Overall Rating of HTC U Ultra: 8.6 / 10
- Beautiful metal and glass design
- Expandable storage
- top-grade software and performance
- Large dazzling display
- Fast fingerprint sensor
- Secondary screen is available
- Low battery capacity
- Huge Size
- Fingerprint magnet
- Non water resistant
- No headphone jack
- Highly Expensive
HTC U Ultra manufactured by HTC (A Taiwanese electronics company) was released in Feburay 2017. HTC has a reputation for creating Smartphones having flagship quality designs, solid performance and qualified cameras, but it was never able to revolutionize its smartphones. Was HTC able to add some luster to its latest handset?
HTC U Ultra is one of the biggest handsets in HTC’s lineup with a display size of 5.7 inches, operating it single handily will be an issue. Large bezels and a secondary display makes it seem even more bigger. The body is completely made from reflective glass that show cases the liquid surface affect. The handset is shipped in black, blue, pink and white color options and every one of them looks breath taking. Being a finger print magnet and non-dust proof is a big downfall, the only time you will see this phone clean is when you first unbox it. Using a casing is recommended otherwise there are high chances the device might slip and shatter considering that its super slippery.
The fingerprint sensor now lies at the front of the screen engraved inside the home button, the navigation keys lie next to the home button look awkwardly small as compared to the screen size. A volume rocker is placed on the right edge, USB-C and speaker port lie at the bottom, the SIM tray lies at the to edge with the left edge houses nothing. Its a disappointment that HTC left out the headphone jack, and a microSD slot, especially with so much free space.
It seems that HTC took the display as its main priority because the display is one of most impressive quality of U Ultra. Its twin display setup works perfectly, the secondary display is on even when the main display is off, it shows notifications, time, date, shortcuts to apps, music player and camera. 5.7 inch super LCD display with 1440p resolution provides sharp viewing quality, the colors and contrasts are wonderfully balanced. A problem which most smartphones face is viewing the screen in daylight, that issue is resolved in U Ultra due to the high brightness.
With a massive phone like this encrypted with a secondary display a 3000 mAh battery can never pull off a full day usage. Another let down by HTC, this phone is no where near for power usage. U Ultra comes powered with a quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon 821 processor paired with a 4 GB RAM. It provides solid performance, the apps and games are loaded quickly, during multi tasking there is no lag at all, the touch response is also perfect. This software package has fulfilled our hopes for smooth performance and quick response to applications.
HTC opted to include the ‘Sense companion app’ to provide assistance, HTC had concluded that Sense companion will provide whether and traffic updates along with recommendations to restaurants and guidance on how to use the phone. But unfortunately it rarely provides any updates or assistance at all. Users will definitely miss Google assistance.
Cameras on U Ultra are not award winning, we would expect much more for a high priced phone like this. There is 12 megapixels rear camera and a 16 megapixels front camera. The rear cam comes powered with OIS, pictures taken by it are by far ‘just ok’. Images either come out too dark or somewhat washed up, the sensor doesn’t help in any. So there has to on the spot light conditions to take any proper shots. However outside in good day light photos to come out Superb with accurate color presentation and amazing details. Besides extra pixels in the front camera, it rarely takes shots without blurring. Focus has to be adjusted and just by luck a perfect selfie can be taken.
At the end conclusion be made HTC U Ultra is a decent phone which looks stunning and beautiful and comes loaded with exceptional features and specs. As far as the software and performance is concerned its obviously admirable. Yet it’s missing certain features which consumers desire, and above all a proper camera is a necessity for everyone which is something HTC failed to provide in U Ultra.
Battery Capacity: 3000 mAh
Screen Size: 5.7 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
Processor: 2.15 GHz quad core qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Front Camera: 16 megapixel
Rear Camera: 12 megapixel
Colors: pink, black, blue, white
RAM: 4 GB
Internal Storage: 64 GB
Expandable Storage: 2000 GB
Operating System: Android 7.0
Connectivity: Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, USB OTG, Dual SIM