Although HTC’s talented mobile team has been acquired by Google, the Taiwanese company said it’s still committed to creating new devices—and one could arrive by the end of this year.
According to Frandroid, HTC is working on a new flagship that’ll compete with the very best out there. The device, codenamed Ocean Master, will reportedly feature a bezel-less design and the latest specs available, making it comparable to handsets like the Galaxy S8 and LG V30.
Alleged specs will include a 5.99-inch QHD+ display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 or 6GB of RAM, IP68 water and dust resistance, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and support for QuickCharge 3.0. But that’s not all.
The Ocean Master name refers to a family of devices that also includes the HTC U Ultra and HTC U11. Supposedly Ocean Master will be marketed as the HTC U11 Plus, which makes sense because the device is said to feature HTC’s Edge Sense technology. Incidentally, Google’s rumored Pixel devices are also said to feature similar edge-sensing features.
If the HTC U11 Plus indeed exists, and is set for a release later this year, it could be a late challenger to live in your pocket. The U11 that’s available right now features some really cool ideas and an absolutely fantastic camera. Add a beautiful edge-to-edge display into the equation and you have a pretty tantalizing prospect.
HTC will have to announce the device soon if it does intend on releasing it this year. It’s almost October, which means the company doesn’t have much longer to announce, ship, and market the device before the busy holiday period.
The report claims HTC is gearing up to introduce the U11 Plus in November.