HTC Ocean promotional video leaks ahead of official announcement (UPDATE)

HTC Ocean promotional video leaks ahead of official announcement (UPDATE)

UPDATE: According to Evan Blass, the smartphone in the promo video is not related to the Ocean Note that will probably be announced next week. 

We're just a couple of days away from HTC's big launch event, and information about the products that could be unveiled on January 12 continue to pop up online.

New details about one of the phones to be introduced next week have just been revealed by Evan Blass who published one of the promotional videos that will probably go live on January 12.

The so-called HTC Ocean is shown in the video, but that's not why we're so excited. It looks like HTC has found a way to use the edges of the display in a way that is actually useful.

The smartphone will allow users to scroll between various app by using the edges of the screen. In addition, you will also be able to tap on the edge of the display to open an application. The functionality seems more than a gimmick, but we're not sure how smooth it will work in real life.

In the video, HTC shows how you can quickly take a selfie by using the phone's new edge screen functionality. We believe there might be other uses for this feature, so we can't wait for the next week's announcement.

HTC is expected to launch at least two new smartphones on January 12. Previously leaked as HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, the smartphones might feature the company's new UI. A third mid-range smartphone, the HTC One X10 will be announced in Q1, but an exact release date is unknown for the moment.

source: Evan Blass

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18 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Wow, looks really great. Can't wait for the announcement. HTC is here to change.

2. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Is it just me, or did you guys see "Messeges" spelt instead of Messages? Anyway, I'm cautiously optimistic about HTC's future. Looks interesting from a functionality standpoint, but rumored MediaTek chipset and what appears to be One A9-like design worries me somewhat.

6. Abdbaas

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Why would you use this feature? I wanna go to the camera app, I double click the home button. I wanna go to an app, guess what? I have an icon right in front of me to go there directly instead of touching and sliding my finger on the side of my phone. HTC's investor must be furious and gutted to lose so much money because of people who keep coming with stupid ideas like this

9. Tech-shake

Posts: 207; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

While I agree with you, I also would like to wait and see how this feature is implemented. Let's give it a chance to exist and see it in person.

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2253; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that kind of the same thing Samsung has done with their edge feature? So you could be making the same complaint: why would I want to swipe in from the edge to toggle apps and what not when the app is right there. In other words, to say this is useless is to also suggest Samsung's (and Blackberry's) edge feature is just as useless.

7. Abdbaas

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Why would you use this feature? I wanna go to the camera app, I double click the home button. I wanna go to an app, guess what? I have an icon right in front of me to go there directly instead of touching and sliding my finger on the side of my phone. HTC's investor must be furious and gutted to lose so much money because of people who keep coming with stupid ideas like this

8. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Looks pretty darn nice. Like an evolved Google Pixel.

10. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Useful feature for one handed operation With voice assists managed activities I hope this device Will be part of new HTC's flagship line

11. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Can I touch the screen at all? No? Why cant i just touch the damn screen to launch the camera or any other apps?

12. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

on january apple fans will be like: "that's because A# is already 4months old now" and on september android fans will be like: "that's because SD### is already 8months old now" repeat every year, lol... btw, 118k from 3D performance alone? that's just too good to be true... and probably fake :-/ SD820 only scored 55k and A10 scored 48k in 3D performance.. or maybe the new adreno is just a real badass, lol...

13. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Very nice. Pretty sure this will be my next phone now.

16. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Looks cool but its just a gimmick. The time i waste scrolling i can just simply click the icon on the main screen

18. solomonisback

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 08, 2017

If you have a touch screen phone then why use the side slide. It's pure gimmick. Not a good one.

19. Bankz

Posts: 2478; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Looking at evan blasses tweet, this phone probably isn't even launching now (if it ever launches) tbh. One of the reasons I dislike evan blass is that he give suggestive opinions and never says anything specific like onleaks yet picks offense when things go wrong. Now he just brought this up at thesame time told us it had nothing to do with what HTC is launching next week and at thesame time called the phone htc ocean imagined meaning that the phone could as well not even exist. Then why bring it up in the first place? Reminds me of his wrong prediction bout the M9 in 2015 tbh. Such an ill tempered douch tbh

20. aegislash

Posts: 1437; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

This is actually really awesome. I mean, like others have said, it seems a bit stupid when you could just use the touch screen to swipe and all that, but at least HTC is trying something new. No matter how gimmicky it might seem, it;s always great to see a company take a risk with tech we haven't seen yet. Now, my one issue....when they showed the rear of the device, you can clearly see a horizontal antenna line along the top. I get that HTC started this trend and all, but...it's been their design language for almost four years now. Surely we're at the point where tech has evolved enough to allow signal to flow through aluminum without the need for those antenna lines?

21. Bankz

Posts: 2478; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No dual camera, no ff speaker, antenna lines, 6", no curved display, same ol same ol.. Smh

24. GadgetGuy

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

For smartphone with edge screen, this is the best way to use it. The ability to run app in minimal move.

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