HTC revealed on Twitter the phone is headed for a May 16 launch. The company invites fans to “Squeeze in for the Brilliant U” which accompanied by the visual support, represents a blatant reference to the Edge Sense pressure-sensitive technology which will place sensors around the phone’s frame to control various customizable actions with gestures such as squeezing or swiping along its left and right sides.
— HTC UK (@HTC_UK) April 20, 2017
HTC’s video teaser on Twitter hints the flagship might come with a screen that takes up the entire front of the device, although a recently leaked press render showed the device boasting a physical home button just like the new Xiaomi Mi 6.
Other rumored specifications of the HTC U Ocean include a 5.5-inch display with 1400 x 2560 resolution, a main 12-megapixel Ultrapixel camera and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The phone might feature 4GB/6GB of RAM onboard + 64GB/128GB of built-in storage and Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the company’s own Sense 9 UI on top.
Word on the street would also have us believe the product will lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, while water resistance appears to be in the cards. Like in the case of the HTC U Ultra, the “brilliant” U will probably also take advantage of the Sense Companion, the company’s own attempt at AI-driven helper technology.