Yesterday, HTC reminds me of its existence with the introduction of HTC U Ultra. Sorry for being so blunt. With so many phones in the market, it is easy to sink into oblivion if you are not too careful. Spending millions on A-list celebrity won’t help, neither is having a chief creative who looked like a Jony Ive wannabe. Anyways, those are history. Right now. U Ultra is, well, all about you. It is about your sound holes, your selfie, your photos, and your everything. It is a large phone. Large by today’s standard, offered by a 5.7-inch QHD super LCD 5 display packing in 513 ppi which has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with curve edge for protection.
It has what HTC called ‘liquid surface’ that somehow, reflects light differently are different angle, or something like that. And oh, it has a second display too, which comes in at a tiny 2.05-inch, awkwardly position at the top of the main display, alongside the 16MP with HTC UltraPixel model, BSI sensor-equipped selfie camera. How that second display can be used, needs little to no imagination. Power comes from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 64-bit, of course, clocking in at 2.15 GHz, so I guess it ain’t too shabby. With the exception of a few handsets, notably those from Samsung, handset makers seem to have stuck in time at 4GB of RAM.
Speaking of memory, U Ultra gets 64GB storage which can be further expanded via a microSD card slot that supports up to a whopping 2TB. For the longest time, HTC has been quite proud of the imaging prowess of its handsets and the U Ultra is no exception. In addition to the somewhat overkilled selfie camera, it gets a 12MP HTC UltraPixel 2 camera with the now rather rudimentary Phase Detection AF, Laser Focus, OIS, dual-tone LED, et cetera. The main shooter also gets sapphire lens, which not many handsets tout. 4K recording is possible with 3D audio and Hi-Res audio to boot, and it has, of course, slow motion videoing in 720p at 120fps too.
Other details Android 7.0 O.S. overlaid with HTC Sense, bolstered by Sense Companion (HTC’s AI), HTC Usonic (read: adaptive sound), HTC BoomSound HiFi edition, 3D audio recording with 4 microphones, noise cancelation, motion launch, a 3,000 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0, 4G LTE radio (naturally), and the usual serving of sensors, fingerprint sensor, included. Comes in a choice of three colors, the HTC U Ultra is available for pre-order, unlocked, for $749. Delivery is expected to happen sometime in mid-March.
Before you jump right into it, you have to know, U Ultra has no headphone jack. Horror, I know, but it seems it like a fad now. Truely horrific fad far worst than skinny jeans.
|Android 7.0 with HTC Sense
HTC Sense Companion
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
64-bit Quad Core, up to 2.15GHz
5.7 inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels, 513 ppi)
Super LCD 5
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with curve edge
Display color personalization
2.05 inch (160x1040 pixels)
Extended: microSD up to 2TB (Use SIM2), Flex Storage supported
12MP (HTC UltraPixel™ 2 with 1.55μm pixel)
PDAF + Laser focus
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Dual tone LED flash
Self timer up to 10 seconds
Pro mode with manual control, 16 sec. long exposure, and RAW format support
Slow motion video ([email protected] fps)
4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res audio
16MP, with HTC UltraPixel™ mode
Auto selfie (keep still or smile)
Self timer up to 10 seconds
Full HD 1080p video recording
Quick Charge 3.0
|802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, DisplayPort
HTC Connect for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to compatible multi-room audio systems, TVs, portable speakers and home entertainment systems
Streaming media from the phone to compatible Chromecast, DLNA, Airplay, Miracast Devices
|Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Motion G-sensor, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Sensor Hub|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou|
|Playback: .3gp, .mp4, .m4a, .aac, .ts, .flac, .mp3, .mid, .ogg, webm, .mkv, .wav
Recording: .3gp, .aac, .flac, .mp4, .mkv
|162.41 x 79.79 x 7.99 mm, 170g|