The HTC U Ultra isn’t going to be the company’s flagship smartphone of the year.
Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC, is reportedly planning to launch a smartphone on the Snapdragon 835 chipset this year. The company recently announced its HTC U and U Ultra smartphones, with Snapdragon 821 chipsets, but they won’t take the flagship mantle, or so it seems. In an interview with Tbreak, HTC’s President of smartphones and connected devices, Chialin Chang, revealed that such a smartphone is in the works.
“Every time there is a brand new CPU with power that we can leverage, we’re always at the forefront doing that. Some people are talking about the timing [of our release] but timing was determined 9 months ago. This is the best CPU out there. When the next flagship CPU comes, HTC will be one of the very first tier doing that.
When we will look back, it will be clear why HTC introduced [these new phones.] We want to have a couple of months of leadership before the next flagship CPU comes. But that will be in another period of time- not at MWC. Not for us or any other player. I can tell you that for sure. When the new CPU comes, HTC will have another flagship.
Although Snapdragon 835 isn’t mentioned by name, that’s surely what’s being referred to here.”
Reports have said that Samsung has been hogging Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipsets, which has left other OEMs high and dry. The upcoming LG G6 is expected to be run on the Snapdragon 821 alone, which means it will be one step behind the Galaxy S8 even at launch. The same is true for HTC’s U Ultra.