The HTC U Ultra showcases HTC's great industrial design, although as an older phone it's not one that has aged particularly well.
- Good performance
- Smart second screen
- HTC Sense might make sense
- Sense assistant appears smart
- Good (but not great) camera
- Ordinary battery life
- No headphone jack
- Hit and miss capacitive buttons
- Fingerprint magnet
- High asking price
When did the HTC U Ultra come out? Available in Australia from March 2017.
What’s new about the HTC U Ultra? Liquid design, Snapdragon 821, no headphone jack.
How much does the HTC U Ultra cost? Originally priced at $1199 in Australia.
HTC’s U Ultra hits the sweet spot of design and performance, but it’s overpriced for its feature set compared to the rest of the Android market.
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.
- Liquid design really stands out.
- Rear case is a fingerprint magnet.
- Lacks headphone socket.
- Decent camera performance.
- Slow focus.
- Acceptable performance for a phone its age.
- Second screen works well.
- Annoying touch sensitivity.
- 3,000mAh battery fails to impress.
- Only worth comparing if you can get it at a bargain price.
Pricing and availability
HTC U Ultra
HTC's shiny smartphone
The HTC U Ultra features HTC's appealing liquid design in a range of colours. Buy one today!
- The HTC U Ultra originally sold outright for $1,199 in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White and Cosmetic Pink colours.
- The HTC U Ultra was originally available from Vodafone on contract terms, .
|Display size (inches)||5.7|
|Display resolution (pixels)||2560 x 1440|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||513|
|Battery size (mAh)||3,000|
|Rear camera (1) resolution||12|
|Rear camera (1) aperture||f/1.8|
|Rear camera (2) resolution|
|Rear camera (2) aperture|
|Rear camera (3) resolution|
|Rear camera (3) aperture|
|Front camera (1) resolution||16|
|Front camera (1) aperture||N/A|
|Front camera (2) resolution|
|Front camera (2) aperture|
|Network category speed||Category 11|
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