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New HTC U (Ocean) Image Surfaces Online

After spilling the beans on the spec-sheet of HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone, leakster Evan Blass has shared a new image of the device, revealing its “touch-sensitive frame”.

The image posted by Blass reveals a glossy finish, which doesn’t really scream premium, at least to our eyes. It looks a little like the U Ultra, but with more rounded edges and a different rear camera layout. The front is quite similar, with a physical home button below the main display, although there is no secondary display on top of the main display.

As revealed in a VentureBeat report published late last month, the HTC U (codenamed Ocean) will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC, the same chip that powers the North American variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In terms of storage, the HTC U will be available in two variants – 64GB and 128GB. Both variants will include a microSD card slow to allow users to expand the storage further by up to 2TB.

The key highlight of the HTC U will be a touch-sensitive frame, which means users will be able to interact with the UI using gestures such as squeezing or swiping the left and right sides of the handset. In the camera department, the HTC U is going to be equipped with a 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor at the back and a 16MP IMX351 sensor on the front. The display on the HTC U will measure 5.5-inches diagonally, boasting 1440 x 2560 Quad HD resolution.

The HTC U is tipped to be made official sometime later this month, with global sales expected to commence next month onwards. We expect the HTC U to be widely available in the US at launch, although it remains to be seen if all major US carriers will sell the device or if it only be available from a select few. The HTC U will be the company’s second flagship smartphone of the year, after the HTC U Ultra.

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