Rumour: HTC won’t show the HTC U12 at Mobile World Congress

Alex Kidman 29 January 2018

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Will Samsung end up having the big mobile show to itself?

We're now less than a month away from the formal start of Mobile World Congress 2018, the mobile world's biggest trade show, and that means that the rumours are flying thick and fast. Samsung has so far dominated the rumour game, thanks to the imminent arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S9, but it's not the only phone likely to debut in Barcelona.

Or is it?

LG had already been tipped to give MWC 2018 a miss with the LG G7 apparently heading back to the drawing board (although LG itself refuses to comment on timing), and now rumours suggest that HTC might also likewise dodge MWC as the venue to announce its next flagship phone, presumably the HTC U12.

According to Android Headlines, HTC will instead look to hold its own event to launch its next flagship phone sometime around March or April.

At this stage, there's not a whole lot known about HTC's next premium handset, beyond the fact that it will almost certainly launch using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845, and is likely to use the same "Edge Sense" squeezable sides as the HTC U11 predecessor and the HTC-built Google Pixel phone, unless that bit of IP is too closely tied up in HTC's own deal with Google last year.

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    HTC hasn't always used Mobile World Congress for large-scale launches in the past, instead opting to show off other devices such as its HTC Vive headset at previous events.

    We'll be reporting live from MWC 2018, so stay tuned for the latest news as it happens.


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