More details about HTC’s new Snapdragon 835-powered flagship have surfaced ahead of its rumored launch this month.

LlabTooFeR, noted HTC ROM developer and frequent leaker, revealed some new tidbits about the HTC U, which you may know under its Ocean codename.

The HTC U will feature an IP57 ingress protection rating, according to the leak, which means the phone should be able to survive being immersed in up to one meter of water and withstand most dust particles. For comparisons, U competitors like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are both rated at a slightly better IP68.

The U won’t be the first water-resistant smartphone from HTC – that distinction goes to the Sprint-bound Bolt (and its international variant, HTC 10 Evo), which hasn’t seen a wide release however.

Like the Bolt and its lesser namesakes, the U Ultra and U Play, the HTC U will not feature an audio jack, LlabTooFeR claims. The device will be available in single and dual-SIM versions, depending on the market.

Over the weekend, Evan Blass shared the first live picture of the HTC U (seen above), and there’s not much to write home about. It’s the same design language we’ve seen on the U Ultra and a bunch of previous HTC devices. It’s rather generic too, though the grainy leaked image might obscure its true appeal. That said, there’s something special hidden beneath the U’s mundane skin – sensors embedded in the phone’s metallic frame will reportedly allow users to control it with squeeze gestures.

Other leaked HTC U specs include:

  • Display: 5.5-inch QHD display with Gorilla Glass 5
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4 / 6 GB (depending on the model, may be region restricted)
  • Internal storage: 64 / 128 GB storage (depending on the model)
  • Cameras: 12 MP rear, 16 MP front (from a previous leak)
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
  • OS: Android 7.1 Nougat with Sense Home UI
  • Extras: Fingerprint scanner, Edge Sense

Blass claims the HTC U will be introduced by the end of the month. Till then, let us know what you think of the leaks!

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Stickdoge1414

    I personally think the rating should be higher

    • David Martrano

      A 3000mamp battery huh! I don’t know what HTC is thinking. Is this another dud? These are tough times for a once great company. All of their latest releases are pretty lackluster to say the least!

  • Player Slayer

    Yeah, the phone seems pretty forgettable in the grand scheme of things. Buh-bye, HTC…

    • charlie Jason

      Forgettable to the enthusiasts. Most consumers won’t know that it exists. Such is the world of smartphone right now.

      • teehee

        Yup. You have to be willing to work with all carriers if you want your phone company to become to next Apple or Samsung.

        Charging $700+ for a phone and not working with carriers is way too greedy. Pay the tolls to carriers or your phone will become non-existent.

  • Abhyuday Krishna

    3000 mAh capacity battery, no headphone jack. what a fantastic phone……

  • Ali Mohamed

    From htc fan boy to hater, I can’t believe this phone, it will fail completely! No audio jack and 3000 mAh battery? This is really a joke

  • GoremanX

    No headphone jack, no sale. Not convinced about the battery capacity, either. My HTC 10 has a 3000mah battery, which serves me fine. However the screen on the HTC U is supposed to be bigger, and I’m not sure the efficiency improvements in the newer components and software are enough to compensate. These design decisions are totally baffling. HTC is no longer my preferred handset maker.

    • illregal

      Most of the specs are just made up.

  • Gator352

    This is what I think: Bankruptcy. That’s what I think.

    • Mr.Bean ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      i thought they would’ve been bankrupt a few years ago, though it is surprising they’re still around.

      • Gator352

        Not for long though. they can’t keep bleeding like they are and make it.

        • Mr.Bean ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Well their U series phones aren’t doing any favors for them since they’re now discounting their U Ultra.

    • David Martrano

      This is what I think: I am very surprised HTC is still in business! I’m so confused what are they trying to accomplish. The Bolt & U Ultra, what, huh, oh boy, Yikes! IP57 when the s8 & g6 IP68! I just Don’t understand! For the discount 599.00, still don’t like it….

  • Goran

    All except htc will offer 3.5. htc removed their famous 3.5, best of all. Than, they decided it’s wise and smart to make edge sense phone entirely made of glass. Phone that all will squeeze and move in hands which makes chance for drop bigger than ordinary. How unwise is that? What htc needs is fast leadership change. It’s already too late for htc.

  • flye

    i hope they price this higher than their U ultra….. hahah….

  • Mr.Bean ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    lower water-resistance and no headphone jack? HTC is really digging a deeper hole for themselves.

    • Gator352

      It’s sink hole deep….

    • balcobomber25

      The water resistance (7) is similar to many new phones today, the dust resistance is lower (5). It will still be safe in about 3 feet of water, which is the same as an IP67 device.

  • Scott Horne

    Guess I am the odd ball I am glad that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack. Who still uses wired headphones?

    • Gator352

      More than you think. I use BT while I’m working but use wired when listening to my music at home. BT at this time still can’t compete with wired.

    • Goran

      I do. Well, put Cardas A8 or dunu 2000 in htc 10 or V20 and you’ll be enlightened why ppl still do.

      • David Martrano

        Most consumers love the headphone jack, me too!

    • balcobomber25

      One of my phones has no 3.5mm jack and the sound is pretty incredible, even with the freebie type-C headphones they provided. Having said that tho, my biggest issue is that the technology is still too new. I travel a lot for business and trying to find a pair of USB-C headphones or the adapter is near impossible in most airports. I forgot mine once and was SOL for both flights.

  • kher jay

    when you’re apple or sammy you might get away with is…in 2016. htc never learns oh well. OP5 hype.

  • illregal

    The specs are still a mystery it seems. Because the 835 comes with bt5. The leaker can’t even get little things correct.

  • FogHammer

    No audio jack is the deal breaker for me. I had an M7, M8, and now have a 10, which I love, but HTC has lost me as a customer for their next flagship – what the heck are they thinking over there?

  • Oh HTC: 1 step forward, 3 steps backwards as always.

  • Sivad01

    Nougat 7.1 SD835 are a plus the only ones I can see right now. 5.5QHD screen and 3,000mah battery won’t mix. IP57 for real? lol if you’re not going to do it right don’t it at all. I commend their effort but why settle for a half measure. they just don’t have their heads in the game.

  • PC_Peasant’s number 1 fan

    Surprised how low HTC has fallen. I guess their marketing sux compared to Sammy’s.

  • Daniel G

    So I’m guessing I’m the only one that actually likes this phone.

  • Tyson Stevens

    Just make a HTC 10 with slimmer bezels, better specs and water resistance. Its not hard guys.

    Also, no headphone jack, no sale. I bought the 10 over most BECAUSE of its DAC.