• Operating System: Android 7.0 (Nougat) with HTC Sense
  • System on Chip: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
  • CPU: Quad-Core (2x2.15 GHz Kyro & 2x1.6 GHz Kyro)
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB expandable with microSD up to 2 TB
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh
  • Display: 5.7-inch
  • Camera: 12-megapixel (Rear), 16-megapixel (Front)
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, HTC Connect
  • Dimensions: 162.4x79.8x8 mm
  • Weight: 170g
  • Pros:
  • Good-looking
  • Big screen
  • Cons:
  • 3,000mAH battery
  • No headphone jack
  • Camera bump
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 136,672 points
  • PCMark for Android: 5,135 points
  • 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 2,018 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme: 13,388 points
  • 3DMark Sling Shot: 2,792 points

Are You Ultra Enough?

Being a veteran in the smartphone scene, HTC has to constantly reinvent itself to provide customers a fresh experience with each new phone. This time, HTC decided to do so with the HTC U Ultra.

At first glance, the Ultra is a monster of a phablet. Its sheer size completely overshadows the HTC One M9, sporting a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and an additional screen above the main screen. The second display, is only 2.05-inches big and acts as a notification or shortcut bar, which you can customise. For example, you can switch music by just tapping on the smaller screen, and swiping left or right. Sadly, a protruding camera bump is present on the phablet, but you can rectifiy that little niggle using the transparent casing that’s bundled together. For people who do not enjoy using cases, then this camera bump might prove to be a nuisance especially in pockets.

Powered by the Snapdragon 821, this device is no softie. It handles even the newest games and more without stutters or lag. However, Android phones tend to get slower after using it for a long time, so we’re not sure how it performs then.

Another major point worth talking about is the battery life on the device. When a bigger screen is present on a device, you would think they’d increase the battery capacity sizably. However, HTC decided on a 3,000 mAh battery. This was disappointing to see, but a 3,000 mAh is still decent and should easily last you a full day if you use the device conservatively.

With how things are progressing currently, some companies have been ditching the headphone jack and HTC decided to follow the trend. Luckily, you can connect headphones to the device if you have a USB Type-C converter. And speaking of that, bundled together in the package is HTC’s USonic Adaptive Earphones. USonic analyses your inner ear structure and adapts the sound profile to suit your hearing, making your sound profile unique to you.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a decent phone with some major drawbacks. But the recent cut in price makes it a little bit more viable.

(previously published in issue May 2017)

HTC U Ultra