HTC is gearing up to announce a new smartphone. The company has published a press invite on its Weibo account for an event taking place on January 15 in China, where it’s expected to take the wraps off the U11 EYEs. This hasn’t officially been confirmed yet, but it’s a safe bet given the fact that HTC emphasized the word Eye in its Weibo post.
Although the company hasn’t shared any details about the device, we already know a lot about it. According to Evan Blass, it could sport a 6-inch Full HD+ display, which means it should have an aspect ratio of 18:9. The device is said to be powered by the Snapdragon 652 chipset, have 4 GB of RAM, and pack a 3,930 mAh battery.
HTC U11 EYEs (Harmony): 6″ FHD+ (1080 x 2160) Super LCD3, SD652 octa core, 4GB/64GB (+microSD), USB-C, 3930mAh, IP67, Android Nougat, Edge Sense. Black, silver, and red. Launches 1/15. pic.twitter.com/Ng0ateH3XR
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 12, 2018
Other specs include 64 GB of expandable storage, an IP67 rating for protection against water, and Edge Sense that lets you open an app of choice by squeezing the device. The U11 EYEs may launch with Nougat on board, but will likely get upgraded to Oreo somewhere down the line.
Rumors have it that HTC could also reveal another, more powerful variant of the U11 EYEs at the event. It might come with the Snapdragon 660 chipset under the hood, with some claiming it could also sport 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
Thanks to Evan Blass, we also have a good idea of what the HTC U11 EYEs could look like. He posted alleged images of the device on Twitter, which leave little to the imagination — check them out below.
Based on the images, the U11 EYEs could look a lot like the U11 Plus, which is a good thing in my opinion. It has a clean front without branding and a minimalistic glass back that’s eye-catching thanks to its reflective nature. The images also reveal that the device may have a dual-camera setup on the front, which makes sense given its name.
The Snapdragon 652-powered U11 EYEs is expected to retail for CNY 2,599 (around $400), while the beefed-up variant with the Snapdragon 660 chipset will set you back CNY 3,599 (around $555). They are said to go on sale in Hong Kong on January 17, followed by a release in China and Taiwan soon after. No word on when — or if — we’ll see the HTC EYEs in Western markets.