HTC has set for a launch event on the 16th of May next month, and the Taiwanese company will very likely unveil the HTC U (aka the HTC Ocean) on that day. The tagline “Squeeze for the brilliant U” is a pretty clear indication of this.
Based on leaks and rumours, the upcoming smartphone is expected to be HTC’s first true flagship of 2017. It will reportedly feature a 5.5-inch 1440p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage – further expandable with a microSD card – 12MP rear and 16MP front-facing cameras, as well as HTC Sense 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
— HTC (@htc) April 20, 2017
But the most interesting “rumoured” feature of the HTC U is Edge Sense; a new form of input that allows for interactions with the phone’s frame. Chances are, HTC is teasing this very feature with its teaser for the upcoming launch event.
However, there was also an earlier leak of the HTC U that revealed its design, and it looks very similar to the company’s lackluster HTC U Ultra – bar the secondary display. While we liked the U Ultra’s design, it’s not quite as sleek-looking as the Samsung Galaxy S8+ or the LG G6 with their very minimal bezels.
Nonetheless, we’ll find our for ourselves if these leaks and rumours surrounding the HTC U are legitimate once the device is made official on 16 May. We definitely want to learn more about the U’s rumoured Edge Sense feature.