Industry insider LlabTooFeR took to twitter earlier today to state that HTC's upcoming U Ultra series flagship, currently known only as the HTC Ocean, will feature IP57 protection from dust and water, and will lack the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The new phone has been shown off in leaks and renders thus far sporting no jack, so this Tweet from the well-known Maximus HD ROM developer is essentially adding extra credence to what is already widely suspected, though not quite known for certain yet. This latest report is also in line with a recent leak of full promotional materials for the upcoming device that already revealed a wide variety of information about the upcoming HTC-made smartphone.
The HTC Ocean is allegedly set to sport a set of edge sensors as its headline feature, which will allow users to interact with the phone by touching the sides of the device. As for the phone itself, the HTC Ocean is said to sport a 5.5-inch panel under Gorilla Glass 5, sporting a resolution of 1,440 by 2,560 pixels. The phone is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC) and either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, as well as 64GB and 128GB of storage space, depending on the variant. A 3,000mAh battery rounds out the basic specs of the device. It's also set to have enhanced audio recording and playback capabilities, including recording without any audio degradation. On the camera end, the HTC Ocean is expected to offer a number of unique software features and processing modes.
HTC's new flagship is not actually going to be the first phone from the company that lost the 3.5mm headphone jack, or even the first major flagship to lose the feature, as that's what happened with last year's Sprint-bound HTC Bolt. In any case, the HTC Ocean is soon set to become the first HTC-made device powered by Qualcomm's first 10nm SoC that's expected to be significantly more powerful than the HTC U Ultra, at least on paper. There's still no word on when exactly the phone will be hitting the market, but more details on the device will likely follow soon.