Specs summary

Screen
5.7"

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

Processor
2.15GHz

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

OS

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

Camera
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.
Storage
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.

Battery
3000mAh

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).



The U Ultra is missing too many flagship features to justify its high price.

- Dan Graziano , Cnet 

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

7.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 16 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 (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


NDTV

Good performance, excellent camera

from NDTV

The U Ultra is meant for buyers who don't have any budget limitations and don't care about detailed specifications. It's a statement piece, and as such, it succeeds. It does score well for its design, display, and camera, but subjectively, you don't get a lot of the finesse that you do with other existing phones. With its awkward second screen, overall bulk and ordinary battery life, and with a marquee feature like Sense Companion up in the air, it's very hard to recommend this phone at this price. If you do care about getting the most bang for your buck, our best advice is to wait at least... Full review

Cnet

This gorgeous big phone costs too damn much

from Cnet
The U Ultra is a fully capable device. The 5.7-inch Quad HD display is gorgeous, the speakers are loud and the fingerprint sensor is fast. The camera is decent and while the Snapdragon 821 processor may not be the latest and greatest, the phone's performance was never an issue. It all comes down to the price and size of the device. It's simply too big to hold comfortably and too expensive for what it offers. When you pay a premium price, you expect premium features. This isn't the case with the U Ultra... Full review
Android Authority

HTC U Ultra review

from Android Authority
The HTC U Ultra brings top tier specifications, a great camera, and dual displays to the high-end smartphone market, but for $750, it lacks any truly compelling features and becomes more difficult to justify with the removal of the headphone jack, small battery, and lack of ingress protection... Full review
Engadget

Bad decisions in a beautiful body

from Engadget

I can't stress this enough: The HTC U Ultra is not a bad device. It's beautiful, well-built and plays home to a lot of good ideas. I think HTC was right to build a big phone, and the way it wants to subtly integrate an AI assistant into that second screen is genuinely smart. It's just unfortunate that the good ideas here have been obscured by bad design decisions and what seems to be a terminal a lack of focus. Now, it's very, very possible we'll see another flagship phone from HTC before the year is over. For the company's sake, I hope it takes a hard look at what the U Ultra does and does... Full review

GSMArena

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

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