Specs summary


The HTC U Ultra's screen is 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad core 2.15 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 13 days standby time, 1560 minutes (3G).

It's a massive slab of metal and glass that offers a premium experience at a premium price.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

Based on 12 reviews

What's good  

  • Great looks
  • Blazing performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • Large, bright display
  • Powerful audio
  • Bloat-free Android experience
  • QuickCharge 3.0

What's bad  

  • Poor low-light camera performance
  • No headphone jack or adapter
  • Overall value versus the competition

The new line of HTC devices are turning heads. In their usual style, the HTC Ultra U offers a look you won’t find anywhere else paired with a respectable set of specs. But this doesn’t always mean success for HTC.

Is their glossy new phablet worth the investment? Reviews are in and we’ve read them all to bring you this summary!

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Reviews on the looks of the U Ultra’s all-glass back and slim design are overwhelmingly positive. They particularly loved the sapphire color. While many worried about fingerprints on the gloss finish, most found the phone exceptionally easy to wipe clean. Phone Scoop called the phone “absolutely gorgeous.” After a week of regular use, PC Magazine noted, “the phone didn't pick up any scratches despite sharing a pocket with keys and loose change.”

One issue that is still dividing reviewers is the lack of headphone jack. HTC also doesn’t include a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, so you’ll need to use the headphones included or buy an adapter separately. Fortunately, the included USonic earbuds received great reviews.

Heading around front, you’re greeted with a 5.7-inch 1440-by-2560 display. There’s also a secondary display tucked next to the camera to show notifications. Reviewers found that the feature worked well, but they often forgot to use it. Recombu summed up opinions of the display well, calling it “nothing short of stunning at any angle.”

The only complaint found was from Pocket Lint. They noted, “When scrolling through text when in night mode, there's obvious red ghosting which we find distracting - especially if you're flicking through a website or menu.”

Using the same processor as most early-2017 flagships--the 2.15Ghz Snapdragon 821--the U Ultra received no complaints for performance either. Good Gear Guide said, “Everything flies along as fast as you’d hope and responsiveness is almost instant.”

That said, the 2K display and powerful processor appeared to take their toll on battery life. While many flagships can last a day plus on a single charge, reviewers found their phones only lasted a full day. Though it did so with a little room to spare even under heavy use. The 3,000mAh battery is also QuickCharge 3.0 compatible, offering a full charge in just over an hour with the included charger.

HTC is known for their subtle hand at skinning Android. Their latest Sense UI running on top of Android 7.0 Nougat is no exception. Reviewers were pleased with the clean look and lack of bloatware.

The phone is available with either 64 or 128GB of storage. Should you need more, the microSD slot makes it easy to add up to 2TB of storage space in seconds.

HTC is touting their UltraPixel cameras with their newest line of phones. The U Ultra comes with a 12MP rear camera and a 16MP front-facing selfie lens. Indian Express summed up the general opinion on camera quality, saying, “While the HTC UltraPixel branding doesn’t mean much for the ordinary consumer, as far as smartphone cameras go this does an excellent job when you have great lighting.”

Unfortunately, in low light, many reviewers felt the camera couldn’t keep up with similarly priced competitors.

One of the features that always stands out on HTC phones is the audio experience. Their new phablet doesn’t disappoint here either. While the mono speaker received so-so reviews, reviewers loved the included earbuds and the audio quality offered by their HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi processing.

In the end, the biggest concern for most reviewers was the price. Tom’s Guide summed up the overall opinion in their verdict, saying, “But with a starting price of $749, subpar battery life and a digital assistant that’s not yet ready for its debut, the U Ultra is an alluring phone I wish HTC had spent a little more time polishing.” However, if you can find a good deal, reviews indicate the phone holds its weight against the best of best in early 2017.

Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)


All that glitters

from GSMArena
The HTC U Ultra is a fine phone and we enjoyed our time with it. But we had to return our review unit and we'd be reluctant to pay HTC's asking price to get it back. You see, the U Ultra picked a fight with some of the best 2016 flagships and didn't win. And the 2017 flagships are already arriving. And we'd forgive all of that if the price was decent - what HTC is charging is not going to fly - not on the enthusiast's market where the top-dollar purchases are made... Full review
Android Community

A beautiful group of questionable decisions

from Android Community
HTC made about 80% of a great flagship smartphone, but is choosing to sell it for 100% of a flagship price. Time after time, HTC continues to absolutely nail the basics: excellent design, perfect hardware execution, a top-notch display, great internals and fast software are all here. But then there are odd stumbles: no headphone jack, puzzlingly weak low-light camera performance, a small battery and distractingly tacked-on "artificial intelligence" software... Full review
Fone Arena

Not so great camera and performance that is always marginally lacking

from Fone Arena
The HTC U Ultra is a drop dead gorgeous phone. If nothing else, the design alone is something that truly sets is apart. From the beautiful blue color and the ultra glossy back panel, the U Ultra almost looks like a piece of jewellery. Unfortunately, that’s more or less the best aspect of the HTC U Ultra... Full review
Android Police

As confusing as it is pretty

from Android Police
The U Ultra is pretty, expensive, and flawed. It's a shame, because I think HTC's design team is still doing good work here - the Ultra is undeniably striking, and I've received many questions about the phone during my test period. Unfortunately, that interest tends to fade quickly when I start describing the battery life... Full review
The Indian Express

This beauty is overpriced

from The Indian Express
HTC U Ultra is a gorgeous looking phone, and it works like a charm. It comes with the latest Android Nougat 7.0 with the Assistant already here on this phone. The camera is great, though not yet in the iPhone league... Full review
PC Magazine

Expensive and feels a bit half-baked

from PC Magazine
The HTC U Ultra is a gorgeous phone with powerful hardware and some unique features. But it doesn't feel finished. It doesn't ship with a headphone adapter, HTC's Sense Companion isn't ready yet, and camera performance clearly needs some fine-tuning... Full review
Tom's Guide

A big-screen gem that needs more polish

from Tom's Guide
There's a lot to like about the HTC U Ultra, including its liquid-metal design, handy second screen and rich stereo speakers. However, with its below-average battery life, still-unavailable digital assistant and $750 price tag, it's hard to recommend this device over either the Google Pixel XL or the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge... Full review
Good Gear Guide

Looks stunning, fast at everything

from Good Gear Guide
HTC's flagship phone brings some interesting features to the top of the market including great looks and 24-bit audio. But there's better value elsewhere... Full review
Phone Scoop

Combines an attractive design with a solid spec sheet

from Phone Scoop
It's pretty easy to say the U Ultra is HTC's finest phone. You will not find a more visually arresting smartphone on the market. HTC designed an eye-pleasing piece of hardware. I dare you not to fall in love with the hero blue color. HTC made some serious missteps, however, that may be problematic... Full review

High quality design, unique looks, good camera performance

from Pocket-lint
The HTC U Ultra sets out its stall in a strange position. It's a big screen phone from HTC that part embodies some of the company's previous traits (it's a Sense experience that's well-built), while introducing a new, unique finish. It's certainly striking to look at... Full review

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