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

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



1. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I love that blue


Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

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

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 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

3. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Officially done with HTC after this.

4. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

LOL, why?

5. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Alright HTC, I'm done.

6. bucky

Posts: 3783; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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 :-/

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

will it be their second flagship or something?

9. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

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

10. Nunazty

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

That blue soooo sexy, please take my money

12. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

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

14. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

13. Abdbaas

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

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

15. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

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

16. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Did the Galaxy S7 and LG V20 have sex?

17. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

18. Joosty

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

19. Mrmark

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 26, 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.

20. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Hello there, camera bump.

21. IamAJ

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 11, 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.

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 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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