During today’s event, held in Taiwan, HTC announced a brand new, high-end smartphone, the U Ultra. What’s very curious is that during the whole presentation, the term flagship wasn’t mentioned at all, despite its impressive spec sheet.
Out of the box, the phablet comes with a massive 5.7″ display, rocking a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, as well as a secondary screen on top, similar to the one seen on the LG V20, for notifications.
The HTC U Ultra is powered by a Snapdragon 821 chip, alongside 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, expandable, using a microSD card slot. On the back, it features a 12 MP camera, with optical image stabilization and laser focus, while the selfie department is represented by a 16 MP snapper. Yes, that’s right, 16 MP!
However, things get even better if we take a look at this phone’s special features. The display is protected by sapphire cover glass, perfect for those who want a tougher smartphone. And it’s not a standard feature, users being able to opt either for this setup or for the regular Gorilla Glass 5.
HTC U Ultra is also the phone that introduces that manufacturer’s own AI assistant, similar to Google Pixel!
The audio department wasn’t ignored either, since it features U Sonic, a technology which adapts the audio reproduction to the user’s ears and works great with the included headphones. And speaking about headphones – you guessed it – the phone doesn’t come with a 3.5mm jack. Apparently, more and more manufacturers are adapting to the trend started by Apple!
HTC U Ultra Hands-On Images – TechnoBuffalo
For those of you fancying this new smartphone, we have some bad news: it won’t come for cheap. The 64 GB HTC U Ultra, with a display covered by regular Gorilla Glass 5, will retail at $749. It’s already available for pre-ordering, in the United States, and the orders will start shipping somewhere in mid-march. As for the 128 GB version, it comes with a Sapphire glass display, as mentioned above, being available at a whooping $910. The release date for this model wasn’t mentioned yet.
What are your first impressions about this handset? Would you buy the HTC U Ultra?