The HTC 10 earned itself a lot of love from the people who bought one last year — but as best anyone can tell, that wasn’t a whole lot of people. More recently there’s been the Bolt (a Sprint exclusive in the US) and the Google-branded, HTC-made Pixel, but it seems that HTC’s next major smartphone is due soon. Very soon.
As noted by Android Police, leaked images of a device codenamed “Ocean Blue” show off a phone with glass covering both the front and back with an aluminum frame sandwiched in the middle. Gone is the unibody metal style that’s been the hallmark of top-tier HTC smartphones in recent years.
Somewhat surprisingly, there’s a secondary display at the top right, just like on the LG V10/V20. According to the photos, its functionality will include app shortcuts, the weather, and an always-on display mode with the date, time, and a battery indicator. That’s not exactly reinventing the wheel, so hopefully HTC has some other ideas that make the secondary ticker feel worthwhile and less like a hard-to-reach, recycled gimmick.
Around back is a rounded square-shaped camera, which feels very Samsung when combined with the glass — despite HTC having used this design previously on the M9. The hump with this one is... significant.
Up top is the SIM card try and a mic, on the side is a textured power button and volume toggle, and there’s a USB-C port on bottom. Like the Bolt before it, this next HTC device doesn’t feature a headphone jack. It’ll come in at least three colors: black, dark blue, and two others that I’m fairly confident are white and rose gold. But the lighting is pretty bad, so who knows.
HTC today began hyping an announcement scheduled for January 12th at 3AM ET. “It is all about U” is the company’s tagline for the coming reveal, so we might just be looking at the HTC U. Let’s hope there’s more to it than what’s on the surface. Rumored specifications include a 6-inch QHD display, the brand new Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.