HTC U (Ocean) With Sense 9, Touch-Sensitive Frame Launching April

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Just hours before the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch, more details have come forth about its fierce rival: the HTC U. Codenamed ‘Ocean,’ the rumored device is said to turn a novel input method that was once a mere concept design into its very own technological centerpiece.

According to notorious tipster Evan Blass, the company specifically plans to incorporate the input method called Edge Sense. Located on the device’s frame, this utilizes embedded sensors to allow users to control different actions through touch gestures.

For instance, you can just simply slide your finger along the phone’s edge to raise or lower volume instead of clicking physical buttons. Or, maybe, double squeeze the edge to control playback instead of going through your phone to play and stop the music. At this point, there isn’t much known about the technology, but the possibilities are very exciting.

Apart from the “touch-sensitive frame,” Blass details in a VentureBeat article that the handset will also be launched with HTC’s Sense 9 skin on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. Camera-wise, the HTC U will feature cameras similar to the U Ultra, although the company will reportedly use a newer Sony version, “utilizing a 12-megapixel IMX362 around back and 16-megapixel IMX351 up front.”

Captured media should be stored to either internal storage (64GB or 128GB) or a microSD card. Other expected specifications include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset and a 5.5-inch WQHD display.

HTC U Ocean Release

While reports indicate that the HTC U “Ocean” will be the company’s flagship device, it will be the third handset in the U series to be released this year. Ubergizmo recalls the company already debuted to two new phones earlier this year in the form of the HTC U Ultra and U Play handsets. The site says the specs included in both models were decent for high-end and mid-rangers, but their features and designs weren’t as groundbreaking as other devices.


That should change if the latest HTC “Ocean” rumor is anything to go by. The new phone is due next month with a global retail release a month after, in early May. However, with reports claiming the delay in Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 production is seemingly affecting the Galaxy S8, the HTC flagship may also feel some ripple effect along the way to its general availability.

Whatever the case, we’ll be sure to keep you in the light. In the meantime, let us know what your expectations are on the upcoming HTC device. Sound off in the comments section below!

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs HTC U Ultra

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