In a recent article we had updated you on the HTC U, codenamed Ocean, a flagship device by the struggling Taiwanese OEM. The leak affirmed that HTC decided to radically alter the way one can interact with a smartphone. Confirming the presence of touch sensitive sensors on the frame of the phone that allow the user to access various functions by simply performing gestures and actions on the frame rather than on the display.

Now it seems Android Headlines and Slashgear have both provided massive new leaks with respect to what the HTC U will be. The first drop of information is courtesy Slashgear who have gotten access leaked renders of the device as you can see below,

The HTC U a.k.a. Ocean
The alleged HTC U, codenamed Ocean

As you can notice the flanks are bereft of any buttons like on most smartphones, this might be a creative license or the company simply dispensed of them in lieu of the touch sensors.

Moving onto more pressing matters, Android Headlines has come across a treasure trove of material that should interest anyone looking towards the phone’s reveal. It is believed that the users can squeeze on the edges of the device to manipulate certain features. A short squeeze will enable gestures when the smartphone is in a sleep state with the display turned off. Users can also enable these gestures via a long squeeze and if both these input methods are indeed set-up appropriately it is possible to have a gesture for expansion of functionality. With these touch sensors and gestures it is easy to manipulate the device with a single-hand and to pull up applications like the camera, launch Google Assistant, access the HTC Sense Companion and doing finer operations like switching on or off the Wi-Fi Hotspot. A user can also calibrate the sensitivity of the grip to their personal preference. This is ideally to reduces the chances of a mis-trigger when holding the device.

HTC U Edge Sense
HTC U Edge Sense calibration

Continuing on, the article talks about the HTC U’s camera, which as was already speculated are being provided by SONY. The camera should come with features like advanced HDR settings, such as HDR+ which would update how a scene would look post-processing directly on the viewfinder before taking the picture.  Due to the device featuring four microphones for audio recording there are two audio recording modes featured, called 3D Audio and Hi-Res (resolution) respectively. The former is the default recording mode and will try to create a 3D surround sound in the recordings while the latter focusses on recording lossless audio which will mean lesser degradation in the quality of audio whilst recording. The device also offers Smart Video Zoom which has not been detailed. No further details have been provided about these cameras save that both are built around the Ultrapixel technology that the company had pioneered with the original HTC One M7.

HTC U microphones
The various microphones on the HTC U
The HTC U features the company’s distinctive BoomSound technology for amping up the quality of audio-output via its dual speakers. Though unfortunately the company has chosen to forsake the 3.5mm audio jack and one must use an adapter via the USB Type-C port to plug in your favourite wired paired of audio peripherals. HTC is also bringing another feature called the HTC USonic, which allows a user to configure the sound profile of the device to their tastes. This is achieved by using the provided in-package earphones via USB Type-C connector and then starting HTC USonic to detect their unique ear canal to personalise their audio set-up, the process is not supposed to take more than a few seconds. This technology can even be used to balance the various ambient noises around the user so that in-case they enter a more crowded or noisy environment, instead of raising the volume, one simply changes the profile to achieve the best possible aurual experience without damaging one’s hearing.
Finally when it comes to the hardware of the HTC U, it was recently leaked that it would be featuring Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 while also running on the latest flavour of Android, v.7.1, Nougat under the Sense UI skin. The device will come with 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM coupled with 64 GB and 128 GB of internal storage respectively. The battery is a 3000mAh Li-Ion pack with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard. The device will come with a 5.5-inch QHD 1440 x2560 resolution IPS display clad under a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. The home button in the chin bezel houses a fingerprint-scanner. With leaks of such magnitude repeatedly, it is expected that HTC would be revealing the device soon.
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  • Aaron S.

    It was reported elsewhere that this leak was Photoshop’ed.