The above header image is from an accidental spill of information that took place in September, 2016. Now, after what feels like forever, more information has come forth regarding the phone codenamed Ocean, aka HTC U.
As reported on VentureBeat, the HTC U is the device it would seem many HTC fans and Android fans in general have been waiting for. It is said to feature a 5.5″ QHD display and Snapdragon 835 processor, but beyond specs, the company is reported to have worked in a new gesture technology specifically for the U’s metallic frame. If you recall the previous reports, then yes, this is the HTC phone you’ve been waiting for.
Said to be known as Edge Sense, users can do a variety of things using sensors built into the phone’s frame. As an example, instead of clicking on physical buttons to raise or lower volume, you simply slide your finger along the phone’s edge. Or, maybe, instead of a press on your display to start and stop music, how about a double squeeze or tap of the edge to control playback? At this time, there is not much concrete information as to what users can do with Edge Sense, but the possibilities are very exciting.
According to the report, HTC will unveil the U in April, with launch scheduled for May. As we learn more, we’ll be sure to keep you in the light.
While you won’t hear us praise the HTC U Ultra too much, we hope to be singing a very different tune for the HTC U.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 8, 2017