Back in September, reports surfaced claiming HTC was planning a new series of smartphones, which were codenamed "Ocean." A new report claims the upcoming Ocean Note will have a rear camera with the highest DxOMark score of any smartphone camera and ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone port.

HTC Gives Google A Hand With The Pixel And Pixel XL

HTC has been trying to regain its place in the smartphone world, which has been dominated by two major companies in the last couple of years, Apple and Samsung. One area where HTC has been able to maintain its status has been through the design of the smartphones it builds for itself and others.

Most recently, Google hired HTC to build its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones but unlike its Nexus program, which allowed the handset manufacturer to be credited on the device, Google instead credits itself with a "G" logo and "Made by Google" stamp and advertises the devices are the first smartphones made by Google.

When Google unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL, it boasted that the smartphones received a DxOMark score of 89, making it the highest-rated smartphone camera ever tested. Now, a new report reveals that HTC' s upcoming Ocean Note smartphone will top the DxOMark score of the Pixel to become the highest rated camera on a smartphone when the handset is unveiled.

HTC Ocean Note To Top Pixel DxOMark Camera Score

The report claims HTC is planning to release three new smartphones in Q1 2017, which backs up a late September story, which suggested that HTC would launch an "Ocean Master," "Ocean Note," and "Ocean Smart" handsets.

The Ocean Note is believed to feature a 5.5-inch screen and will join the HTC Bolt and iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus by ditching the standard 3.5mm headphone port. The smartphone will use a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer and that claim of its having the highest DxOMark score will reportedly come from a 13-megapixel rear camera.

HTC will apparently offer the HTC Ocean in choice of black, white, or blue color options and the handset will feature dual SIM slots. It's unclear if the Ocean Note will include "Sense Touch," which was created by an HTC designer as a concept to show off a new way of interacting with the device.

Users would be able to access controls, including volume and scrolling by touching the outer frame of the handset instead of touching the display.

HTC Ocean Note Expected To Launch In January

HTC is expected to launch new smartphones on Jan. 12 and the Ocean Note is believed to be one of those devices. We'll keep you posted on any new information as it becomes available.

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