This HTC U12 ‘render’ is everything that’s wrong with phone leaks

An interesting render has surfaced online allegedly showcasing the design of the HTC U12, the successor to the firm’s first ‘squeezable’ smartphone – but don’t get too excited, as it could be easily mistaken for something a 10-year-old put together using Microsoft Paint.

The bland – for lack of a better word – image highlights a handset with an edge-to-edge immersive screen much like the Galaxy S8, complete with a slender bezel. The HTC U11, on the other hand, was praised for its durable build and a touted sizeable bezel and a physical Home button – a feature that also appears to be missing.

Here it is in all its…glory…

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Last year, HTC featured a front-facing fingerprint sensor on the U11, leading us to wonder where it’s moved it to. There are two main options: under the screen, or on the back of the device, with the latter seeming a lot more feasible, given that in-display fingerprint scanners are still a nascent phenomenon in the phone world. This could cause a problem, depending on how subtle the positioning is.

If HTC takes inspiration from Samsung and its otherwise excellent Galaxy S8, positioning the fingerprint reader next to the camera, the U12 is likely to perturb many Android fans, as this can interfere with basic camera shooting.

A sweeter spot for a rear-facing biometric scanner is in the centre of the device, under the camera, so here’s hoping HTC takes a leaf out of the blueprints Google handed over when it commissioned the firm to build the Pixel.

As you’ve probably already gathered, the poor nature of the render (which was first shared by a less-than-reputable outfit called SuggestPhone) makes it tough to determine what exactly HTC is working on. Heck, we can’t even make out where the screen starts and stops. We should, however, find out more in the near future, as more esteemed tipsters start to catch wind of the Taiwanese company’s plan, so sit tight.

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