Back in September last year, rumour of a new HTC device dubbed HTC Ocean surfaced on the internet, and it had a particularly interesting – not to mention unique – feature: Edge Sense. Essentially, Edge Sense allows users to control the smartphone by simply touching its frame, and the HTC Ocean will reportedly be launching next month as the HTC U.
This bit of news comes from Evan Blass, who was also the same person who leaked the HTC Ocean. According to Blass, the HTC U’s frame will be fitted with sensors that allow users to perform customisable actions with gestures: they can swipe left or right on the frame of the phone, or even squeeze it.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 8, 2017
Aside from that, as the Taiwanese company’s next flagship smartphone, the HTC U will be fitted with high-end hardware. These include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display, 12MP rear and 16MP front-facing cameras, as well as up to 128GB of expandable storage. Naturally, the HTC U will also run on the company’s latest Sense 9 UI based on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
Even though the HTC U will be the third device in the company’s U series of smartphones – joining the HTC U Ultra and U Play – it’s certainly shaping up to be HTC’s most interesting flagship yet. Hopefully, the HTC U will indeed be launching next month in April; it will reportedly go on sale globally in May 2017 too.