After completing this year’s portfolio of flagships, HTC seems to be working on next generation of flagships for next year. The Taiwanese manufacturer has seen a rapid decline of 53% year-on-year drop of August, but is still looking forward to make its way back into the market.
Though HTC focuses on mid-range smartphones but they do tend to release handsets on the flagship range like the U12 Plus launched back in May this year. The new report comes from the LinkedIn profile of Kevin Kio, one of the senior radio engineers in the company.
The report says that the handset manufacturer is in the initial phase of sampling Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. The latest chipset will be introducing brand new 7nm process resulting in higher performance at low cost. The latest high-end offering from Qualcomm will be on par compared to companies like Huawei and Apple with their own Kirin 980 and Apple A12 chipsets respectively.
HTC is also looking to adopt the next 5G network using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem. While most of the companies will go for Snapdragon X24 4G LTE, they have X50 as an alternative which is the fastest 5G capable modem. This reason alone may put manufacturers behind like Samsung with its 4G supported Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship. Reports state that 5G network will able to provide download speeds of 2Gbps and can go upto 4Gbps after the network gets widely adopted.
The name of the smartphone is still not clear but it will likely come with a tall display with QHD+ resolution. Since its predecessor came with Super LCD6, we expect to see a Super LCD7 protected by the Gorilla Glass 6. Other expected features include 6GB RAM, dual cameras and a battery supporting fast charging.
The company will have to take a new road developing more powerful and feature rich flagship which will guarantee its survival on the cut-throat smartphone industry. Also, the decreasing sales in the mid-range segment means the company will have to target other segments like flagship-line.