HTC's upcoming smartphone announcements are set to happen around midnight which will be at 8AM GMT Thursday morning, and the company is set to live stream the event so that anyone who is interested in watching the unveiling of the new devices is able to do so. If you'll be up around that time and are keen to see what HTC has in store, watching the live stream is actually quite simple as HTC is going to host the stream on their htc.com/uk page, although at the moment there is no detail on whether or not the video will actually be hosted through a YouTube player, U Stream, or some other different service. As of right now the page shows no video player of any sort so it's likely that it won't show up until the event is closer to beginning. As for what to expect from HTC's announcements, the most recent rumors are pointing to HTC unveiling three new phones, thought to be the HTC U Ultra, the HTC U Play, and the potential third device which is being referred to as the HTC One X10, which is being rumored to launch sometime in the first quarter of this year, and if it ends up being announced tomorrow then sometime in Q1 of 2017 may be fairly accurate.
In regards to the three devices, the HTC U Ultra is thought to be the most high-end of the three, and a recent leak which supposedly shows off the device from both the front and the back seems to point to features such as a secondary display with a ticker function, as well as potential shortcuts to widely used applications, not too unlike the way the secondary display works on the LG V20. The HTC U Ultra is also thought to be one in the same with the HTC Ocean Note, as "ocean" has been rumored to be the internal codename for the three devices. Alleged specs for the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra were also recently leaked. The HTC U Play is rumored to carry a 5.2-inch Full HD display with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space, a 2,500mAh battery and a MediaTek Helio P10 processor. It's also said to come with a front and back 16-megapixel camera.
As for the HTC U Ultra, HTC is rumored to step things up to a Quad HD 6-inch display while also upping the RAM to 4GB and doubling the internal storage to 64GB. Other specifications are thought to include a 4,000mAh battery and Qualcomm's latest mobile processor, the Snapdragon 835. When it comes to the camera, HTC is rumored to keep the front sensor at 16-megapixels, but drop that particular sensor on the back and instead use a 24-megapixel and 13-megapixel dual camera setup. In regards to the HTC One X10, HTC is expected to use a 5.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution here, keeping the screen the same resolution as the HTC U Play but enlarging it by .5-inches. Both RAM and internal storage are so far expected to be the same as the HTC U Play as well, but the processor could be changed up from the MediaTek Helio P10 to a MediaTek MT6755 octa-core CPU instead, while also employing a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 7.9-megapixel (likely 8-megapixel) front camera.
While three devices as part of the HTC U lineup would be a big enough event for HTC if those were the only things they announced, a recent leak points to the possibility of HTC producing an HTC Vive-branded handset, and it's thought that this may make an appearance at the event as well, although there is next to nothing known about the device when it comes to hardware details. It's also possible that the "Vive phone" as it were, could be one of the other three devices. Whatever HTC has planned for tomorrow's live stream, it seems like they're intent on introducing quite a few devices, and it won't be long before consumers get to find out what those devices are. HTC has made it clear that their U line of phones is all about the consumer, and the previously leaked video that briefly shows an HTC Vive-branded device focuses heavily on providing consumers with devices and choices that allow them to have a smartphone that best represents their personality and uniqueness, so there's also a good chance that whatever shows up during their event will offer a fair bit of customization options.