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HTC OCEAN: What Does HTC Have In Store For Their Next Flagship?

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First things first, we need to include a disclaimer: all the information below is pure speculation. Everything you are about to read was compiled from other resources around the web. Until HTC makes an official announcement, many things could change before launch.


HTCU11Header.pngCredit: iTech PostHTC is expected to announce their flagship device on May 16th, but what exactly do they have in store for us? Rumors are abound, so while we wait, let’s take a moment and reflect on some of what we know, or rather, what we THINK we know about HTC’s upcoming phone.    



HTC's original code name for their new flagship was 'The Ocean' but according to both DigitalTrends and Pocket Lint, that moniker is being dropped and the official marketing name will most likely be 'HTC U 11'. If this holds true, then this will be the third phone in HTC's 'U' series.



All signs are pointing to full metal unibody design for the HTC U 11. As Pocket Lint reports, the unibody frame confirms that HTC will be sticking with their recent trend of past devices foregoing the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of making the phone IP57 rated water resistant. For those that haven't made the transition to wireless headphones yet, fear not, as with previous HTC phones, a special headphone adapter will be available for use by connecting to the USB Type-C charging port. Other design features include 2 front facing speakers, a capacitive front home button which will also serve as a fingerprint scanner. For those interested in color choices, HTC will reportedly give five different options: black, white, blue, red and silver with the possibility that they will come in a glossy finish.




htc_u1.pngCredit: @evleaksWith this being HTC's flagship, we can expect the phone to come packed with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and Adreno 540 graphics chip. Digital Trends is reporting that the HTC may release the phone in two different memory configurations: One with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM and a second with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. For those wanting even more storage, the HTC U 11 will have expandable memory as well. And what will power all of this? All indications are pointing to HTC going with a 3000mAh battery . It should be noted that since the phone will be IP57 rated, it's a good bet the battery will not be removable.



Much has been debated about the display. Pocket Lint thinks the phone will come with a 5.5 inch LCD display while Venture Beat believes HTC will be going with a WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display. With this being a flagship device, my money's on the WQHD, especially given what Samsung and LG are putting on their flagships currently. Surprisingly though, HTC has decided to stick with the more traditional 16:9 screen ratio. And, as stated earlier, the phone will have minimal bezels and no ‘curved edges’. We are hearing word though, that there may be some sort of second display (think LG V20).



If rumors hold true, the HTC U 11 will come packed with two powerful cameras. The first being a 16 MP front facing camera with a UltraPixel mode and a 12 MP rear camera with 1.55µm pixels and an f/Stop of 1.7. HTC is also said to be including an HDR+ plus mode which would allow the user real time scene detection and HDR processing from within the viewfinder. For those hoping HTC was going to go with a dual camera ala LG G6, they will have to keep waiting as all signs point to a singular camera and flash on the back of the device. Still, the decision to go with a larger megapixel on the front versus the back is interesting and makes me wonder if HTC will be putting greater emphasis towards selfies when the phone is announced.

Software/Misc Features

HTC_Ocean_Sense_Touch.jpgCredit: Android CentralOn the Software side, the HTC U 11 will come with Android 7.1 Nougat as well as HTC Sense 9. Google Assistant will no doubt come loaded on the phone, but word has it HTC is preparing to release their own digital assistant called ‘HTC Sense Companion’. For the audio, HTC is rumored to be including 4 built in microphones which will allow users to record hi-res 3D audio. Similar to other recent HTC phones, ‘Usonic’ will be available, allowing user to create custom audio profiles. Lastly, the phone will include ‘SenseLink’ desktop software which will allow basic connectivity features for notification viewing, read it later functions, and the ability to move content between your phone and PC.



HTC_Ocean_Annoucement.jpgCredit: Android PoliceHTC appears to be pulling out all the stops with the U 11. The phone is shaping up to have some solid hardware to go along with some interesting features. HTC will officially unveil the phone on May 16th, so stay tuned to Buzz About Wireless and i’ll be back with more updates in the future.





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1 Comment
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Each year I wonder what could possibly be next for smartphones, yet I would never have imagined that we would be able to squeeze a phone to initiate actions.  


I'm intrigued!