HTC not yet dead yet as second new device in a month surfaces on Geekbench
It hasn’t gone unnoticed that HTC has been more than a little quiet this year. It once made among the most eagerly anticipated flagship Android smartphones on the market, but there hasn’t been any device from HTC running a Snapdragon 855 sighted thus far. However, it looks like it might have a second mid-ranger that it is prepping for release. A new Geekbench entry has been observed for another mid-range device, but this time with a MediaTek chipset.
It was only the middle of last month that HTC’s first signs of life in 2019 emerged in the shape of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710-powered mid-range device with the model number HTC 2Q7A100 visiting Geekbench and AnTuTu. The new device has a model number of HTC 2Q741, which is similar enough to suggest it could be the base model in the same range. It’s MediaTek Helio P35 octa-core chip comes with 6 GB of RAM but posted only modest scores of 897 in the single-core test and 4385 in the multi-core test.
It was only in December HTC’s current president Darren Chen said that it will continue to make smartphones but will streamline releases to include only mid-range and high-end devices. It did see some success with its first blockchain smartphone the Exodus selling out and the company recently indicating a sequel is in the offing. Still, it will be an uphill battle to get HTC back to anywhere near where it once was.