HTC U Ultra review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The HTC U Ultra showcases HTC's great industrial design, although as an older phone it's not one that has aged particularly well.

5.7 inches

Display size

1440 x 2560px

64GB

Internal storage

12 MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5.7 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
513 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
16MP
Front camera aperture size
N/A

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162.4mm x 79.8mm x 8mm
Weight
170g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 11

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 821
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$899
Launch date2017-03
HTC U Ultra

The good

  • Good performance
  • Smart second screen
  • HTC Sense might make sense
  • Sense assistant appears smart
  • Good (but not great) camera

The bad

  • Ordinary battery life
  • No headphone jack
  • Hit and miss capacitive buttons
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • High asking price

You don’t call a phone "Ultra" unless you’re really ready to bring it into the massively oversaturated phone market. At first glance, the HTC U Ultra seems to fit the bill, with a stunning design and essentially the same specifications that made the HTC-built Google Pixel and Pixel XL a hit. Deeper examination finds a phone that doesn’t quite live up to its name.

Design

  • Liquid design really stands out.
  • Rear case is a fingerprint magnet.
  • Lacks headphone socket.
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Camera

  • Decent camera performance.
  • Slow focus.
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Performance

  • Acceptable performance for a phone its age.
  • Second screen works well.
  • Annoying touch sensitivity.
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Battery life

  • 3,000mAh battery fails to impress.
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Verdict

  • Only worth comparing if you can get it at a bargain price.
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Pricing and availability

Compare SIM-only plans for the HTC U Ultra

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Name Product Features Data Price
Monthly winner: Data
Circles.Life 100GB for $38 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $30/mth, then $38/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 22.01.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Data
$30
per month
100GB
Data
Moose 15.80 6GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$15.80
per month
6GB
Data
$15.80
per month
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Circles.Life 20GB for $28 SIM-only Monthly Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get triple data and over 20% off for 12 months - pay $22/mth, then $28/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 22.01.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$22
per month
60GB
Data
felix Subscription $35 1 month
SIM-Only - Subscription
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per 1 months
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per 1 months
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Moose 23.80 20GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$23.80
per month
20GB
Data
$23.80
per month
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Circles.Life 8GB for $18 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $14/mth, then $18/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 22.01.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$14
per month
8GB
Data
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HTC U Ultra specs

Display

Display Size
5.7 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
513 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
16MP
Front camera aperture size
N/A

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162.4mm x 79.8mm x 8mm
Weight
170g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 11

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 821
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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