HTC likely to launch Snapdragon 835 powered flagship in 2017
HTC's Chialin Chang
HTC announced its new U Ultra flagship smartphone at CES earlier this month – a premium, high-gloss device with a 2K display, a secondary ticker screen, and a 16 MP front-facing shooter. However, being presented as a flagship, and powered by last year's Snapdragon 821, the U Ultra made many HTC fans concerned about the company's 2017 lineup.
In a interview with Tbreak, president of HTC’s smartphones and connected devices division Chialin Chang aims to lay these concerns to rest, as he revealed that the Taiwanese company has another premium offering in the pipeline – one that will be powered by the latest and greatest mobile CPU on the market.
Here is what Chang had to say when asked whether the U Ultra would be HTC's only flagship smartphone in 2017:
Judging by Chang's comment, it seems that HTC had been working on the Ultra for some time and was determined to get it out into the market before the next high-end processor comes out.
Although Chang doesn't name the Snapdragon 835 explicitly, it is evident that he is referring to that chip, as it is the upcoming top-end processor that will be powering Android flagships in 2017.
Thinking of release time frame for HTC's next flagship is redundant at this point – it is simply too early. However, knowing that all initial Snapdragon 835 shipments have been reserved by Samsung for the Galaxy S8, we can make a simple, educated guess and tell you that HTC's next premium device won't be launching before the S8, or immediately after it's release. This means May or June at the very earliest, which is still highly unlikely, in our opinion.