HTC is widely anticipated to launch its third smartphone in the U-lineup after HTC U Ultra and U Play. As rumors suggest, the upcoming smartphone, codenamed Ocean will simply be called HTC U. We already know a lot about the upcoming smartphone courtesy of numerous leaks and benchmark listings. Now, leakster Evan Blass, has shared what seems like the first renders of the HTC U. Also Read - HTC Desire 20+ launched with 48-megapixel quad rear camera setupAlso Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite smartphone design leaks online
Going by the renders, the HTC U looks a lot like the U Ultra, and is seen featuring an all-glass body. However, this new image is different from what we have seen before. It also contradicts previous rumors about the HTC U featuring a bezel-less display. Also seen is the camera module and LED flash at the back, a fingerprint sensor embedded below the display up front, and the volume rocker and power button on the sides.
Apart from this, tipster @LlabTooFeR has also revealed that the HTC U will carry an IP57 rating for water and dust resistance, wherein the phone can be submerged under water up to one meter for 30 minutes. The leak also suggests that the upcoming smartphone will come without a 3.5mm audio jack.
In line with previous leaks, the metallic frame of the HTC U will be embedded with sensors. Called Edge Sense , the frame-embedded sensors will allow users to perform various functions with simple gestures like squeezing or swiping along its left and right sides. The gestures can be customized to perform different functions. Apart from that, the smartphone is also expected to ship with Android Nougat-based Sense 9 out-of-the-box.
HTC U specifications, features
From what we know so far, leaks suggest that HTC U will come with a 5.5-inch QHD resolution display. According to the benchmark site AnTuTu, the HTC U aka Ocean is likely to be powered by Qualcomm s latest Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core processor, along with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Further the smartphone will also be equipped with a 16-megapixel camera at the rear, and a 12-megapixel selfie-snapper up front. In comparison, the HTC U Ultra and U Play both were launched with last year s Snapdragon 821 and MediaTek Helio P10 chipset respectively. ALSO READ: HTC U renders leaked showing dark red variant; here s what we know so far
Talking about the pricing, going by HTC’s history, the HTC U will no doubt be heavy on one’s pockets. The premium smartphone will compete against other flagship smartphones like the LG G6, and the new Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones. Per reports, the HTC U will be unveiled sometime soon, with sales expected to start in the month of May.