HTC U Ultra

price Rs. 59,900 onwards | launch Feb, 2017
magic score ?
<50
average value for money
our verdict: avoid
ranked
#10
of 20 phones in over Rs. 50,000

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 9 expert reviews

What We Liked

  • Arguably the most sumptuous, and beautifully designed Android phone available today - made almost entirely of glass - 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
  • Fast charging support - topping up 33% of your battery in 20 minutes

What We Didn't

  • Pretty large 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 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
  • 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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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
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average brand rating
2.97/5
(Below Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for all phones launched by this brand in recent times
brand perception
Very Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys