Google and HTC recently signed an agreement that sees Google acquiring some of HTC’s engineers. As part of this deal, HTC is still able to develop its own smartphones. One such device is known as the HTC ‘Ocean Master’ and we have a new leak providing additional details.
The HTC Ocean Master is believed to be a new HTC U 11 ‘Plus,’ and as such a follow-up to the successful HTC U 11 smartphone. It appears that HTC has taken a leaf from some of the other 2017 flagship devices in the construction of the HTC U 11 Plus. The device is based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, backed up by either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. There’s a choice of either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, which is described as UFS 2.1 storage. There’s a 12MP main camera on the back accompanied by an 8MP front-facing camera, and the device comes with IP68 water and dust resistance. The device is also expected to include Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard and HTC’s Edge Sense squeezable chassis technology.
It’s the display that has caught the attention of many where HTC appears to be using a 5.99-inch screen with an 18:9 aspect radio of a Quad HD+ 2,880 by 1,440 pixel resolution. The display is manufactured by JDI, known for their high-quality IPS LCD panels. The device is said to use an edge-to-edge display, that is with minimal bezels, mirroring design elements we’ve seen from Essential, Apple, Samsung, and LG over the year to date. Unfortunately, like the earlier HTC U 11, the HTC U 11 Plus does not appear to come with a headphone socket as the source website explains it comes with USB Type-C headphones.
The last piece of news is arguably the most disappointing, as it’s not clear if the HTC U 11 Plus will be released into Western markets. Frandroid states that the device is set to be officially announced in China in November citing remarks from David Chen, HTC’s Chief Operating Officer. At this juncture we don’t know if it will emerge in Western markets, but given the popularity of large screen smartphone devices, it would be more surprising to us if it did not.