Exactly one year and one day ago today, a slip up by a designer at HTC essentially gave us a hardware roadmap for the company. In that and subsequent leaks, we learned about the “Ocean” line of devices, consisting of the Ocean, Ocean Note, Ocean Smart, and Ocean Master. From what we now know, the Ocean is the U11, the Ocean Note turned into the HTC U Ultra, the Ocean Smart hasn’t yet seen daylight, and the latest report details what we should expect from an upcoming Ocean Master later this year.
According to Frandroid, the Ocean Master is coming this year, featuring a “borderless” design. This report is translated from French, so our assumption is that borderless might mean bezel-less. Regardless of a translation, the report goes on to detail “edge-to-edge,” similar to what we’ve seen already from Samsung and LG.
A sweet looking display isn’t the only thing the Ocean Master will offer, though. Other highlightable specs include a Snapdragon 835 processor, IP68 water resistance, Edge Sense, and more.
- 5.99″ Quad HD+ display (18:9 aspect ratio, 2880 x 1440 pixels)
- Snapdragon 835
- 4 or 6 GB RAM
- 64 or 128GB
- IP68 water and dust resistance
- 12MP rear-facing camera
- 8MP front-facing camera
- QuickCharge 3.0, 18 Watt Battery
- Edge Sense
- U-Type USB Headphones
The report claims this device is called the U11 Plus, which makes sense. Plenty could argue that this phone sounds just like a U11 in a larger package, but that edge-to-edge design really has us interested. One of the drawbacks for the U11, at least in my eyes, is the dedicated home button/fingerprint reader flanked by capacitive buttons. Ditch those, stick a fingerprint reader on the backside, and you have my attention.
According to Frandroid, we’ll see this device announced in November.
Are you interested?
// Frandroid (French)