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Rumor: HTC Ocean Note is the 6-inch HTC U Ultra phablet

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Rumor: HTC Ocean Note is the 6-inch HTC U Ultra phablet
Earlier this month, we received an invitation to an HTC event that is being held on January 12th. The invite consisted off the letter "U" printed in white on a purple background. We might now know what the "U" stands for. According to a tweet sent out by tipster @OnLeaks, the HTC Ocean Note that we were telling you about the other day, is actually the HTC U Ultra.

@OnLeaks, who admits that his source is unverified, goes on to add that this tipster told him that the HTC U Ultra will sport a 6-inch screen. The phablet will also ship sans a 3.5-mm earphone jack. No need to feign surprise about that; "Jack" has passed away and his (or would you call the port her?) death continues to be one of the biggest design changes being adopted by many in the industry along with the dual-camera setup and the Type-C USB port.

The tip about the earphone jack dovetails with an earlier rumor about the HTC Ocean Note (U Ultra) that said the phone would come without the 3.5-mm port. That rumor also added that the device would sport a Type-C USB port and come in Black, White and Blue. The device will also support dual SIM capabilities

Other models that HTC will reportedly introduce on January 12th include phones code named the Ocean Smart and the Ocean Master.

Is HTC prepping a new 6-inch phablet?

Is HTC prepping a new 6-inch phablet?


source: @OnLeaks

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posted on 31 Dec 2016, 10:21 4

1. amro99 (Posts: 107; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


Go home Guys, tommorow is the new year! :) I hope there are major overhauls in htc's new phone designs and UI.

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 14:52

11. KParks23 (Posts: 662; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


That would be nice. but no 3.5jack no buy from me IDC what the specs are. How about before we kill the damn headphone jack there needs to be some alternative other than wireless no1 is making USB C headphones regularly yet.

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 15:11 1

13. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1474; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The USB Implementers Forum just made the USB-C audio specification standard in September. Before that, there was no real standard for how audio over USB-C should work. So, given that was only about 3 months ago, I think it's safe to assume that there will be more USB-C headphones flooding the market in the next few months. Especially considering there are some credible rumors that say the Galaxy S8 will also drop the 3.5 mm headphone jack. I think if Samsung decides to drop it, it will be game over for the jack.

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 15:38 1

14. salami1980 (Posts: 29; Member since: 27 Dec 2016)


There is really expensive 3.5 jack headphones, I'm wondering how the prices will look like six months from now !!

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 10:08

19. kalisjr (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jan 2017)


The issue of not having a headphone jack for certain car owners where Bluetooth is offered is that music and Google navigation are blocked by their firmware meaning that the only way a customer can listen to their music off their phones is to plug in a headphone cord via AUX port in their vehicles. Aside from actually using headphones this creates less value for such devices that lack the critical features and pisses customers off when the comments about having to wait for USB Type-C devices and associated technologies are mentioned. No one should have to buy a new car in order to listen to music when the manufactures implement Bluetooth filters which block anything but phone calls in their cars. RAM trucks don't do this as they have sound systems that allow all Bluetooth traffic to output into their stereo systems. GM is the biggest offender on their low end models because they want to push OnStar services at a cost to the consumer where this capability is too primitive to expect a fee just to listen to streaming broadcasts and on board (SD Card) music. The smartphone manufactures better re-think this move or I could see people passing their devices by regardless of the features as one of the commenters has already mentioned.

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 10:36

2. jesus_sheep (Posts: 277; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


The m10 was underwhelming. This could be their chance to finally get back into business. There was never a 6 inch phone like the Sony Z Ultra. A sequel to the long lost One Max is long overdue.

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 10:52 5

4. trojan_horse (Posts: 2710; Member since: 06 May 2016)


What? There was nothing special in the Xperia Z Ultra...so I fail to understand what makes you think there isn't a 6-inch phone like it.

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 12:37 1

8. maherk (Posts: 4200; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Mate S, Mate 8, Mate 9, A9 Pro and many more send you their greetings.

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 14:55 3

12. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1474; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I honestly didn't like that the Z Ultra never offered a rear flash on it's camera. I think that was a big omission that kept it, along with it's large 6.4 inch screen, out of the hands of many people.

However, I honestly think the best 6 inch phone (even to this date arguably) was the Nokia Lumia 1520. While the Galaxy Note would be defined as the standard bearer for phablets, it's not in the 6+ inch category that is now occupied by the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Huawei Mate 9. The Lumia 1520 had a lot going for it: beautiful 1080p OLED display, a 20 MP camera that beat almost every competitor in its day, high-end internals, and in my opinion a very good looking design. The only drawbacks I saw (and this is open to your own opinion) was with the software.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 04:45

16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3111; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Pretty sure the Nexus 6 was a thing.

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 10:43 1

3. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1250; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


The absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack kills it for me. Oh well, let's wait for the official announcement.

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 10:58

5. eman99 (Posts: 384; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


Probably 800-900 dollars probably won't be here in the states probably the HTC max 2

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 11:49

6. rastaman971 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Dec 2016)


Huawei Mate 9, 5.9 inch and a headphone jack. HTC, try again!!!

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 12:32

7. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


YESSS HTC!!!! Snatch my weave!!!!

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 13:28

9. fyah_king (Posts: 696; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


With dual 10 watt speakers!!!

posted on 31 Dec 2016, 20:52

15. John-Knotts (Posts: 247; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Just like the removable battery, the head phone Jack's days are numbered.

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