Despite the recent acquisitions by Google of some HTC’s smartphone team, it seems HTC has no plans to stop rolling with their smartphone division, or at least for now. A year ago we reported some code names which were leaked by LlabTooFeR. The HTC Ocean, HTC Ocean Note, the HTC Ocean Smart and the HTC Ocean Master. The Ocean came to fruition in the form of the HTC U11, the Ocean Note became the HTC U Ultra and the Ocean Smart has disappeared entirely. Now according to a (French) report from Frandroid, we may be seeing the HTC Ocean Master, dubbed the HTC U11 Plus, a lot sooner than you may think.
Frandroid has reported a full list of specifications of the new device, citing a source at HTC for the leak. They suggest a November reveal initially in the Chinese market, with a likely release in the west in the future. HTC is reportedly entering the bezel-less market, with the help of an 18:9, 2880×1440 screen (supplied by Japan Design Incorporated) and no headphone jack (again). The full list of the specifications of the HTC Ocean Master (HTC U11 Plus) can be found below.
- 5.99 inch 18:9 2880×1440 LCD Screen
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 4 or 6 GB of RAM
- 64 or 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage
- Waterproof IP68
- 12 megapixel camera on the back
- 8 megapixel camera on the front
- QuickCharge 3.0 18 Watt Rechargeable Battery (9V / 2A)
- Edge Sense
- USB-C Headphones
The “Edge Sense” feature is making a return, even if it largely turned out to be a gimmick (though, luckily, HTC began offering users more customization options). It seems this device is largely built on the successes of HTC’s previous devices, with improvements in some departments, notably their display efforts. The same camera sensor is allegedly the same one found on the HTC U11 as well, which is reassuring knowing how well the U11’s camera performs. It may also seem that the price may be lower this time around, as Frandroid points out that the HTC U11 was regarded as expensive at launch ($650), which HTC was not happy about. The waterproof rating is also great to see, as it means that it has total protection from dust and significant protection against water in depths over 1 meter.
The device is said to be announced at a conference on the 11th of November in China, as an attempt to regain some of the Chinese market. We’ll be keeping an eye out on any more leaks! What do you think so far?