HTC’s upcoming smartphone, the HTC U – codenamed Ocean – will likely be the Taiwanese company’s first “true flagship” of 2017. Ahead of its (probable) launch sometime this month, a new image of the HTC U has surfaced, and it seems to be very similar to the HTC U Ultra in terms of design.
As expected, the HTC U will feature HTC’s new glass and metal design language. As a matter of fact, aside from the different camera bump and lack of a secondary display, the HTC U looks a lot like the U Ultra, down to the button configuration and front fingerprint sensor.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 15, 2017
But design isn’t the HTC U’s most attractive aspect: it is the device’s Edge Sense feature, which necessitates the need for a touch-sensitive frame. The HTC U’s frame will apparently be fitted with sensors that allow users to perform customisable actions with gestures. For instance, it may just be possible to “squeeze” the HTC U to lock it.
Other rumoured specifications of the HTC U include a 5.5-inch WQHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of expandable storage, 12MP rear and 16MP front-facing shooters, and HTC’s new Sense 9 UI based on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The HTC U is expected to be made official sometime this month; it will reportedly go on sale next month in May as well. Hopefully, Edge Sense will bring a suit of useful features to the HTC U; 2017 is a competitive year for flagship smartphones, after all.
(Source: Twitter (Evan Blass))