HTC announced its high-end U Ultra smartphone a few weeks ago, which is powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset, and not the latest Snapdragon 835. But fear not, HTC fans. It looks like the company still has plans to announce a device with Qualcomm’s latest processor this year, just not at MWC 2017.
Chialin Chang, HTC’s president of smartphones and connected devices, recently had an interesting interview with Tbreak. Chang said that a Snapdragon 835 powered HTC smartphone is coming, but we won’t be seeing it in Barcelona next month. What’s more, according to Chang, we won’t see any Snapdragon 835 smartphones announced in Spain.
If true, this supports previous rumors claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S8, which will probably be released in mid-April, is going to be the first device to feature the Snapdragon 835. We have already reported that the upcoming LG G6 is expected to launch with last year’s Snapdragon 821 at MWC because Samsung will apparently get the first production run of the Snapdragon 835.
We assume that the upcoming Snapdragon 835 smartphone the company plans on releasing this year is the HTC 11, the successor to the HTC 10. If all the rumors are true, we won’t see it at least until the end of April or possibly even May, but it’s also possible it could launch at an even later date, depending on how quickly Qualcomm’s supply can meet Samsung’s demand.