HTC U featuring Edge Sense

While the current flavour of the day is definitely coloured with Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, HTC, the beleaguered Taiwanese company had a quite important leak which might be the next big thing in the world of smartphones. The leak pertains to the upcoming HTC U, codenamed Ocean which will debut in the later-half of April.

This is according to a source close to the company. It is said that HTC is working on implementing a unique interaction and input system into the upcoming device, which was once being considered to be strictly a conceptual design. Now this device, codenamed Ocean, allegedly the HTC U will be a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 pixel display toting smartphone running on Android’s latest flavour, v7.x Nougat. This would make it the third handset to be revealed in the U line-up, following in the footsteps of the HTC U Play and U Ultra which were unveiled in January of this year.

Noted insider @evleaks had tweeted these features last year and it seems that HTC is indeed moving in this direction

From recent leaks, it has been confirmed that the device is powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory which can be augmented via microSD card. The U will be running the in-house HTC skin over Android, the Sense 9 UI. The wow factor though lies not in these specifications but rather in the metal framed chassis. Which will feature Edge Sense, which makes the entire frame a touch-sensitive input device. Thus enabling the user to perform various gestures on the frame itself to rather than on display.

Apart from this, the smartphone features the same megapixel count cameras as the HTC U Ultra, but has different sensors on board. The rear camera is a 12-megapixel affair with selfie duties being handled by a 16-megapixel sensor up-front. Both these sensors are speculated to be from SONY.

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