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

The HTC U resembles the U Ultra, but it's smaller and more powerful, and does not sport a secondary display...
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25. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Thanks... Didn't even notice that.

30. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Even apple which is traditionally last to incoperate new features are hopping on the bezeless train ffs.. Lets face it, its not like this phone is going to have any mindblowing features. Htc needs to do the honorable thing like MS and exit the mobile space now.

34. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But that is still just rumors with apple.

70. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

"If I here someone bitching about f**king bezels one more time..." blablabla. You Can't do Nothing. We talk about bezel less and Curved Screen since the S6 Edge, (2years ago), and then, last Year, we see the S7 edge, Xiaomi mi Mix, Mate 9 porshe edition etc.. HTC and Apple have poor Use of space and people talk about that since the S6 Edge too..

10. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Is this really the occean????????

12. htcisthebest

Posts: 435; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I would say yes because it's coming from none other than the almost always right Evan Blass.

16. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

HTC - Help this company

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Please come with a headphone jack with it. It's either this or the XZ Premium. Bring it on.

19. renan_batista2

Posts: 21; Member since: May 11, 2013

Its a shame HTC is not the king of smartphones designs anymore like in the past when they released the M7. I still think that its worth waiting for One plus flagship. They made the best phone in 2016 hands-down.

22. TechGirl90 unregistered

Am I the only one who doesn't care if a device has big bezels?? Why are some of us so superficial with our devices? Jewelry or Cufflinks I can understand, but this is a Smartphone, designed to be used for more than calling and texting. Browsing the Web, Playing Video Games, Reading, Taking Pictures, Capturing Video, not to look hazardous by having barely any bezel left to take most of the impact if the device were to fall. I know some of you want your Smartphone to look like something from the Future, but Design, Ergonomics, and overall Usability shouldn't be compromised. That's just how I see it.

27. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

@techgirl90 no you're not the only one. Bezels are needed to cram extra components and protect the phone from potential damages. Those who are crying for slim bezels are doing so for bragging rights only.

31. TechGirl90 unregistered

"Those who are crying for slim bezels are doing so for bragging rights only." I wish I could give you 100 points up for that statement alone, because it's the sad truth.

35. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That is not true. Some people just like no bezels, what wrong with that. I for one am not crazy about no bezels but after playing with the s8+ I can live with it. I think I am still going to wait for the note 8 though.

40. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What extra components are you talking about? Last time I checked, Samsung and LG both manage to offer more hardware features than HTC phones, and in more compact bodies.

41. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

@maherk do they offer front facing speakers? Finger print scanner on the front? Selfie camera with OIS (world's first)? High quality audio DAC? These features alone needs extra space to be installed. Last time I checked LG needed to sacrifice the notification light to achieve the slim bezels. A FRIKKIN' NOTIFICATION LIGHT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. If these companies needs to remove essential features just to reduce the bezels then screw the bezels, give me my notification light and headphone jack.

44. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You mean front facing SPEAKER? That's funny, because EVERY phone on the market has that speaker you're bragging about, it can be activated to act like a loud speaker with a software, so no extra space it needs if you think about it. Let's see what Samsung flagships offer in a more compact body: Bigger sensor Bigger battery Wireless charging Headphone jack Bigger screen Iris scanner MST for Samsung pay And they kept the notification light, had to mention it since you talked about it. And hey, both the S7/S7 Edge and HTC 10 had front facing fingerprint scanner, and still they had smaller bezels. I could destroy this argument if I compared the HTC U Ultra and the S8+, but I don't think there is a need to do that.

46. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

@maherk come on Maher you can't seriously compare some software tweak made by a developer somewhere to a fully functional hardware like HTC phones, Motorola Nexus 6,and the Axon 7. And I'm not talking about slim bezels within acceptable range, I'm talking about the extremely thin bezels like the S8, G6, Xiaomi Mi Mix, and Japan exclusive Sharp phones. They have to sacrifice some features to achieve these levels. And yes I agree with you about the U Ultra, It's the worst design ever made by HTC. Nothing is right about that phone. From the useless extra space that they can cram in more tech inside it, to the removal of the headphone jack, to the small size battery, and so on (sorry I pulled a Techie here).

72. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

"They have to sacrifice some features to achieve these levels" What is the Features which is sacrifice on the S8 that you can find in the S7 edge ? Nothing. HTC have big bezel but no Ip68 and the latest HTC have no Jack. You talk about Dac, but Even the LGV20 which have Quad dac have smaller bezel than HTC Devices.

45. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

@Plasticsh1t You have some valid concerns. But gradually all these problems will be sorted out. Finger print scanner in front will be embedded in screen as early as iPhone 8 in September. Just give it some time.

43. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I do not think there is enough evidence to prove that a bezel less phone is prone to damages more than mobile with bezel. As technology advances, manufacturer will develop stronger screens to protect bezel less phone. Secondly most of the people already uses good protection to protect their smartphone. So bezel less mobile are not about bragging right, it is the way technology evolves.

63. Guaire

Posts: 870; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

@Plasticsh1t "Bezels are needed to cram extra components" No. Bezels mostly are waste of space. Only inevitable exception is front camera for now. Othan than that displays has very thin profiles; especially OLEDs. Look at Xiaomi Mi Mix vs S8+ vs iPhone Plus for example; what the iPhone Plus has crammed inside the Mix and the S8+ has not? The Mix is fragile because its whole body made of super fragile ceramic and its display is LCD which means fragile. "protect the phone from potential damages" Depends. I don't think flexible OLEDs does need it. Those display panels survives, their glass covers breaks. Fragile glass cover itself is edge to edge anyway, even at the bezel champion iPhones. "Those who are crying for slim bezels are doing so for bragging rights only." Today smartphones are most widely used web browsing devices and most widely used cameras both. Market demands larger displays. Slim bezels makes possible larger displays while avoiding making too big phones.

32. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

While i understand you, its only normal for the human to be endeared by what is attractive to the eyes. I mean, its not like theres a phone out there that can do more than a galaxy s8. So its only normal to want the most beautiful and most powerful piece of smartphone out there. I mean, its not like samsung are sacrifisng anything here (lets face it, we know you're most probably refering to the s8 here).

36. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

S8 - LG G6 - Xiaomi Mi Mix and so on. Durability will be sacrificed greatly.

37. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

It's not about the looks. It's about getting a big screen in a not so big device. I want a big screen but I don't want my device to be bigger in size. The small bezels look cool but that is not the deciding factor for me..

47. aegislash

Posts: 1465; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I get what you're saying, but you have to consider the fact that a smartphone is something we carry with us nearly all the time. Something we're constantly taking out of our pockets for the world to see. Obviously, if you use a case, it's different...but a lot of people see their phone as a piece of jewelry, and want it to look as stylish as it is functional. Ergonomics and overall usability are all subjective and vary based on the user. What doesn't work for someone, make work perfectly for someone else.

48. aegislash

Posts: 1465; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

**may work

62. fyah_king unregistered

Phone looks better with minimal bezels. Would you date a fat slob or a nice slim muscular guy?

71. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

"I know some of you want your Smartphone to look like something from the Future, but Design, Ergonomics, and overall Usability shouldn't be compromised." Yeah but the size and the ergonomy of S8 or a LG G6 is better than HTC devices, and much easier to hold and used with one hand. Look at the HTC U Ultra, 5'5inch Display +2.03 second Display, but with those big bezels, it's bigger than all devices in the market which have à 5'5 Display. Also bigger than a Huawei Mate 6 which packs 6 inch Display and the LGV20 (5,7 Display) . Common man, These HTC bezels are sh*t.

26. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

HTC pays a lot to its designers,just get me in i do the job for the half of it and you will make hell of a profit.

28. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

@Lenny86 care to share with us some of your designs?
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