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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 Good vs similar phones

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

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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

Latest HTC U Ultra news

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