HTC U Ultra review
Ultra performance, Ultra size
Our UK HTC U Ultra review highlights a high-performance smartphone that goes well beyond the offering that we discovered in our HTC U Play review.
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Phablet sized dual display
The HTC U Ultra has a phablet sized 5.7” Super LCD display with a new Dual Display configuration. This sees the main Quad HD display, with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels at 513 pixels per inch, topped by a second display area.
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The benefit of this configuration is that you can get updated without interrupting the action on the main display. Information that is displayed here includes notification events, contacts and app shortcuts.
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The display glass is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and this has a curved edge for a smooth feel when swiping in or out.
Liquid surface and Qualcomm processor
The HTC U Ultra has HTC’s new liquid surface design, which is contoured, symmetrical and highly reflective with your colour choice bonded to multiple layers within the glass surface. Overall the phone is on the heavier side of things at 170g but it is thin with a body that ranges from 3.6-7.99mm.
The experience is high-end and lag free, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 2.15GHz processor with a large 4GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
Security and content
The HTC U Ultra offers biometric security with a fingerprint sensor built into the home key. You can set up to five fingerprints, making the phone family friendly, if so desired.
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Content from your old smartphone or iPhone can be easily transferred onto the generous 64GB internal memory. If needed, you can slide up to a 2TB microSD card into the memory slot and seriously bolster the memory.
The HTC U Ultra features HTC USonic with 3D Audio. The USonic earphones use sonic pulses and tiny microphones to map your unique inner ear. It then uses this data to tailor the sound just for you, ensuring that you hear the parts that may otherwise have been missing.
The U Ultra also comes with HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers and these have a separated sound design, with tweeter above and woofer below.
HTC Sense Companion
The HTC Sense Companion works by learning what you do and when. It then uses this info to give proactive lifestyle suggestions, reminders and recommendations for restaurants and alike.
Voice recognition is at the core of the software and this allows you to use your voice to snooze the alarm, start hands free navigation, reject calls, send a message or unlock the phone.
Unlike the U Play, the HTC U Ultra has Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and this gets a design twist with the HTC Sense user interface.
Camera & Video
12MP main camera
The 12MP main camera has a super fast focus, utilising a laser focus and Phase Detect Auto Focus. Protected behind a durable Sapphire lens, the camera can shoot in Pro Mode with advanced features, such as a 16 second long exposure and RAW format support, for professional grade editing with six times more image data.
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The HTC U Ultra’s camera has bigger pixels for shooting in low light and a number of innovative video recording features.
This includes slow motion video recorded at 720p quality at 120fps and 4K video recording with 3D audio. The 3D audio recording is achieved through four omnidirectional microphones that work together to capture positional sound.
16MP / Ultra Selfie camera
The Ultra Selfie camera can shoot high resolution 16MP photos or it can be switched into UltraPixel Mode. UltraPixel Mode lessens the resolution in order to capture more light, giving better results under situations such as candlelight or at dusk.
To ensure beautiful results you can take advantage of Live Makeup, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Selfie Panorama and Full HD video recording.
High capacity battery
The HTC U Ultra has a high capacity 3,000mAh battery and it needs it, thanks to that over-sized display. This is enough to give up to 26 hours of talk time or up to 13 days standby.
To increase the user friendliness, the HTC U Ultra has an Extreme Power Saving Mode and Quick Charge 3.0.
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Written by: Michael Brown