HTC is looking to bring an 18:9 screen to the budget market

HTC is working on an affordable smartphone that will introduce the coveted 18:9 aspect ratio to the budget market, according to a new report.

Esteemed tipster Evan Blass took to Twitter on February 4 to reveal that the firm is developing a mid-range smartphone – dubbed the HTC Breeze – that’s equipped with a 5.5-inch ultra-tall screen (18:9), a MediaTek CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP selfie shooter and a 2,730mAh cell.

There’s no word on when HTC will take the wraps off the handset, but with it tipped to hold a gathering at Mobile World Congress at the end of the month, there’s a chance we could find out more about unit then. Nothing’s set in stone, though – so best not get too excited (if budget smartphones are your thing, that is).

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Blass’ tweet is more than a snippet of information about a new device, however. It’s also confirmation that Google’s $1.1 billion acquisition of HTC’s R&D division hasn’t affected the firm’s roadmap, meaning we can expect to see a number of new smartphones – including a new flagship – from the manufacturer in 2018.

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