HTC is having the worst of days and even the launch of the U12 Plus was not enough to turn the finances of the company around. However, that is not preventing the manufacturer from launching more devices in the future as the company is apparently working on a device that will be fueled by a Snapdragon 855. The Snapdragon 855 is said to be Qualcomm’s first ever 7nm FinFET chipset made by TSMC and the upcoming smartphone could also be armed with a 5G modem.
HTC Snapdragon 855 5G Phone: Leak Details
According to the LinkedIn profile of Kevin Kuo, who is one of the senior radio engineers present in the company, the sampling of the Snapdragon 855 is currently underway. Additionally, it looks like HTC is also testing out a 5G modem, which Qualcomm has given it the model name of Snapdragon X50.
Though the Snapdragon X50 can become a part of the Snapdragon 855 as an embedded solution, phone makers might be able to leave it out if they choose. That is because there are rumours that some manufacturers such as Samsung will only release one variant of the Galaxy S10 with a 5G modem and that too in a limited capacity.
The rest of the models are said to come without a 5G modem, possibly to keep the costs low and also because the 5G standard will not immediately give you the advertised speeds as soon as it is launched, so having this hardware addition will look like a waste. Since the expensive and complicated infrastructure will take time to replace the old one, lots of carriers and phone manufacturers have implied that buyers should not expect download speeds to shoot through the roof immediately when 5G is officially launched.
According to different reports, 5G will be able to provide download speeds of 2Gbps and it will also be able to go up to 4Gbps once the connectivity standard proliferates in different countries.
HTC Snapdragon 855 5G Phone: Expected Specifications, Features
As mentioned above, the unnamed HTC flagship will be armed with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. According to different rumours, Qualcomm might launch the Snapdragon 855 as the Snapdragon 8150 because the chip maker wants to differentiate the SoCs present in notebooks and hybrids from the silicon that is present in smartphones and tablets.
The HTC flagship should come with a taller display and a QHD+ resolution; also, looking at the company’s habits, we are sure to see a Super LCD7 touchscreen protected by Gorilla Glass 6 because its predecessor came with a Super LCD6 that was protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
We expect the flagship to be armed with 6GB of RAM and if HTC is feeling a bit generous, we might also be able to see an 8GB RAM model getting launched in different markets. We also believe that a dual-camera at the back followed by a dual-camera at the front will be a part of the configuration, but just like the U12 Plus, we don’t expect to see a 3.5mm headphone jack on the upcoming successor.
HTC might finally give into wireless charging, but it is possible the manufacturer pulls back from this original plan. We also expect the smartphone to feature a decent-sized battery that will also support fast-charging for added convenience.
HTC Snapdragon 855 5G Phone: Expected Launch
There is no exact release date provided for the upcoming flagship, let alone the official name of the HTC-branded device. However, seeing as how the launch of the U12 Plus took place during the month of June, we expect this Snapdragon 855-fueled handset to make its way in the spotlight during June 2019.