HTC U Ultra

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HTC U Ultra
BrandHTC U
SloganUltra It Reflects U
SeriesHTC U
First releasedFebruary 2017; 6 years ago (2017-02)
RelatedHTC U Play
Dimensions162.4 mm (6.39 in) H
79.8 mm (3.14 in) W
8 mm (0.31 in) D
Mass170 g (6.0 oz)
Operating systemAndroid "Nougat" 7.0; Android "Oreo" 8.0 with HTC Sense 8.0; Unofficial: Android 12 via LineageOS
System-on-chipQualcomm Snapdragon 821
CPUQuad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)
GPUAdreno 530
Memory4 GB RAM
Storage64 or 128 GB
Removable storageMicroSD up to 2TB
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Display5.7 inch Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for the 64 GB model and Sapphire crystal glass for the 128 GB model.
1440 × 2560 pixels (~513 ppi pixel density)
External display160 × 1040 pixels, 2.05 inches
SoundHTC USonic
HTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi edition
3D Audio recording with 4 microphones
Hi-Res audio stereo recording
Hi-Res audio certified
Rear camera12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, OIS, laser & phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
1/2.3 in. sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto-HDR, panorama
Front camera16 MP, 1080p, Auto-HDR
ConnectivityWi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE
NFC: Yes
USB: v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
WebsiteOfficial website

The HTC U Ultra is an Android-based smartphone manufactured and sold by HTC. It was released in February 2017. It was one of the first two devices of the new HTC U series (with the other being the HTC U Play).



The HTC U Ultra has a glass body with a non-removable 3000 mAh battery, a 5.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 2.05-inch secondary display similar to the LG V20. The rear camera has a 12 megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization, dual LED flash, and a f/1.8 aperture with support for HDR. The front camera has a 16 megapixel sensor that shoots 1080p video and has an auto-HDR mode. Internal storage is either 64 or 128 gigabytes with support for microSD cards up to 256 GB and it weighs 170 grams.[1]


The HTC U Ultra ships with Android 7.0 Nougat overlaid with the HTC Sense UI. It is upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo.


The HTC U Ultra received mixed to negative reviews.

Android Police's David Ruddock liked the phone's large size and the high-gloss glass construction of the phone as well as the "lighter touch" of HTC's Sense skin that "includes some useful software tweaks", but lamented its lack of a headphone jack, its "poor battery life" which he attributed to the "awful" screen to battery ratio, its lack of carrier support and no ruggedization features and its $750 price, which he felt was "simply way too much".[2]

Andrew Martonik of Android Central praised the phone's "fantastic" performance, the "great" screen, "stunning" hardware, lack of bloatware the fact that the phone came unlocked and that it "absolutely nails the basics" but derided its "2016-level camera performance", lack of a headphone jack, the lack of utility for the second screen, no water resistance and the phone being too big for most hands. In the quick take he said "HTC continues to get the basics right with flagships. The U Ultra has a great screen, amazing build quality and stunning design. You get just about every spec inside you'd expect, and the day-to-day performance as a result is fantastic with a super-smooth software experience. Unfortunately, HTC's camera performance once again lags behind the pack, its secondary display is all but useless and there's no headphone jack or water resistance — all in a phone that's charging a premium price of $749."[3]

Writing for ZDNet, Matthew Miller singled out the gorilla glass on the front and back, the "high quality fit and finish", the "vibrant" BoomSound speakers and the "good" quality of the included earbuds as pros, but panned its large size, lack of a headphone jack, no water resistance and "average battery life and called the back a "fingerprint magnet". In the conclusion he stated "As it is, there are just too many compromises at the $749 price for me to commit to one now."[4]

Further information[edit]


  1. ^ "HTC U Ultra - Full phone specifications". GSMArena. Archived from the original on 10 January 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ Ruddock, David (16 March 2017). "HTC U Ultra review: As confusing as it is pretty". Android Police. Archived from the original on 17 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ Martonik, Andrew (17 March 2017). "HTC U Ultra review: A beautiful group of questionable decisions". Android Central. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  4. ^ Miller, Matthew (16 March 2017). "HTC U Ultra review: This gorgeous device is just too big, shiny and expensive". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 18 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
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