We have been steadily getting more and more information about HTC’s upcoming flagship the U in multiple leaks and reports by various noted tipsters. Evan Blass had kicked off the hype train by revealing the touch-sensitive frame of the smartphone, which was followed by @LlabTooFeR who revealed the device to ship with an IP 57 rating. Yesterday the HTC U was certified by the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group), the information was revealed by another noted tipster @rquandt. The device will be carrying Bluetooth v.5.0.
The upcoming flagship will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC clocked at up-to 2.45GHz coupled with an Adreno 540 GPU. HTC has outfitted the device with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Camera duties are dispensed by a 12-megapixel sensor at the rear while a 16-megapixel selfie-snapper is present up-front. The display on the HTC U is a 5.5-inch Super LCD quad-HD (1440 x2560) panel under a protective layer of Gorilla Glass 5. The device should feature a USB Type-C port for recharging and hardware interconnectivity as it lacks a 3.5mm audio jack. Which makes this news of the device getting certified for using Bluetooth’s latest v.5.0 standard so important. The upcoming Bluetooth standards post v.5.0 allow for multiple devices to be tethered to one source, thus allowing one to use two pairs of wireless earphones / headsets at once.
The HTC U will debut with the company’s latest Sense UI 9.0 which is based on Android, v.7.1.1, Nougat. The new UI is also because of the phone’s new touch-sensitive frame which allows for a user to interact with the phone via touch gestures on the chassis instead of depend solely on a touchscreen. To power all this hardware HTC has allegedly put a 3000mAh Li-Ion battery in the device with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard.
— HTC India (@HTC_IN) April 20, 2017
The HTC U will be officially unveiled on May 16th in launch events to be held in Taipei, Taiwan, New York, USA and London, UK.
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