HTC U Ultra Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the HTC U Ultra, by HTC

- Analysis by Christelle Nina


The HTC U Ultra belongs to the distinct group of smartphones that give more emphasis to their front cameras than their rear ones in terms of the number of megapixels. Its 16-megapixel selfie shooter easily beats those of 2016's noteworthy flagship phablets, like the Google Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. It slacks a bit more in terms of its main camera, which comes in at 12-megapixels . While this isn't completely disappointing, it does put the U Ultra behind some of its early 2017 contemporaries.

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Display-wise, the most notable feature in this pros and cons list is its 160 x 1040, 2.05-inch second screen, which displays notifications or icons from applications that are frequently used by the owner. Additionally, its 2560 x 1440 main screen is at the forefront of what is currently being offered in its category as of February 2017. Although this advantage is offset a little bit by its 5.7-inch screen, it still leaves the user with a promising 513 DPI count .

HTC also noticeably gave attention to the U Ultra's audio and connectivity capabilities. It boasts of the USonic feature , which is an audio platform that's meant to "analyze the inner ear" to adapt the device's sound profile. The phablet's four microphones (a count that's not unheard of, but is still a relative-rare find) also lets its user record 3D audio . Aside from sporting a USB type-C port and a DisplayPort, the U Ultra also supports Chromecast, DLNA, Airplay, and Miracast, through the HTC Connect feature.

What may put off some potential buyers, however, is that its 3000mAh battery is potentially a limiting factor. This amount of power is by no means appalling, but it remains to be an unimpressive spec compared to similar models. This gives the U Ultra a relatively-shorter 26-hour talk time and 13-day stand-by . This dilemma can at least be alleviated by a rapid-charge feature and the standard power-saving mode -- which can be escalated to the curious-sounding Extreme power saving mode (if you're desperate enough).

The U Ultra's sophisticated enclosure wraps up (excuse the pun) this pros and cons review. Made of molded glass all around, it lends the smartphone a premium look and, presumably, feel.

On the whole, this early-2017 offering from HTC may find a home in the hands of an Android fan who's into high-resolution selfie cameras, extra audio and connectivity features, and premium aesthetics -- someone who wouldn't mind having to charge his device frequently or lug around a power bank to help the smartphone's battery keep up with the caliber of the device itself.

** This phone is also known as: HTC Ultra U


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