As with any product in the tech world, how the potential new device is marketed will likely prove key.
According to a new rumor, HTC is working on a mid-range device codenamed Ocean Life which will bring a number of features of U11 - a miniature version of the handset. The upcoming smartphone will be HTC U11's smaller version, and it will come along with numerous larger smartphone's specs and features into a smaller frame, Android And Me reported.
As for specs, we know quite a bit: the phone will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 SoC, which has been shown to offer surprisingly good performance for a mid-range chipset. It will have a 16MP rear as well as front camera and will retain Bluetooth 5.0 from the U11.
Interestingly enough, HTC also appears to have plans to extend the reach of its "Edge Sense" feature by including it on this device. Talking about the battery unit, surprisingly it is said to pack a small 2600mAh battery.
The device is code-named Ocean Life, which falls in line with HTC's internal naming convention for the U series: the HTC U Ultra was the Ocean Note, the U Play was Ocean Smart, and the U11 was Ocean Master (or just Ocean, depending on whom you ask). It is justified since most of the smartphones these days ditch the headphone jack and come with a USB Type-C port instead.
Rumor has it, thanks to LlabTooFeR, that HTC is now working on a handset that is codenamed Ocean Life.