HTC Could Unveil Its Next Smartphone 'U' On May 16

20 April 2017, 9:58 pm EDT By Anu Passary Tech Times
HTC has confirmed that it will unveil its flagship dubbed HTC U on May 16, in Taipei, London, and New York. A teaser was released along with the announcement which confirmed the incorporation of HTC Sense in the flagship.  ( HTC | Twitter )

HTC has announced that it will unveil its flagship smartphone — likely to be called HTC U — next month.

Codenamed the "Ocean," the impending HTC smartphone has been subjected to several leaks in the past, which also includes the leak of its promo in January.

Taiwan-based OEM has officially confirmed that it would showcase its flagship on May 16.

HTC U Launch Details

HTC took to Twitter to post a five-second long teaser, which also permitted people to take a peek at its upcoming flagship. The teaser was accompanied by a tagline stating, "Squeeze for the Brilliant U."

HTC will be unveiling its flagship on May 16 at Taipei, New York, and London, according to local time. The livestream time for the launch will be 2 a.m. ET or 11 p.m. PT (May 15).

The teaser video other than revealing the launch date, time, and location of the flagship also affirmed previous rumors of HTC Sense making its way to the handset.

Older rumors suggest that the HTC U will likely come with a pressure-sensitive or squeezable frame around it. The frame will allow the users to squeeze the smartphone to trigger specific functions such as taking a photo or launching an app.

It has also been hinted that the HTC Sense will require a short squeeze to launch one action and a longer one to start another. Users can customize which apps or functions HTC Sense will launch according to their needs. The feature falls in line with the recently-launched HTC U teaser tagline, which asks the user to "Squeeze" for brilliant functioning.

HTC U: Rumored Specs

Noted tipster Evan Blass earlier stated that the HTC flagship may come with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor. He also shared that the smartphone could get a May launch, which the company has now affirmed.

Rumors also point to the HTC U sporting a 5.5-inch Quad HD display. The mobile phone may come in two storage variants — 64 GB and 128 GB. Speculations are rife that the upcoming handset may house 4 GB of RAM. The alleged HTC U could likely feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 16-megapixel front-facing snapper.

The rear camera may be equipped with an IMX362 Sony sensor, while the selfie camera may sport a IMX351 sensor. It is rumored that the HTC U may ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with HTC's Sense 9 UI on top.

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