EXCLUSIVE: No HTC U13 in 2019, expect ‘something else’

With all of the Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors floating round in this day and age, you may well be questioning what different smartphone makers are making plans for 2019. Rumors and hypothesis relating to HTC’s subsequent instrument have began spreading with somewhat a couple of HTC lovers hoping the following HTC instrument will function a full-screen show (we are hoping they skip the notch) the following degree of HTC’s “buttonless” design language that we noticed at the U12+,  VR/AR integration to enrich the HTC Vive and naturally the inclusion of Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8150.

What we find out about HTC’s 2019 plans

Rumors are skinny this present day with HTC conserving their playing cards as regards to their chest, however a supply acquainted with the subject has knowledgeable us the HTC would possibly not free up the HTC U13 in the spring. Instead, we will have to expect to look a  mid-flagship instrument.

While we do not need any further main points right now, our resources did trace at “one thing else” from HTC later in the yr.  There’s no indication as to what this “one thing else” in reality is, however HTC has the risk right here to fully re-group and get started with a recent plan transferring ahead in cellular.

Our take in this new data

Rather than proceeding to compete with “the large boy,” HTC would possibly exchange its focal point to pay attention to the core community of lovers and die-hard customers. What we’re in reality going to look in 2019 is any one’s bet, however with contemporary trade introductions of hidden cameras, in-screen fingerprint readers and button-less design (U12+), in all probability we will have to get started making ready for one thing very similar to the HTC Ocean that was once by chance teased just about 2 years in the past.

One factor is obvious, HTC wishes to forestall what it’s been doing and hit the reset button in 2019.

A couple of issues you could now not know if you’re new to the HTC dialog.

  • Long sooner than HTC determined to head it on my own, it manufactured gadgets for different firms, who then bought them underneath their very own names. The checklist of early merchandise it made comprises the HP iPAQ Pocket PC and the Palm Treo 650.
  • The HTC Wallaby, the primary telephone HTC ever made, was once bought underneath many pseudonyms together with – O2 XDA, T-Mobile MDA, Dopod 686, Siemens SX56, and Qtek 1010.
  • HTC, till just lately nonetheless made gadgets for different firms every now and then. These come with Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Nexus One.
  • HTC was once the primary corporate so as to add a custom designed pores and skin on most sensible of Android. Called “Sense” it debuted in 2009 at the HTC Hero. Almost each producer has adopted HTC’s instance since then.
  • HTC reached its height in the Q3 of 2011. According to reviews, the corporate was once the most important smartphone maker in the U.S. with just about 25% of the cell phone marketplace. Shipping round 5.7 million gadgets in the duration, 800,000 greater than Samsung in 2d position. Apple got here in 3rd with gross sales of 4.6 million devices.

[Poll] HTC in 2019

— Darren Millar (@darrenmillar) November 16, 2018

With not up to 2 months to 2019 and not more than 6 months till spring we will be able to simplest believe what is occurring at the well-known 16th flooring of HTC’s HQ in Taiwan. Oh to be a fly at the pristine white marble partitions. I’ll most probably be attending MWC in Barcelona subsequent yr, I’ll catch up with my resources an see what’s coming, in the interim, I’ll stay an ear to the bottom. Here’s hoping HTC can flip it round in 2019 possibly they’ll even convey again some steel frame variants.