Latest HTC leak points towards outdated design on next phone

Latest HTC leak points towards outdated design on next phone
The HTC U11+

An unannounced HTC smartphone has been making appearances all over the web these past few months, and now the device has been certified in the brand’s home country of Taiwan. Typically, these filings don’t reveal much, but this isn’t the case today.

As spotted by MySmartPrice, the certification listing contains a sketch of the unnamed smartphone’s front panel. This shows that, unlike most 2019 devices, HTC’s offering won’t sport a notched display or even a punch hole panel. Instead, the company is settling for an 18:9 screen coupled with thick bezels both above and below, thus creating an outdated look. Unfortunately, the design of the rear panel wasn’t detailed, but the listing does show the side of the smartphone. From this, it can be determined that a dual-camera setup is present in the top-left corner of the device.

Regarding the internal side of things, today’s listing doesn’t contain any information. However, previous leaks have pointed towards the presence of 6GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710, a chipset currently found inside the Nokia 8.1 and expected to be used in the foldable Motorola Razr.

HTC hasn’t yet confirmed when this smartphone will be announced, but a release will presumably take place at some point this summer. It’s unclear at this point how much the device will cost.

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11 Comments

1. BCMWorld

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

How is this an outdated design more than all itoys after itoy 6?

2. User123456789

Posts: 1029; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Of course it will look like u12+. No hole, no notch. PA should be happy.

3. superguy

Posts: 465; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Oh no! It has bezels! I mean really? Of all things to complain about , this one's pretty low as it's cosmetic. And besides, I didn't see you guys calling bezels on the beloved Pixel 3a series outdated. Minor gripes maybe, but outdated wasn't one of the words I remembered. This is also a midranged device, where people care more about price than they do about looks. Again - look at the Pixel 3a. Not a big deal there - why outdated in the headline here? HTC can never catch a break from you guys.

10. inFla

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

I accidentally open Google Assistant often because of the thin chin bezel on my phone. The bezels in the sketch above are functional, not thick.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2633; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

There's nothing wrong with the design or specs for a mid tier device. The motivating factor will be price. If it features a similar price point as the Pixel 3a, then there may be something to it. Of course, knowing HTC, it will be at least $150 more expensive, feature a much weaker camera and never see a software update.

5. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

That HTC will have a new phone coming at all seems just short of miraculous.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'd rather have bezels than a thicc notch (I'm an iPhone user... btw).

7. tedkord

Posts: 17418; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This outdated design is better than the flagships Apple and Samsung are putting out, with chunks of display cut out.

8. LRSousa

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

I hate notch. So, this looks nice to me.

9. LawnBoy

Posts: 198; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

My kind of phone

11. CDexterWard

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Looks like a solid and balanced phone design. No notches, holes, or other interruptions. Minimal chin and forehead. Flat-ish screen, no excessive rounded edges begging for scratches and cracks. Throw some solid hardware and software in there and let's see what happens.

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