Remember the HTC Ocean video leaked by Evan Blass back in January? Well, the smartphone is back in the news again. And this time it gives us a hint that it’ll be coming with the guts of a flagship phone, making sure there’s no HTC 11 in the making. But a brand new flagship by the name of HTC U.
According to Venture Beat, the smartphone currently codenamed as HTC Ocean, will be unveiled as the HTC U. The device is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 SoC akin to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+. And it’ll also come with the previously rumored feature HTC Edge Sense — the touch-sensitive metal frame running along all the edges of the smartphone which will let you either swipe or squeeze on left or right sides to perform several customizable actions.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 8, 2017
The report further mentions that HTC U will run Android 7.1 Nougat with the company’s Sense 9 UI on top. The smartphone is said to have a 5.5-inch WQHD display. We are not sure if it will come with an AMOLED or LCD panel, though.
Although Blass didn’t mention anything about the RAM, considering that the HTC U is company’s next flagship, it should pack 4GB of RAM at the least. In terms of storage, the smartphone is believed to come in two variants: 64GB and 128GB. Both the models are said to accept a microSD card.
For photography enthusiasts, the smartphone will come with similar camera setup found on the HTC U Ultra. That being said, at least one of these sensors is believed to be replaced by Sony’s newest version. He further notes that the HTC U will specifically utilize the 12-megapixel IMX362 sensor from Sony for the rear camera and 16-megapixel IMX351 sensor for the front.
The HTC U is believed to be unveiled sometime in-between mid to late April with the global release following in early May.