Weird: HTC's U12+ teaser features iPhone components
by Florin Troaca / May 04, 2018, 2:10 PM
Yesterday, HTC revealed that it's planning to announce a brand new smartphone during an event held on May 23. While the company doesn't mention the name of the new device, this has to be the HTC U12+, an Android phone that we've already seen in photos and renders.
According to HTC, its upcoming device is "a phone that is more than the sum of its specs." The teaser image for the May 23 event - embedded above - features various handset components, including a logic board, a battery, and other components. But some of these are definitely not HTC U12+ components, and aren't even related to Android. They are, believe it or not, components found inside Apple's iPhone 6 - a handset released almost 4 years ago. This was first spotted by a user on AnandTech, who says he repairs phones for a living and noticed the iPhone parts instantly.
Indeed, as you can see below, comparing HTC's teaser to photos of a disassembled iPhone 6 (from iFixit) reveals that at least the logic board and battery are the same, albeit all branding and text has been removed from HTC's image.
It's unclear if HTC is using iPhone 6 parts in its teaser image on purpose, for some mysterious reasons, or just because that photo looks good in the background (and maybe the marketing team behind this simply used a stock photo without realizing there's some iPhone DNA in there).
If the HTC U12+ has anything to do with Apple's iPhones, we'll likely find out what it is on May 23. Stay tuned.
- Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
- Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
- Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3500 mAh(23.8h 3G talk time)
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why phonearena always thinks every1 is copying IPHONE. Dont forgot Iphone x copied the notch and almost bezel-less design from Essential phone ( the first to introduce a notch) and almost bezel less front. get a lifeee!!!
posted on May 04, 2018, 2:17 PM 9
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Damn keep this s**t in mind and never talk about notch again "iPhone X was being developed well before the Essential PH1 made its first public appearance" - Evan Blass.
posted on May 04, 2018, 2:29 PM 2
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The Essential's notch is completely different from the iPhone X. The iPhone X uses a big rectangular notch which contains the various sensors and front-camera while the PH-1 has a small square notch which only contains the front-camera. IMHO Essential could (and should) have relocated that camera to the bottom bezel where it's sensors are located to have no top notch at all. Unfortunately most Android copycats copy Apple's rectangular notch and not Essential's squared one. Anyway I don't want either notch. I'd rather have a nice symmetrical top-bottom bezel and a clean design than stupid cut-outs in my screen.
posted on May 06, 2018, 11:00 AM 0
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It definitely won't be using iPhone 6 components, as that would be a step back, unless this is for a mid-range phone, then it might be possible that they're using Apple's components, just like Apple has been using Samsung's components for a while for their flagships.
posted on May 04, 2018, 2:29 PM 6
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Jesus Christ, what does Apple’s relationship with Samsung have to do with the topic article at all? Are you aware that the iPX only has ONE Samsung made component in it (the screen)? Stop facilitating bullshit, thanks in advance.
posted on May 04, 2018, 2:54 PM 3
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Well let's see, htc and apple have licensing agreements between themselves so maybe htc is hinting some sort of new partnership with apple for their next device. Maybe htc will license some form of ios or have some sort of ios services running on their device. Nah, probably not.
posted on May 04, 2018, 2:57 PM 0
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Didn't HTC and Apple enter some kind of cross-licensing agreement back in 2012? Why is this news again?
posted on May 04, 2018, 4:35 PM 0
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Provide link of iPA post on it or other website blog on it then i can believe.
posted on May 04, 2018, 4:45 PM 0
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This isn't about that agreement. It's just a simple teaser photo that includes some cellphone parts. Coincidentally there happen to be some iphone parts in it. The idea is (literally) that their new phone is MORE than the sum of it's parts. Would be nice to finally have the ultra-complete phone that has it all, including IR-blaster, expandable storage, audio-jack, big battery, NFC, inductive charging, big bright amoled-(or at least HQ IPS LCD) screen, fast SoC, loud and clear stereo speakers, fantastic mics, latest BT, no or minimal throttling etc... But knowing HTC's reputation I usually wonder what feature did they ditch this time. :-/
posted on May 06, 2018, 11:08 AM 0
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Lol probably a stock photo used by the graphic designer.
posted on May 04, 2018, 7:45 PM 0
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They should fire that guy.. And they could sue him too..
posted on May 04, 2018, 10:26 PM 0
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https://www.cnet.com/news/htc-u12-tweet-iphone-parts/ "We're glad people are studying our teaser so closely. The fact people have noticed parts from different phone models is exactly right – they represent the jumble of parts (specs) that our competitors inelegantly cram into their phones, while the space in the middle outlining HTC's next phone represents 'a phone that is more than the sum of its specs.' To be clear, none of the parts illustrated in the teaser came from the phone we're announcing May 23rd; people will have to tune in to htc.com that day to find out more…" So PhoneArena clearly didn't do their research.
posted on May 04, 2018, 11:07 PM 3
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Thanks for the heads up about the response. I'd just assumed it was marketing making a pretty picture because this kind of thing hardly matters to the general public. Interesting if there's actually some purpose behind the parts' inclusions.
posted on May 05, 2018, 2:26 AM 1
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Yes they have used the iPhone and other phones parts, but there intention is different. HTC tells CNET the parts are indeed being used intentionally. Here's a statement from the company: We're glad people are studying our teaser so closely. The fact people have noticed parts from different phone models is exactly right – they represent the jumble of parts (specs) that our competitors inelegantly cram into their phones, while the space in the middle outlining HTC's next phone represents 'a phone that is more than the sum of its specs.'
posted on May 05, 2018, 1:40 AM 1
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