HTC's next-generation flagship has been pictured early for the first time. Nicknamed "Ocean," the device looks similar to the recently-released U Ultra. However, one reliable tipster promises it will offer a touch-sensitive frame and more exciting features and specifications.

At first glance, you would struggle to tell the difference between the Ocean and the U Ultra — they're that similar. Both have shiny glass designs with an almost identical shape, home buttons that sit beneath the display, and physical buttons for power and volume on their right side. However, there are some noticeable differences between the two.

Unlike the U Ultra, the Ocean doesn't appear to have a secondary display for shortcuts and notifications. It also has a circular rear-facing camera lens, whereas the U Ultra's is a rounded square. There are some big differences internally, too, according to reliable leaker Evan Blass, who has previously promised Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor and up to 128GB of internal storage.

It is also believed that the Ocean will launch with HTC's next-generation Sense 9 interface, and a touch-sensitive frame that will allow users to interact with the device simply by touching its edges. It's thought the frame will allow for customizable actions that you'll be able to activate either by swiping a finger along the frame, or by squeezing it.

The Ocean will reportedly be named the HTC U when it makes its official debut, and other specifications could include a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a microSD card slot, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 7.1 Nougat pre-installed. Blass expects the device to make its official debut in mid- to late April, followed by a launch in early May.