Our Opinion

The HTC U Ultra is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto Z, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the HTC U Ultra!

HTC U Ultra  Motorola Moto Z 
HTC U Ultra Motorola Moto Z
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Excellence Score
48.2
46.3
Value for Money Score
66.6
49.1
Price ₹ 22,190 onwards ₹ 39,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2017 Oct, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch) 1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Display Features Super LCD5, Secondary Display: 2.05 inch (160 x 1040 Pixels) AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.15 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Ranked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820Ranked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 530
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (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 F/1.8 Aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Laser Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag, Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs, 1.12um Pixel Size, Professional mode, Quick Capture, Best Shot, Tap anywhere to capture, 8X Digital zoom, Burst mode, Night mode, Auto HDR, Closed loop processing, Panorama, Tap to focus & exposure, Video Stabilization, Slow Motion video
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 5.0MP
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 Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, Wide-Angle lens, 1.4um Pixel Size, Auto Night mode, Beautification mode, Professional mode
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.99 mm 5.19 mm
Weight 170 gm 136 gm
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 2600 mAh
Battery Standby 312 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 26.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, TurboPower
Other Battery Parameters Battery Talktime (4G): upto 26 hrs, Battery Standby Time: upto 312 hrs Mixed usage up to 24 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 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; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration Fast Battery charging: up to 7 hours of power in 15 minutes (TurboPower); Barcodes, QR codes and Business cards scanner; Google Photos (Two years of storage at original quality); NFC; Moto Mods Connector; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sturdy, and well built
  • Premium all-metal design with aircraft-grade aluminum frame
  • Cutting-edge, ambitious, but very well implemented modular/make-your-own-phone design is the defining factor here
  • Customization here isn't about what your phone looks like, it's about what it does!
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Excellent AMOLED display - deep blacks, vibrant colors, excellent viewing angles, and excellent sunlight legibility
  • Simple, stock Android interface with some of Motorola's signature gesture features that add plenty of value
  • Smooth, effortless speed/performance
  • Camera is pretty good overall, though not mind-blowing
  • Snap-on "Moto Mods" give your phone a meatier battery, turn it into a boombox for your weekend cookout or transform it into a video projector for an impromptu movie night! (The ecosystem of accessories is already good, and the company is lining up more partners)
  • Good battery life - lasts the day with moderate use
  • Turbocharging support - takes only about 1 hour 10 minutes for a full recharge
  • World's thinnest phone at 5.19mm!
  • The magnetic "mods" are practical and easy to use
  • Motorola's whole magnetic take on the modular ecosystem is simpler and more approachable than Google's intricate (and still developing) Project Ara, as well as easier to use than LG's G5
  • You can change Mods in seconds and won't have to power off the phone to do so
  • Slimmer "Style Shells" are also available, to stylize the phone
  • Although the 'mods' are the primary draw for the phone, but even without considering the mods, the Moto Z is, on the whole, a powerful, stylish phone with a lot to offer
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Tends to get a little hot when dealing with heavy apps/games
  • The missing standard (3.5mm) headphone jack on the phone means that you won't be able to easily use your regular earphones with the phone (though compatible earphones come included in the box, as well as a USBC-3.5mm adapter)
  • The mods need to, of course, be purchased separately
  • Buy the Moto Z and a mod or two if you want to be part of the future today, but if you are looking for a more "standard" handset, the OnePlus 3 (better value) or Samsung Galaxy S7 (better camera) may be better choices
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  1. The performance numbers are in line with other top flagships of the year
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Ambitious, quirky and ultimately useful, the Motorola Moto Z is the most polished and customizable modular phone yet
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The world's thinnest smartphone is also the best modular phone
    in.techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Even without considering the mods, the new Moto Z is a powerful, stylish phone with a lot to offer
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
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