HTC U Ultra 

price Rs. 45,320 onwards  | launch Feb, 2017

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77.5

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63.7

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Phonecurry's 2-Minute Review

quick-read review written by the phonecurry editorial team, summarising opinion across 19 Expert Reviews

What we liked

  • Arguably the most sumptuous, and beautifully designed Android phone available today - made almost entirely of glass, with a mirror finish - giving it a really unique, handsome, and bold aesthetic above anything else - it's drop-dead gorgeous

  • Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back

  • Its back is curved on to the phone’s four corners so it looks as though the device has been built as a whole rather than by slapping several different parts together - even more significantly, the U Ultra’s glass has been ionised so that even its black edition changes colour according to the light around you - it’s an effect that's difficult to describe, but pick up the handset yourself and its subtle shimmers and reflections are sure to set your heart aflutter

  • Its 170g weight barely registers in your hands, and at 8mm thin, it's a slight device, but not so much that it feels insubstantial

  • Its fingerprint scanner is front-facing, sitting just under the phone’s screen, and works like a treat - it’s fast and accurate

  • Brilliant display - a generous 1440 x 2560 resolution - that's roughly 513 pixels per inch - means that you're treated to visuals with plenty of punch and vibrancy

  • Also has a secondary screen - a thin 2.05in strip for instant notifications-related gratification - while it’s certainly not essential, it can end up being pretty useful

  • The U Ultra’s secondary screen isn’t always-on - it wakes up when you get a notification or flip your phone up - its 160 x 1040 resolution ensures you can always read what’s onscreen and HTC has designed the thing to work with all the apps you’d want - that means WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Gmail and many more

  • That’s not all this secondary screen can do either - when your U Ultra is unlocked it’ll show you upcoming calendar events, reminders you’ve set yourself and a 12-hour weather forecast for your location, among other things

  • HTC Sense UI on top of Android is one of the better Android UIs around

  • One of the most powerful phones you can buy in terms of speed/performance, with the same internals as the Google Pixel - chomps through even the most graphically demanding games without breaking a sweat

  • Decent rear camera - though not quite up to the level of other flagships

  • Decent front camera - delivers spot-on skin tones and it’s not half bad at night either

  • Vibrant HTC BoomSound speakers

  • Decent battery life - with moderate use, generally lasts for the whole day - although there are many flagship phones with a much better battery life

  • Fast charging support - topping up 33% of your battery in 20 minutes

What we didn't

  • Pretty large and bulky size, so might not suit you if you have small hands or value pocket-ability

  • The glass construction, of course, makes it ridiculously prone to smudges, scratches and if you are not careful, glass shatters - even though HTC says it’ll survive a fall of about a metre

  • The sensible thing to do therefore might be to get a case that’ll cover up this vulnerability, but clearly that’s a less than ideal solution as it means you don't then get to gaze on every inch of its beautiful design

  • No waterproofing like some other flagships

  • Doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone socket - so you’re forced to use either USB-C (included) or Bluetooth headphones

  • The bundled USB-C headphones are pretty decent but will be difficult to replace given the very limited choice in USB-C headphones currently

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HTC U Ultra Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.0
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.7 inches
Screen Resolution1440x2560 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Super LCD5
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5)
  • Secondary Display: 2.05 inch (160 x 1040 Pixels)
Sensors
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetic Sensor
  • Sensor Hub
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.15 GHz, Quad Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
GPUAdreno 530
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 2 TB
Battery
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
Battery Standby312 hrs
Battery Talktime26.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Battery Talktime (4G): upto 26 hrs
  • Battery Standby Time: upto 312 hrs
Dimensions
Weight170 gm
Thickness7.99 mm
Camera
Camera12.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • HTC UltraPixel 2
  • 1.55um Pixel Size
  • F/1.8 Aperture
  • Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
  • Laser Autofocus
  • BSI Sensor
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Sapphire Lens
  • Self Timer up to 10 Seconds
  • Face Detection
  • Pro mode with Manual Control
  • 16 sec. Long Exposure
  • RAW format support
  • Auto HDR
  • Panorama
  • Zoe Capture
  • Hyperlapse
  • Slow Motion Video
  • Video Pic
Secondary Camera16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • HTC UltraPixel mode
  • BSI Sensor
  • Live Make-up
  • Auto Selfie (keep still or smile)
  • Voice Selfie
  • Self Timer up to 10 seconds
  • Auto HDR
  • Selfie Panorama Full HD Video Recording
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
DLNAYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • Battery Fast Charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
  • Hi-Res Audio
  • Motion Launch
  • HTC Connect
  • Quiet Ring on Pick-up
  • Pocket mode, Flip to Mute
  • HTC Sense Companion AI
  • Miracast
  • Chromecast Support
  • USB Type-C
  • WiFi Dual-band;, WiFi Direct

About HTC

Headquaters Taiwan
Brand Perception
Very Good
Service Quality
Good
Contact Info
Service Centre Locations