High spec HTC 11 Ocean Note handset rumoured

HTC ViveA new smartphone from HTC, which is being developed under the codename ‘Ocean Note,’ has been detailed in leaks this week, according to Tech Radar.

Earlier reports have suggested that it will hit the market with the U Ultra moniker, hinting at the likelihood that it will sport a six inch display and a host of other top tier hardware, to help it compete with established rival devices from Samsung and Apple.

Leaked images suggest that the exterior of the phone could be coated in glass to give it a premium look and feel. It was also revealed that it will ditch the 3.5mm headphone socket, following in the footsteps of the iPhone 7, even if this frustrates users.

HTC has a raft of new mobiles on the way and they should be officially announced by the end of the month, so the wait for the Ocean Note’s arrival will not be a long one.

Interestingly, the fall in sales that HTC has seen hit its smartphone arm in recent years looks set to be counterbalanced by its rising prominence in the VR industry. Its Vive headset was reported this week to be outselling Facebook-owned Oculus hardware two to one, which could in turn bolster its mobile presence.