HTC flagship with Snapdragon 855, 5G support seemingly in the works

HTC flagship with Snapdragon 855, 5G support seemingly in the works
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Back in 2011, following the release of the HTC Sensation and Sensation XL, HTC hit its peak. Since then, the company’s monthly, quarterly, and yearly revenues have more or less been on a consistent decline – earlier this week it reported a 53% year-on-year drop in revenues for August. Despite doubts over the brand’s long-term sustainability, though, one of HTC’s Senior RF designers, Kevin Duo, has revealed via his LinkedIn profile that the company is still powering ahead.

After making use of the Snapdragon 845 earlier this year, the Taiwanese manufacturer appears to be in the process of sampling Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 855 processor. This, unlike the chip that precedes it, will be built on the newer 7nm process which should permit big performance gains and significant improvements in the efficiency department. Additionally, the updated manufacturing process will put the chip on par with Huawei’s Kirin 980 and Apple’s upcoming A12

By default, and due to the limited availability of 5G networks throughout 2019, the Snapdragon 855 will be coupled with the Snapdragon X24 modem which includes support for 4G LTE networks, something that will reduce the overall production costs of devices. As revealed by Duo’s profile, though, it appears HTC is looking into the superior Snapdragon X50. This modem, unlike the default option, does support 5G networks and will be made available to manufacturers as an option. Thus, if the company chooses to use it, HTC's next flagship may fully support the next-generation networks, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10, for example.

Overall, it’s clear that HTC has no plans to leave the smartphone market any time soon. So at least a couple more flagship devices are likely to come. But with profit margins continuing to decrease in the mid-range and low-end segments, it wouldn’t be surprising to see HTC refocus its efforts on the flagship market entirely. After all, this would at least guarantee a higher profit margin.

source: Kevin Duo via: Android Headlines



1. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Why don't they just stop, everybody stopped caring about HTC years ago.

2. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Because competition is good for consumers? Is HTC R&D funding coming out of your pocket or what?

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Some people just walk through life being negative about everything. I'm surprised how some of them even make it this far.

7. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

What competition? You act like others are taking them seriously. HTC is done and should be put out of their misery as soon as possible. You probably didn't see their last figures.

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

For the Vive sake, I hope HTC is here to stay. Their mobile division on the other hand can bite a dust and nobody would even notice. I am still waiting for decent M9 successor, even with Snap 810, that was a really decent phone with no compromise.

17. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Again, did you lose money on their last figures? You act like if HTC putting products to market, is costing you money.

5. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

HTC don't need to go anywhere,they have to make 3 or 2 product per year,2 flagship,1 midrange or 1 flagship,2 midrange.Prices on their flagship is par with other mainstream competitors flagship prices in competition so u can't blame them.There midrange phones price need to cost low like Nokia smartphones if they want to make sales and profit and focus on 2 or 3 majorly software updates promises on midranges if they want to remain relevant and increase their phones availability like one+ as a small company.

9. perry1234

Posts: 645; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I “can” blame them.They have gimmicky features now and relatively poor after sales / support. Low end phones don’t make much profit anyway even though they make a ton of revenue. I think HTC should have two flagships , one like OP6, great specs and midrange price($650) , online only model, and no R&D on it to bring down MRP. It should still have HTC trademark features like usonic earbuds and stereo speakers. They could even bring back the 3.5 mm jack without any embarrassment. Next, a premium $850-$950 flagship with all guns blazing. And plenty of new features It will keep HTC loyalists happy and get new customers also.

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Gimmick until someone else uses.. Still waiting to hear that the squeeze thing is gimmick on pixel 2

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Where is the HTC Exodus?

6. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I wish people wouldn't doubt HTC so much. They're an amazing company with amazing devices. It never deserved to go where it is now.

8. perry1234

Posts: 645; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Price it at $1000 or close and no one will buy it .

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Good luck HTC, it's going to take a miracle to hang on the next few years staying the same course.

11. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

HTC could take advantage of the fact that no one makes a compact phone anymore. At least that would give them some differentiation.

15. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Seems you forget about Sony!. HTC needs to bring back there Htc 10 build quilaty, front facing camera with autofocus and new (real ultra pixel camera) instated of flowing same camera as iPhone and Galaxy.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Good luck HTC since snapdragon 855 going to manufacturer by TSMC should take the advantage since both companies are Taiwanese.

16. paceman

Posts: 38; Member since: May 23, 2013

To high prices! Bye bye HTC.

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