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HTC U (Ocean) pictured for the first time - is this HTC's true flagship for 2017?

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HTC U (Ocean) pictured for the first time - is this HTC's true flagship for 2017?
Back in January, HTC said that it was not planning to release an HTC 11 smartphone. This, however, doesn't mean that the U Ultra - available in the US since last month - will remain the company's only high-end handset throughout 2017, as an HTC U (codenamed Ocean) is expected to be launched in the near future.

Thanks to Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), we now have what's likely the first legit photo showing the HTC U. The upcoming smartphone seemingly has a glossy finish, a small fingerprint scanner on the front, plus rounded corners and edges. The device kind of looks like a smaller HTC U Ultra, though it obviously doesn't offer a secondary display, while its rear camera has a different design. Truth be told, this new rear camera looks a bit weird, but maybe it's just this particular image that doesn't do the phone justice.

According to previously revealed information, the HTC U sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixel) display, and is powered by Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 processor. One of the handset's highlights should be a touch-sensitive frame (dubbed Edge Sense) that allows you to perform certain actions using gestures - like swiping or squeezing. Other features may include 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, a 12 MP rear camera, and a 16 MP front-facing camera. Android Nougat with Sense 9 should run the show.

Right now, there's no info on when and where the HTC U will be released. In any case, it looks like this will be HTC's true flagship for 2017, though we wouldn't go as far as calling it a successor to the HTC 10.


source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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posted on 15 Apr 2017, 12:44 30

1. Zylam (Posts: 985; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Welcome to Bezel city, be sure to visit offset, OCD inducing home button lane.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:24 20

17. Bankz (Posts: 1188; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


All of a sudden, I have started appreciating samsungs design.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:42 2

20. Zylam (Posts: 985; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


LOL a cold day in Hell has arrived.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 16:15

38. Clars123 (Posts: 898; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


It is indeed interesting. I saw a Note7 in the wild a few days ago (some people like to live dangerously) and my reaction was 'look at those YUGE bezels!!".. Im already used to the S8 design

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 22:47 1

51. GreenMan (Posts: 1671; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


I took the same swift U-Turn over Samsung about an year ago and bought a Galaxy S6...

Interestingly, my behavior is well documented in PhoneArena...!

I used to be all about Stock-Android and Nexus...

Oh well,

G'Day!

posted on 16 Apr 2017, 00:18 5

52. zeeBomb (Posts: 2284; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


poor
use
of
space

posted on 16 Apr 2017, 04:57 1

55. dimas (Posts: 2451; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Oh HTC, what have you done to yourself? You can't even compete to xiaomis and huaweis anymore.

posted on 16 Apr 2017, 08:25

58. davthom123 (Posts: 67; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


mkbhd

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 12:50 14

2. Emmanuelz (Posts: 212; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Wth is this htc ? Everyone is redesigning and your bringing this?

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:17 8

13. Bankz (Posts: 1188; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


I swear htc is worse than microsoft. I mean, what's this ffs? Jesus christ!!!

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 22:44 2

50. KingSam (Posts: 439; Member since: 13 Mar 2016)


Google pixel with new back?

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 12:51 12

3. htcisthebest (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


That bezel males me sick. Also don't like fingerprint scanner on the front (looks like an outdated ugly iPhone) unless it's within the display.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 12:53 5

4. Lumia_Luigi (Posts: 44; Member since: 22 Mar 2017)


Looks like the Pixel

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 12:56 6

5. htcisthebest (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Makes sense because HtC made the Pixel.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 12:58 7

6. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 387; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


HTC needs a restructuring I'm not sure they know where they're headed in the market.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:02 4

7. Andrewtst (Posts: 666; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


BEZEL!!! single camera? front finger sensor that taken huge space! Sorry HTC you can continue no sales and not earn money.

posted on 16 Apr 2017, 05:03 1

56. dimas (Posts: 2451; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


We can forget dual cameras if their single sensor is great but bezels on 2017? Lg and samsung just killed thick bezels on worlwide market last month. HTC, just do something like that monster spec sharp aquos compact. You might have an edge if you also cater to other target markets.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:04 1

8. Xperia14 (Posts: 827; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


I'll probably buy it if it comes with FM and IP68.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:42 14

21. Zylam (Posts: 985; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


You're called Xperia.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:53 6

23. htcisthebest (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Buy the Xperia XZ Premium. It's most likely better than the Ocean. I mean at least the XZ Premium has a stunning 4K resolution display. What does the HTC have?

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 15:10

29. Xperia14 (Posts: 827; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


I wish I could, but the XZ premium doesn't have an FM radio and that's a dealbreaker for me.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 16:25 1

39. Bankz (Posts: 1188; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Guess your only option is the g6 and the moto z. Honestly, that feature is enough to get a flagship phone. I wonder what dem oem's are thinking tbh and to make it worse, it doesnt even cost zilch to include.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 16:54

42. Xperia14 (Posts: 827; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Yeah, I like the G6, and I'm thinking of buying it, but its high price, 32GB, small FOV of the main camera and average camera quality have kept me from buying it yet.

I want to wait for the Nokia 9, but I really need a new phone, and I can't afford both.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 12:00

69. Vador225 (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jun 2016)


The HTC have an amazing big bezel lol, and à magnificent poor Use of space ^^.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:09 2

9. kiko007 (Posts: 4765; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


If I here someone bitching about f**king bezels one more time...

Like, wtf is wrong with people? Not even a year ago most of you didn't even no what the border of your screen was called! Now it's an important feature to not have bezels? Simpleminded...

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:16 12

11. htcisthebest (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


In a time when even Apple tries to copy Samsung GS8 and Xiaomi Mi Mix with the small bezel iPhone 8, you know bezel-less is going to be a trend.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:18 4

14. htcisthebest (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Not that Apple never copied from others. They copied the original HTC M8's antenna design as well as the old Lumia's side profile on the iPhone 6.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:20

15. kiko007 (Posts: 4765; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Damn. Hate to admit it, but you're probably spot on. Goodbye ergonomically pleasing bezels. You shall be missed!

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 14:12 1

24. Youngquenga41 (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Apr 2017)


"Hear"

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 14:25

25. kiko007 (Posts: 4765; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Thanks...

Didn't even notice that.

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