When the HTC Ocean surfaced online last week, it was brushed off as a concept device dreamed up by one of the company’s designers. However, a new leak suggests the Taiwanese phone maker could actually be prepping a trio of Ocean devices.
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 21, 2016
The news comes from Twitter tipster LlabTooFeR, who’s been a reliable source for HTC leaks in the past. It sounds like the company is working on three distinct Ocean devices called the Ocean Master, Ocean Note and Ocean Smart. The Note would presumably offer a bigger screen, while the Master could pack in some extra features and the Smart might serve as the baseline model.
We still don’t know much about the devices, though the original concept video focused on one key feature. HTC’s Ocean could include a touch-sensitive frame, making it possible to control the software by sliding your hands along the side of the phone. For example, swiping the right edge of the handset could launch Google’s voice controls, change the volume or control the camera depending on which app you’re using.
That all sounds pretty cool, but we wouldn’t get too excited just yet. There still isn’t a lot of hard evidence to go on, and we’re not expecting HTC to announce any new flagship phones in the near future. The company is working with Google to manufacture its upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, but it’s possible we could see the Ocean lineup arrive sometime next year.