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

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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.

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posted on 20 Apr 2017, 02:36 3

1. Kaloyan.C (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


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

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 02:37

2. amiroomg (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


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

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 02:41

3. Hyperreal (Posts: 318; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


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

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 02:41

4. killer7D (Posts: 426; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


Cant wait to see the htc U :)

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 03:00 1

5. Mr.mobile (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Mar 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

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 03:27

6. NoAllegiance (Posts: 383; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)


$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.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 03:31 3

7. notfair (Posts: 164; Member since: 30 Jan 2017)


Dream on

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 03:31

8. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2063; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


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

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 03:55 1

11. Xperia14 (Posts: 913; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Just speculation.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 07:06

18. PryvateiDz (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


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

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 03:32

9. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2063; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


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

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 03:58

12. Xperia14 (Posts: 913; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


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

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 04:18

13. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2063; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


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

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 03:36 1

10. A_A_A (Posts: 78; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


And no 3.5 mm jack...

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 04:48

14. duuul (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Apr 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?

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 05:41

15. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2063; Member since: 01 Sep 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.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 06:36

17. Hyperreal (Posts: 318; Member since: 08 Oct 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.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 07:08

19. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2063; Member since: 01 Sep 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.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 06:15

16. Suo.Eno (Posts: 524; Member since: 17 Feb 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...

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 11:10

20. omnitech (Posts: 869; Member since: 28 Sep 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.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 16:28

23. killer7D (Posts: 426; Member since: 18 Sep 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) !!

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 21:32

24. omnitech (Posts: 869; Member since: 28 Sep 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.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 15:52 1

21. shamataa (Posts: 240; Member since: 07 Dec 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.

posted on 20 Apr 2017, 16:25

22. killer7D (Posts: 426; Member since: 18 Sep 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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