HTC U Ultra: It’s all about “U” or may be not?

Hello Everyone! This is all about the brand new HTC U ultra. First of all this is definitely the shiniest phone of all time and it also happens to be HTC’s first big smartphone of 2017 and coming to India with the price tag of 52,990/- INR.

So, this is definitely a high-end flagship smartphone and people who buy 50,000/- INR android smartphones, these are the pickiest of the bunch. That is the biggest enthusiastic people, who want the biggest and baddest phone, they can possibly get.

High-end Specifications

So, this seems to be what HTC is setting the tone with those people with. So, it’s rocking pretty high-end specifications like the snapdragon 820, Adreno 530 GPU, 4 GB of RAM and quality materials all around.

Mirror finish glassy back

htc u ultra specifications and review suratnow

Which means you haven’t seen many phones like this that are basically a mirror finish on the back it’s glass and metal, It’s got HTC skin over Android 7.0, some sweet colors are available and the cherry on top is of course, how great this thing looks.

Bigger than all

So, this thing might be a slipper of a great phone but the more you look into it, the more you use this thing, the more you understand the HTC U ultra, the more you realize this seems to be a really poor use of space.

htc u ultra bigger than all review suratnow

This is a big phone, I mean look at it’s footprint compared to things like the iPhone 7 Plus, the Galaxy Note 7 and even the Google Pixel XL, which stands for extra large and it’s bigger than all of those and even others with even smaller displays, it’s bigger than all of them.

Super Thin??? Nope, it’s thick.

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And it’s still 8mm thick. So, it’s also definitely not trying to be a super thin phone in any way. Either so, it seems like there should be all the room in the world to throw in every possible flagship feature and perk.

Design of Back from Galaxy S6

You have probably already realized this, the back of this phone definitely resembles with another certain rival’s flagship. Not the Galaxy S7, but the Galaxy S6 phone’s back.

design from galaxy s6 htc u ultra review suratnow

When there is a big hump on the back for the camera in the Galaxy S6, that’s when it looked the most likely HTC U Ultra.But of course, the next year Samsung made the phone a little bit thicker with all it’s new upgrades and bigger battery etc and ended up with much smaller camera hump on the back.

Useless and Big Camera Hump

camera hump htc u ultra suratnow

There should be no need for such a big hump on an even bigger phone of the HTC U Ultra. So, the bump in an already huge phone to me seems like a poor use of space and for the record, just having a camera bump isn’t always a big deal, but on the HTC U Ultra it is.

No room for Jack here either

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Then there is headphone jack or the lack of a headphone jack. Yes, no headphone jack at all in this Huge….. phone. Now, I understand USB Type-c is great and it’s the future and everything, but apple’s main reasons for getting rid of the headphone jack in the iPhone, besides courage was to save precious space in such a compact interior of a phone.

no room for jack in htc u ultra suratnow

Other manufacturers have sense to continued putting headphone jacks in their phones, because they don’t need that space and the port less feature is not quite here yet. HTC U Ultra definitely could have also, but U Ultra didn’t for some reason.

Average Battery for Huge phone

Seems like poor use of space and then the battery. The HTC U Ultra has a 3000 mAh battery. Which doesn’t seem that bad, but for context, yes something is a little bit off here.

htc u ultra battery life review suratnow

You would think that a phone this huge and this thick with this much internal space would have all the room in the world for may be a two-day battery life.

May be the biggest non-removable battery, they could have possibly sit, but that was a missed opportunity here and this phone is stuck with average battery life.

Small button and Smallest for Phone This Huge

At best seems like a pro use of space and even if you get a little picky there, these buttons down at the bottom of the phone have some pretty small touch targets and can’t help but think that.

Something just looks a little bit off about them, a bit out of place to the point where it took you a little bit of time to actually get used to pressing in the right spot.

htc u ultra button suratnow

With a screen and a phone this Huge……. HTC could have easily gone with on-screen customizable software buttons or at least given that option, somewhere in the menu, It’s 2017 after all.

But they didn’t, instead they went with the small permanent capacitive buttons way down, at the bottom. now, they could, if they wanted to drop that in a software update. So, I won’t rag too hard on that.

Fingerprint Reader too small for this size of phone

If they want to enable it, but may be they just wanted to have buttons on the side flanking a fingerprint reader, because they just really wanted a fingerprint reader, which is cool, you can put one there, but they managed to put one of the smaller ones, on any flagship phone even on one of the biggest phones out there.

Water Resistant?    Think Not!

high end specs of htc u ultra review suratnow

Seems like a poor use of space, this 53K INR phone is also not water resistant and with a body and all the internal spaces this big, you would think, they would be able to find the space to put the seams and the seals to make sure that it is water resistant, just like a lot of smaller flagships out there, but they didn’t.

Light Bleeding

Seems like a poor use of space and if you look in the sides and the corner, the display especially up at the top left corner, right underneath the webcam, you get some serious light bleed and you hardly ever notice actual light blade in any flagship smartphone.

htc u ultra light bleed suratnow

I don’t know if it is because in this phone the backlighting is too close to the display panel or if the insides are too clumped up, there next to the webcam to get that spaced evenly lit, I don’t know what the problem is but it is actually noticeable, that rarely is a problem for us on smartphones, so seems like a poor use of space again.

Tiny Stereo for Huge phone

It is also a huge phone with tiny stickers at the bottom, sure it is stereo pair but it is definitely not the loudest and it is definitely tinny at high volumes, poor use of space again.

Wireless charging? Not here!

You see what I am getting at, also most glass back phones like this have wireless charging, that is why they do it. If you have a metal phone, you can’t do wireless charging.

no wireless charger for htc u ultra suratnow

Because wireless charging doesn’t work through metal, but if you have this sort of a big glass back and a huge amount of internal space, you would think you could at least have wireless charging, but it doesn’t. Poor use of space.




Now, even all that is not the end of the world, I mean there is phones that are also lacking all of those things, We just talked about but they are also less than this price.

. So, I think at 53k INR in India, it’s pretty hard. So, I mean people who are buying phones at that price are looking for something really special and I don’t think you are getting that here.

Good Camera, Finally something is good!

I mean, there are definitely some good promising things about this phone, that had us psyched for HTC’s next phone. The camera, in this piece, it’s a 12 MP ultra-pixel camera and has a phase detection, auto focus.

htc u ultra camera review suratnow

That;s really fast and photos look very good. They can almost go toe to toe with the Google pixel. So, I am really impressed with that.

It also has expandable storage, which is definitely rare in most smartphones and appreciated in high-end flagship.

Second Display rip of the LG v20

The second display up at the top. Well, it is shameless rip of the LG V20, it’s also kind of useful sometimes, like the one in the LG V20, you get some apps shortcuts up there, if you want.

second display htc u ultra suratnow

I kind of like it, When the display is off and I raised to wake and I just get that little bit of notifications and the time and the date, that’s my favorite feature of the second display. But you know, if you don’t want to use it, you can turn it off as well.

Full Specifications:

Hardware Details
Network Support GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM Type Dual Nano SIM Cards (Dual Stand-by)
Display Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.7 inches (~69.7% screen-to-body ratio)
1440 x 2560 pixels (~513 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection (64 GB version)
Sapphire crystal glass Protection (128 GB version)
– Secondary display, 160 x 1040 pixels, 2.05 inches
Chipset Qualcomm® MSM8996  Snapdragon™ 821
Processor Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
RAM 4 GB RAM
Memory 64/128 GB Internal
microSD, up to 256 GB (Uses SIM 2 Slot)
Camera Primary: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, OIS, laser & phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features: 1/2.3” sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto-HDR, panorama
Secondary: 16 MP, 1080p, Auto-HDR
Video: 2160p@30fps (24-bit/192kHz audio), 720p@120fps
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Sensors Fingerprint reader (Front mounted), Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity
GPU Adreno 530
Operating System Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB v3.1 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
No FM Radio
Special Features – Photo viewer/editor
– Document viewer
– No Java Support
– Fast Battery Charging (Quick charge 3.0)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Reasons to Buy:

  • Good Camera
  • Handful Secondary Display
  • Fast Charging

Reasons to Don’t:

  • Poor use of space (want to repeat this 10 times here but it’s ok)
  • Average Battery life
  • Too small buttons
  • Too big camera hump
  • Over Priced
  • No headphone jack
  • Light bleeding near Selfie camera
  • Not water resistant even at this high price
  • Big for nothing



Buy From:

We suggest to re-think.

Source Model Price
amazon_m-buy-logo-suratnow  HTC U Ultra (Black, 64 GB)  amazon fulfilled 52,990/-
flipkart-buy-button-suratnow  HTC U Ultra (Black, 64 GB)  flipkart assured 54,900/-
flipkart-buy-button-suratnow  HTC U Ultra (Blue, 64 GB)  flipkart assured 56,900/-
128-128-9538401a2012ec56289daff4ca812ae6-amazon  HTC U Ultra (Black, 64 GB) amazon prime $673.99/-

Conclusion:

So, there is good stuff here, but aside from new HTC software, there is almost nothing for 53K Rs. that this phone does that, you can’t get somewhere else better or cheaper.

Just single question is making my head ache for HTC is that, why? why did you make this one? For what you keep that much of space in this?

So, with that I will say that don’t buy this one and you could pretty easily wait for the HTC 11 to come out pretty soon or just grab the Samsung Galaxy S8, When that comes out or an LG G6 or pretty much any other smartphone with price tag of 50k+ Rs, which will be better use of space than this one.

So, what do you think about this one? And what could be best alternate of this one. Leave your opinion in comment section below.

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