HTC U, With Fancy Edge Gesture Tech, Set for April Unveiling

Although it has been rumored that the device will be named the HTC 11, trustworthy leaker Evan Blass gave us some new insight into the HTC's this year's flagship, and it seems that this name is out of the game. And it will run Android Nougat 7.1 with HTC's Sense 9.

Another report coming from HTC Source claims that HTC will soon begin testing its 2017 flagship smartphone on the US network Verizon. Now best known by its codename, Ocean, the 5.5-inch, WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution device is said to be hitting retail as simply the HTC U. According to this report, the feature will be called "Edge Sense" and will allow the user to touch the sides of the device to do different actions, and perhaps the most interesting part of this is that they will be customizable. Following up on the video Blass leaked previous year, the 5.5-inch, quad HD handset will reportedly feature a button-less design that relies on gestures to navigate and control things on screen. Both models will still be equipped with a microSD card slot. And while its cameras mirror the resolution found on the U Ultra, at least one of the latter's Sony-built sensors will be swapped out for a newer version. If Blass is to be believed, the Ocean will be unveiled as the HTC U. As you may know, the company has already released the HTC U Ultra and U Play, which makes the upcoming HTC U the third variant in the U series. Its rear camera will reportedly be a 12-megapixel shooter with a Sony IMX362 sensor, and the front-facing camera will be a 16-megapixel IMX351 camera.

Like all leaks without official wording, it's best to take this news with healthy skepticism but given Blass' record and specificity, we wouldn't be surprised if we see more of the HTC U in mid-to-late April, when the phone is expected to unveil itself.

  • Carolyn Briggs