HTU U latest news: New images of device leaked; phone looks similar to larger U Ultra?

(Reuters/Pichi Huang)Will Taiwan's HTC be the last company to build the Nexus lineup for Google?

HTC's upcoming touch-sensitive smartphone was only seen in glimpses through leaked promotional videos until now.

Trusted phone leaker Evan Blass took to Twitter and leaked the newest live images of the "HTC U," showing a striking resemblance to its much larger sibling, the "HTC U Ultra." The images of the smartphone, also codenamed "Ocean," can be seen sporting a circular camera lens, compared to the U Ultra's square-shaped one. Moreover, also present is the dual-LED flash on the back of the device while a fingerprint scanner can be spotted just below the display in the front portion of the smartphone.

The touch sensitive bezels called the "Edge Sensors" will reportedly give users the ability to scroll and access applications using the phone's frame, according to a report from Neowin. Furthermore, the upcoming HTC flagship smartphone will also feature a lineup of microphones that are geared to provide users the ability to enjoy a much richer audio experience.

As for the other tech specs, the HTC U will also come with a camera that has an HDR+ mode, which will allow users to live preview their photos while the HDR is in effect, and Gorilla Glass on both its front and back. Just like the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8, the smartphone will also be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Moreover, earlier reports also speculated that the HTC U will come in two variants, in 64GB and 128GB in terms of storage, with 4GB and 6GB of RAM, respectively.

Meanwhile, a report from Channel News of Australia noted that the HTC U offers better specs compared to another competitor, the LG G6. The former's 12-megapixel IMX362 Sony sensor and the 16 megapixel IMX351 cameras are significantly larger than that of the LG G6's.

HTC has yet to reveal the upcoming smartphone's official release date.