Earlier in March, HTC released a couple of new smartphones with the U branding, the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra. While both phones are somewhat lacking when it comes to performance, it seems like HTC has not given up yet on the U brand. In fact, rumor has it that the company is once again releasing another HTC U smartphone later this year. And fans should hang on to their seats as this one is a doozy.
According to Venture Beat, HTC has successfully made headway on its plans to integrate sensors within the frame of the upcoming HTC U phone. And it looks like this new feature will be the highlight of the device apart from the rumored Snapdragon 835 chip within.
Last year, Evan Blass leaked that HTC is working on a new type of sensor that is embedded behind the metal case of the HTC U. This array of sensors will bring additional control to the phone and a few more features. For instance, users can increase or decrease playback volume by sliding back and forth one of the sides of the phone.
More cool HTC stuff here (including the tablet that launched @evleaks): https://t.co/S3WaZkeog9
Check it out before it gets pulled! pic.twitter.com/YJwmZb0Sje
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 20, 2016
As far as other specs would go, as mentioned earlier, the upcoming HTC U smartphone will have a Snapdragon 835 quite possibly paired with a 4GB RAM. The display is a 5.5-inch, 2560x1440pixel panel. The phone will come pre-installed with Android 7.1 Nougat. Storage-wise, the HTC U will come in either 64GB or 128GB with an option to extend using the extra microSD slot.
The camera sensor arrangement for the upcoming phone is quite weird as it uses a smaller resolution imaging sensor around the back. The 12-megapixel IMX362 will be used as a rear camera sensor while the IMX351, which has a 16-megapixel resolution, will be used at the front.
According to the same report, the HTC U will be unveiled around mid-April with a possible global release of early May.