In early January, famous leaker Evan Blass came in with a leaked video of an unknown HTC flagship codenamed Ocean.
What made this video attract huge attention was the fact that the phone in question had a touch-sensitive edge that allowed the user to use gestures such as ‘swipe’ or even ‘squeeze’ along the left and right edges of the screen to enable or access several user controls and actions.
Well, the same leaker is at it again, this time with more concrete information about this HTC Ocean phone. If Blass is to be believed, the Ocean will be unveiled as the HTC U. As you may know, the company has already released the HTC U Ultra and U Play, which makes the upcoming HTC U the third variant in the U series.
According to the tipster, the HTC U will be here as early as mid-April. This is just a few weeks away from now, however, the official global release could wait until early May. Being a flagship, the U will reportedly ship with a 5.5-inch WQHD display screen, but at this point in time, we cannot tell if the Taiwanese tech giant will use an AMOLED or LCD panel. Under the hood, the flagship will match the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, coming in with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC that should be paired with at least 4GB RAM.
The HTC U will come in two storage options of either 64GB or 128GB. Both models will still be equipped with a microSD card slot. Blass notes that the same camera setup used on the HTC U Ultra will be retained on the upcoming flagship, however, at least one Sony sensor will be replaced with a newer and probably better version. This means you get a 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor on the back camera and a 16MP IMX351 sensor on the selfie shooter.
The phone will be powered by Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, which is a better software choice than Samsung’s Android 7.0 Nougat. But the best part of the HTC U is the Edge Sense, which is basically the software that controls the touch-sensitive edges of the phone. If you’ve been waiting for an innovative phone, you might just have found yourself one, however, be ready to deal with the Sense 9 UI on top of the stock Android OS.