HTC’s next flagship smartphone won’t be announced at the upcoming MWC 2018 in Barcelona, according to a report from Android Headlines. The smartphone, possibly titled the HTC U12, will miss out on one of the world’s biggest electronics shows.
According to the report, which cites an inside source, the company will instead hold a launch event after MWC 2018, likely in March or April where it will announce its next flagship smartphone.
While there’s a possibility that we won’t see HTC U12 at MWC, we’ll definitely see the Samsung’s flagship devices Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The South Korean giant has already confirmed this and has also sent out media invites for the launch event on 25th February. There’s also a possibility that we’ll see the Sony Xperia XZ Pro at MWX.
HTC’s upcoming flagship could have been a good fit for the electronics show, given the amount of press coverage it generally receives. However, as the HTC U11 arrived in May last year, it might be too early for the company’s release cycle for the next-gen device.
Also, there were reports suggesting that HTC is planning to reduce the number of phones it releases in 2018, and with its 2017 revenues being the company’s worst for 13 years, the company may choose to spend extra time developing its next flagship.
With the likes of HTC, LG and Huawei reportedly avoiding major announcements at the Mobile World Congress this year, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus may receive the lion’s share of the coverage.