage of testing the 5G network on a large scale. Also, the wider rollout in the current markets will take at least a year. HTC might launch its first ever 5G smartphone in its home country Taiwan along with the US and Europe. While the company has lost its market to the Chinese manufacturers, its future will depend on the first generation 5G smartphones. As of now, the company also stopped selling budget smartphones. The company recently launched the HTC Exodus 1 blockchain phone which is essentially an HTC U12+ with a dedicated crypto wallet.
We expect the upcoming 5G smartphone to be launched as HTC U13. The HTC U12+ launched in May 2018 is the company’s last flagship smartphone launch. It came with a 6-inch Super LCD 6 display with Quad HD+ (2880 x 1440 pixels) resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood is the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. The device came with a transparent back option which looks more realistic than the Xiaomi’s transparent editions.
On the rear, the HTC U12+ offered 12MP UltraPixel 4 camera with f/1.75 aperture and a 16MP telephoto camera with f/2.6 aperture. The thick bezel on the front featured dual 8MP selfie cameras with f/2.0 aperture. The device is also Hi-Res audio certified and offered stereo speaker setup. It also included the Edge Sense 2 technology for controlling the device just by squeezing it. The device is also water and dust resistant, thanks to the IP68 certification. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!