Just because the Galaxy S8 launched last week doesn’t mean that the leaks have dried up. This week, it’s HTC’s turn in the glaring spotlight, with a whole bunch of details leaking on the specifications of the rumored HTC U or Ocean flagship, including things such as Edge Sense and possibly real-time HDR processing. Join us after the break for more details.
The leak comes courtesy of AndroidHeadlines, and if correct, it’s a solid look at HTC’s first true 2017 flagship device, sporting the latest Qualcomm silicon that we think will be unveiled in the next month or so. Let’s deal with the specifications first:
- 5.5-inch QHD with Gorilla Glass 5
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU
- 4GB/6GB RAM (depending on region)
- 64GB/128GB internal storage
- 12MP Rear camera
- 16MP Front camera
- 3,000mAh battery
- Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 AC (2.4GHz & 5GHz)
- Android 7.1 Nougat with Sense Home UI
- Fingerprint reader, Edge Sense
With most brands trying to differentiate their handsets with added features, HTC is apparently including something called Edge Sense with the HTC U. Edge Sense involves the presence of sensors on the sides of the phone, allowing the user to squeeze an edge to perform a function such as possibly launching the camera or Google Assistant. The edges would aid one-handed operation, with different functions being activated depending how many times an edge is squeezed, or maybe how long or short the edge was held in for. The sensors will apparently be able to distinguish between 3 different levels of pressure.
The leak states that the HTC U will sport a 12MP rear camera and a 16MP front camera. The ability to process HDR photos in real-time is said to be included, which means you can see what an HRD+ image would turn out like before you actually take the snap.
According to the leak, HTC is said to be sticking with routing the sound via the USB Type-C port, with the “HTC USonic” software allowing users to make personal audio profiles in just a few seconds. The software may also adjust the sound depending on the external environment and background noise. The handset could have two recording modes, 3D Audio and Hi-Res Recording, made possible by the presence of 4 microphones. 3D Audio is said to be a surround sound effect, with the Hi-Res Recording mode offering a way to record ‘lossless’ audio. Speaking of sound, the HTC U will also feature Multimedia BoomSound and dual-front speakers, as seen on previous handsets.
Finally, HTC U is also believed to sport a function called HTC Sense Link, which will allow the handset to connect to a PC, share notifications, the ability to copy and paste between the two devices, as well as the ability to continue reading something on the PC that you started reading on the handset.
While the leak is in no way confirmed and should be treated with the proverbial hefty pinch of salt, there are no outlandish claims, and spec-wise at least, it’s pretty much what we would expect to see in 2017 flagship device. What do you think of the leaked specifications and features?