An industry insider had revealed in September that HTC would be launching Ocean Master, Ocean Lite and Ocean Harmony smartphones in 2017. This hasn't officially been confirmed yet, but it's a safe bet given the fact that HTC emphasized the word Eye in its Weibo post. Coincidentally, frequent tipster Evan Blass has leaked the existence of the device as well, claiming that it's called the HTC U11 EYEs.
Like the other HTC U series phones from the company, the U11 EYEs will be lacking a 3.5mm audio jack. At the event, the company is expected to launch HTC U11 EYEs mid-range phone, which is codenamed Harmony.
The HTC U11 EYEs features a 6-inch Super LCD3 display with a full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,160. There are minimal borders along the sides, but quite a significant bezel on the top and bottom. The tweet also suggests this phone will have 64GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card.
Other specs which have gotten leaked include IP67 certification against dust and water and a USB Type-C port.
Despite having released the HTC U11 Plus with Android Oreo out of the box and the update is rolling out to the U11 Life, the U11 EYEs will still be based on Android Nougat. It will be available in Black, Silver and Red and will likely cost CNY 3,300 (or around 420). The handset features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. However, there are no rumors about the camera of the phone. The display also feature rounded corners, which does look appealing and makes the device look up-to-date. The older Snapdragon 652 chipset will be powering the phone along with 4 GB of RAM.
Reports say the phone could land in Hong Kong, China, and HTC's home country Taiwan first, and then in other markets, including the United States, as HTC Harmony.