HTC U Ultra review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

HTC U Ultra
HTC U Ultra
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Quick Verdict

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

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 U Ultra at a glance

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.

Battery life

  • 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, .
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.7
Display resolution (pixels) 2560 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 513
Processor Snapdragon 821
Height (mm) 162.4
Width (mm) 79.8
Depth (mm) 8
Weight (g) 170
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
Water resistance N/A
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
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 11
NFC support Yes
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Updated January 16th, 2019
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage More info
MediaTek Helio P10
1920 x1080
Snapdragon 821
2560 x 1440
Snapdragon 400
1280 x 720
Snapdragon 630
1920 x 1080
Snapdragon 845
2880 x 1440
MediaTek Helio P10
1920 x 1080
Snapdragon 835
2560 x 1440

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