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HTC U Ultra / Ocean Note to have the same 12 MP camera found inside the Google Pixel

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HTC U Ultra / Ocean Note to have the same 12 MP camera found inside the Google Pixel
HTC is officially hosting a press event later this week, on January 12, when it's likely going to announce (at least) two new smartphones. 

According to recent rumors, the two upcoming handsets are the HTC U Ultra (codenamed Ocean Note) and the HTC U Play.

Earlier today, we saw a series of leaked images allegedly showing the HTC U Ultra / Ocean Note, while also learning that the handset could feature a Snapdragon 835 processor and a dual rear camera. However, it looks like these aren't the real features of the device.

Venture Beat reports that the HTC U Ultra / Ocean Note will not have a dual rear camera. Instead, it's going to use the same 12 MP camera that's found inside the Google Pixel and Pixel XL - one of the best smartphone cameras currently on the market, according to pretty much everyone. The camera software on the Ocean Note will be tweaked by HTC, so image quality and overall performance should be different from what we're getting with the Pixel camera (it remains to be seen if this is for the better, or for the worse).

As for the processor inside the HTC U Ultra / Ocean Note, a source "familiar" with HTC's plans has it that this is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, not the newer and more powerful Snapdragon 835.

Processor and camera aside, the HTC U Ultra / Ocean Note may sport a 5.7-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) main display, in addition to a secondary, much smaller screen above it (à la LG V20). The handset should run Android 7 Nougat out of the box, further featuring 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, and a generous battery (possibly a 4000 mAh unit). The photos seen below seemingly confirm the fact that the upcoming HTC phone has a regular display plus a secondary ticker screen, and a single rear camera.

For now, we can't vouch for any of the details revealed here, but we're certainly looking forward to seeing exactly what HTC will announce on January 12.


source: Venture Beat

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posted on 10 Jan 2017, 17:52 4

1. Diego! (Posts: 667; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


I love that blue

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 18:01 7

2. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS (Posts: 316; Member since: 29 Sep 2015)


Problem will be won't have Google's image processing.

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 19:23

11. vincelongman (Posts: 4823; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yep, no HDR+
I hopefully HTC make something similar

Also hopefully its like the HTC 10, which was 6P's sensor but with OIS and wider aperture lens

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 18:01 5

3. aikoo (Posts: 123; Member since: 27 Feb 2016)


Officially done with HTC after this.

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 18:03 3

4. John-Knotts (Posts: 299; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


LOL, why?

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 18:07 2

5. Bankz (Posts: 1010; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Alright HTC, I'm done.

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 18:23 3

6. bucky (Posts: 2912; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I don't mind a bit of a camera hump but pic 4 seriously looks like a nipple.

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 18:39 2

7. ibend (Posts: 6000; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


it's almost half it's body thicknes :/
why cant they just put bigger battery make it a bit thicker and get rid that ugly hump :-/

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 18:41

8. ibend (Posts: 6000; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


will it be their second flagship or something?

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 18:48

9. Emmanuelz (Posts: 208; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


So htc really gonna keep dame design? Smh that's why they are where they are

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 19:05 2

10. Nunazty (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


That blue soooo sexy, please take my money

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 19:37 3

12. Andr01d (Posts: 63; Member since: 08 Mar 2016)


Do you like the S7? Do you like the V10/20? Look no further!

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 20:50

14. Diezparda (Posts: 879; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Back looks identical with samsung mid-ranger. All HTC need is great camera because even cheap OP3 can deliver decent camera and great performance.

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 20:17

13. Abdbaas (Posts: 38; Member since: 05 Apr 2016)


They never learn about their mistakes do they? It's time for HTC to stop making phone for the sake of investors.

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 21:00

15. Chuck007 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


HTC isn't even trying anymore. And with their financial problems, can't say I blame them..

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 22:00 1

16. irossdrummer (Posts: 217; Member since: 17 Jan 2015)


Did the Galaxy S7 and LG V20 have sex?

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 22:15

17. zeeBomb (Posts: 2271; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


HTC I thought was making a comeback? After HTC 10 they just went back to their usual failing part.

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 22:48 1

18. Joosty (Posts: 187; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Okay, I dismissed this phone earlier for the shameless Samsung design.

But those are same damn good specs that are missing from the phablet segment.

Wonder if it will have a IP rating? That would make this a complete device.

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 01:48

19. Mrmark (Posts: 303; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


Okay I am a little upset they don't have a headphone jack but o well . I really don't see the needless removal as innovative if the don't have a better alternative already available.

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 05:22

20. zenun12 (Posts: 102; Member since: 31 Oct 2016)


Hello there, camera bump.

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 07:24

21. IamAJ (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jan 2017)


HTC was a partner in building the Pixel, they just got screwed out of branding the phone. So I guess their consolation prize is getting to use the same sensor of the current best camera. I hope those leaked pictures aren't true. It looks exactly like the HTC 10 on the back, but I don't see the dual camera on the back like the article states. Also, HTC only ever made one great smartphone and has missed the mark ever since, even though they tried their very best.

posted on 11 Jan 2017, 11:31

22. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1733; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


So will it have a 5.7" or 6" display? I'm really hoping its the latter because I need a replacement for my Nexus 6 and 5.7" just seems small now.

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