HTC is seemingly working on a new Snapdragon 435-powered smartphone
The HTC U11
With its smartphone sales on the decline, HTC hasn’t been doing too well lately – the company reached a new low in October – but despite this, it seems to have yet another device up its sleeves.
Spotted on a new Bluetooth SIG listing, the smartphone in question goes by the name HTC 2Q72XXX. Not much is known about it other than the fact that Bluetooth 4.2 support will arrive alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435. However, the processor does suggest that the device will target the low-end segment, which subsequently means that this could be HTC’s next Desire offering.
At the company’s peak back in 2011, HTC was releasing over 30 smartphones per year, but as its financial situation has worsened over time, the company has reduced this number significantly in the hope of cutting costs. In fact, so far this year, the brand unveiled just six smartphones, including the recent Exodus 1 blockchain offering.
Because HTC itself has not confirmed plans for any more smartphones this year, there is still a chance this particular model will arrive in early 2019 as a replacement for this year’s Desire 12. As Bluetooth SIG certifications tend to be granted quite close to release, though, it seems more likely that consumers will see this smartphone before 2018 is over.