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

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.7 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 513
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 16MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 162.4mm x 79.8mm x 8mm
Weight 170g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 11
Processor Snapdragon 821
RAM 4
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance 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

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.

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

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!

Promoted

  • 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, .

HTC U Ultra specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.7 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 513
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 16MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 162.4mm x 79.8mm x 8mm
Weight 170g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 11
Processor Snapdragon 821
RAM 4
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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