Last week, a new budget smartphone model numbered HTC 2Q72XXX with a Snapdragon 435 chipset, received Bluetooth certification and was unveiled at Wifi Alliance on Nov. 12.
HTC has struggled to stay afloat in the smartphone market as many Chinese manufacturers are stepping up the game, creating smartphones with increasingly advanced features. The budget surfaced at Wifi Alliance comes with 3GB of RAM and is certified for the 2.4 GHz b/g/n bands. Pre-installed with Android 8.1 Oreo, it will have an octa-core processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.4 GHz.
The Snapdragon 435 was not designed to support the 18:9 aspect ratio that is now commonly used, so instead, this new HTC model may have a traditional aspect ratio with bezels at the top and bottom.
HTC has not confirmed anything regarding the release of a new phone and not much is known about the device. It is expected to be unveiled this year or early 2019.
Starting out as a laptop manufacturer in 1997, Taiwan-based HTC soon began producing smartphones and released its first commercial Android smartphone, the HTC Dream, in 2008. At present, HTC is a manufacturer of both Android and Windows based smartphones.
The company’s latest mobile launch is the Exodus 1 released in October 2018. The Exodus is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and it comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.