Monday , July 23 2018

Mobile World Congress is just around the corner. A lot is being said about which big brands will launch various things, but less is being said about which won’t. Samsung will launch their new Galaxy S9 line, and because of this, it seems many brands won’t be launching their products at the show to avoid getting lost in the news cycle.

A leak from within HTC suggests that the Taiwanese company will not announce its new flagship, the rumored HTC U12, at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We understand that the company is planning to host a separate event after MWC. No specific date has been mentioned, but expect a launch event in either March or April.

Will it be HTC’s U12? Will it be something else? Little is known about what HTC is working on, but there are some safe bets. Whatever its name, the new phone will likely resemble the HTC U11 Plus with some changes. As is the trend, slimming bezels mean the front-mounted fingerprint sensor may migrate to the rear, but other popular features from 2017’s HTC U11 series will likely return – the phone will probably be made out of metal and glass, and it will ship with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.

What else will be in there? Qualcomm’s 2018 Snapdragon 845 seems likely, 4GB of RAM or more, Android Oreo … it’s not hard to speculate, but until it’s announced, we simply won’t know.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Can’t say I blame them. I wouldn’t want to try to share the spotlight with the Korean Juggernaut.

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