The HTC U (Ocean) will be unveiled on May 16, check out the official invitation and a teaser video

It appears that HTC has pretty much given up on subtlety at this point. We've just received an invitation to an event, which, unless the company is for some reason pulling the ol' bait-and-switch, will surely be dedicated to the unveiling of the much-rumored HTC U (Ocean) flagship.

Let's look at the clues: first off, there's the tagline, "Squeeze for the brilliant", which is... an interesting choice to say the least. It's accompanied by the letter U as seen on the U Ultra and U Play's branding materials, but here it's also squished from the sides to further get the point across.

If you have no idea what we're talking about, here's a refresher: the HTC U will feature what is probably the first instance of capacitive edge sensors on a smartphone, which will detect user grip and gestures. The feature will be used in a variety of situations, such as simulating a dedicated camera button (when in the camera app, just tap on the device's edge to snap a photo,) or pulling up a convenient app launcher, à la Samsung's Edge UX, when sqeezing the device.

HTC also teased the event on its Twitter account, where we can take a better look at the device itself in a short video:

If that wasn't enough, there's always that other video, as leaked by Evan Blass all the way back in January, as well as the more recent set of photos. The HTC U will be unveiled on May 16, which almost a month from now – another interesting choice. The event will take place at 2 pm Taipei time, which translates to 2 am New York time, and 7 am London time, so expect to be seeing a lot of drowsy Western tech journalists.

source: HTC

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24.5h 3G talk time)



1. Kaloyan.C

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Also, the invitation's filename is "Ocean_Teaser_Save-the-date_0420.jpg". Subtlety!

2. amiroomg

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

No button perfect..beautifull like come back to race with this superb phone.

3. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I hope it doesn't look like in the leaked photo.

4. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Cant wait to see the htc U :)


Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Ok here are the specs according to me far htc U -5"5inch super HD amoled display 3D Corning Gorilla glass 5,1080p screen resolution -SD835 64GB 4GB DDR4 RAM -12MP dual rear camera with leaser auto focus ois -Front 8MP with flash and ois -USB-C -3 sterio speakers setup 1 at ear peice 2 at bottom 100db sound 3800mah battery quick charge 4.0 support 0-100% in 50 mintues -Full metal unibody CNC machine finish -Ip68 water and dust resistance Price $600

6. NoAllegiance unregistered

$600 price is kind of wishful thinking, HTC 10 and Ultra is $700/750, unless it through a carrier or promotional discount then perhaps that's possible.

7. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Dream on

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Where did you get your information? Or this is just your speculation?

11. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Just speculation.

18. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Is this what you want, or this is the gathered information from reports?

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

16-5? This is way too long. I want to see U HTC.

12. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Well, it's better to wait for the SD835 at this point.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

How is your LG G6? Could you list pros and cons if you don't mind?

10. A_A_A

Posts: 225; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

And no 3.5 mm jack...

14. duuul

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 20, 2017

Why is 3.5 jack is so big deal? You will charge your phone and listen a music? I really don't understand why is that deal breaker... package includes best earphones you need with USB C port... could someone explain to me?

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

HTC usually includes a high quality audio audio DAC within their flagship phones that needs a 3.5 mm headphone jack to work properly (I don't know if it's applicable also to USB C port). Add to that for myself I buy high quality audiophile grade headphones which is useless without the audio jack to get its full potential.

17. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

It doesnt work like that. You need DAC to convert from digital signal to analog. USB C/headphone jack makes no difference as far as I know. Your headphones will work exactly the same way as they used to. You just need an adapter from usb c to jack. The problem is that you are limited to one port but to be honest included HTC headphones are great (included in the box) and recently i use spotify conect to play music so it doesnt need a wire and I will not miss headphone jack as much as i thought at the begining.

19. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I got the hi res earphones included with my htc 10 and they sound great in combination with the high quality audio DAC and boom sound equalizer. Spotify is not available in my country so that's a bummer. I forgot to include that my car doesn't have Bluetooth so I rely solely on auxiliary port to enjoy my music.

16. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

All I care about is the batt size and going by HTC's track record let's just say that I'm not reserving a quarter lung of breath for...

20. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

No buttons is cool but I am not sure I would use squeezing as a gesture. Should be all swipes and taps. The only ones that work naturally and quickly were Double Tap to wake from LG Four finger recent apps swipe from Apple for iPads Swipe up, I believe it was, to wake from HTC The LG knock code thing sounds nice in theory as well but I never actually tried it. Let's see if HTC can do better than Blackberry's black gesture bar thing. There's potential. Too bad HTC has the worst quality control ever and will probably screw it up lol. They will probably waste a lot of space too.

23. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

how can you say the worst Quality Control????? Do you mean in the Design Stage or Manufacturing Stage?? If you tell me Manufacturing stage then i dont think that you have owned a single htc Flagship so dont judge their Quality if you know nothing.. You can not judge a quality control of a company through their Entry Level products (80-100 Dollars Phones) !!

24. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I owned too many HTC devices to count. Worst QC by far. HTC One X infinity display popped out of the corner and couldn't received notifications for 3 months until finally had an update. Huge gap on the sim tray slot. Went through 3 and still couldn't get a perfect one. HTC 8x dust under the display. Loose vo,use rocker. Replacement also loose and rattling volume rocker. HTC M7 capacitive buttons didn't work. Gaps everywhere. HTC M8 super loose volume rocker. HTC M9 over heating like a mother F'er. Not a single perfect device so I gave up. Pixel loose volume rocker. All my Samsung and Apple and LG and Sony devices have been perfect. Only Google and HTC I had to return.

21. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

why you people think HTC can come back is beyond me. They keep messing up in so many areas especially when it comes to the price point alone. They had their chance with your last phone which is so over priced so this phone will be different and will not save them.

22. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

If you are talking about the htc UUltra then the price was dropped substantially to $ 599 at least in the U.S. and my country I dont see this price very high for such a phone... Remember: htc is not Huawei/Xiaomi

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