Images and specs for the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play leak prior to January 12th unveiling?

Images and specs for the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play leak prior to January 12th unveiling?
Last month, we received a strange invitation from HTC. The invite contained the date of January 12th, and the letter "C" from the HTC logo rotated 90 degrees to the left. That turned it into the letter "U." Not much later things fell into place. A phone with the code name HTC Ocean Note was said to be the HTC U Ultra, a 6-inch phablet. That explained the "U" on the invitation. Then came further word that the sequel to the HTC 10 could be the 5.2-inch HTC U Play, also expected to be unveiled on January 12th.

With the unveiling of both models possibly just two days away, specs for the pair were leaked today on weibo. According to the post by a tipster named @Upleaks, we should expect the HTC U Ultra to carry a large Gorilla Glass protected 6-inch display, with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. The new top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chipset is said to be powering the phone with an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of internal storage. A dual-camera setup (24MP and 13MP) is on back along with a 16MP front-facing camera for selfies and video chats. A second screen seemingly appears near the selfie camera in front. Keeping the lights on is a 4000mAh battery with a fingerprint scanner on back.

For the HTC U Play, the same weibo site listed rumored specs that include a 5.2-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. The MediaTek MT6755 (Helio P10) chipset is under the hood containing an octa-core CPU, and the Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. 3GB of RAM is on board along with 32GB of native storage. Both back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 16MP, and a 2500mAh battery is included. This model reportedly features a front-facing fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button.

We strongly suggest that you take these specs with multiple grains of salt. The Snapdragon 835 isn't expected to be powering any devices until the Samsung Galaxy S8 is released in April. This would seem to invalidate the specs listed above for the HTC U Ultra, although we should point out that the rest of the specs listed for that model are plausible.

In the slideshow below, you will find photos that allegedly show the HTC U Ultra. The problem is that without a dual camera setup and fingerprint scanner on back, these photos do not match the rumored specs found in this story. Considering that we have already found some questionable things about the specs, we are inclined to believe that there is a better chance that the photos are legitimate.

source: @Upleaks via (translated)

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