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Three new HTC phones in the works, Q4 launch expected

The U11 was released in May.
The U11 was released in May.
HTC, in spite of its recent troubles, is reportedly set to release three devices in the last quarter of the year, with one of them looking like a flagship. Details of all three devices remain fuzzy at the moment.

HTC released its U11 flagship a few months ago, and while it received mostly positive critical reception, its commercial results were an entirely different kettle of fish. The OEM reportedly claimed that it would release only six or seven devices this and year it's looking set to fill that quota, with three new devices said to be in the pipes.

The source of the information, an ITK on Twitter with the name "Corn Chen", has claimed that the three new devices are codenamed "Ocean Master", "Ocean Harmony", and "Ocean Lite", with all three devices looking to be upper mid-range offerings at the very least. The Ocean Master is said to feature a 6-inch display, 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP selfie shooter, and will come in two models: 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, and 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. That memory configuration means we may be looking at a flagship. 

Not much is known about the other devices except that the Ocean Lite sports a 5.2-inch display, as opposed to the 6-inch ones on both the Ocean Master and Ocean Harmony. Both devices are expected to feature 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.

While you'd do well to take all of this with a pinch of salt, it's also quite baffling that HTC may be looking to release a flagship device at that time of the year, especially with the new iPhone devices being set for launch. But then again, perhaps it's business decisions like this that ensure the company's smartphone division remains on a steady decline profit-wise. There have been rumors of the OEM selling off it's smartphone arm to Google due to its dwindling sales figures, and we can only hope that this set of releases trigger the turnaround in fortunes for what was a pioneer name in the Android market.

The Ocean Master and Lite may be announced in November, with the Harmony expected a month later.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on this.


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Ricci Rox, 2017-09-19 (Update: 2017-09-19)