A couple of weeks ago, HTC revealed that this year, it has a target of unveiling only six or seven phones in the midrange and high-end family, thus bidding goodbye to the low-end market.
As at the time of this writing, two of these 6-7 phones are already confirmed – the HTC U Ultra and U Play. However, none of them, including the U Ultra, is coming in to succeed last year’s HTC 10. In addition, many were not happy with the fact that the Taiwanese company chose to stick with last year’s Snapdragon 821 SoC for a phone it intends to sell to the masses as a 2017 flagship.
So, what does this mean? Well, what is possible here is that the HTC U Ultra and U Play are the beginning of a completely new series. In addition, the company still has plans to refresh the HTC 10 and while though rumors are claiming that the phone will be known as HTC 11, the company has not confirmed anything so far.
There are even more rumors coming in with fresh details of this alleged HTC 11. The fresh report brings back the HTC Ocean codename that has been around for quite some time now. The HTC U Ultra was dubbed the Ocean Note and now that it’s already confirmed, the other remaining device is the HTC Ocean, which was initially thought to be the HTC U Play, but this turned out to be codenamed HTC Alpine.
From the images, all the high-end specs you can ever dream of in a 2017 flagship are there and if all goes well, you could have a chance to interact with the device starting this April. One feature that should make the HTC 11 outstanding is the HTC Edge Sense. Like the Galaxy S7 Edge, the incoming HTC 11 is expected to come with a curved dual-edge screen whose edge touch is known as Edge Sense. What this means is that this feature will enable users of the phone to perform some extra activities using the outer frame of the flagship.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 27, 2017
A few weeks ago, a video leaked showcasing an alleged HTC 11 dubbed HTC Ocean with sensitive edges. With this latest leak, it is only adding weight to the idea that the phone will ship with a curved dual-edge screen like that seen on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
The HTC Ocean is also expected to ship with a 5.5-inch QHD screen with a Snapdragon 835 SoC under the hood. As for the RAM, expect at least 4GB, but don’t be surprised if 6GB RAM showed up, but the storage should be upped to 64GB with support for microSD card expansion. The leaked images also confirm that the HTC 11 will come equipped with the Sense AI Assistant as well as support for mobile VR.
Software-wise, the alleged HTC 11 should come with the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat preinstalled. If these specs and features materialize, there’s no doubt that 2017 is going to be an interesting year for mobile phone enthusiasts, especially looking at what LG and Sony have already done at the MWC 2017 and the plans Samsung has in store for the Galaxy S8.