HTC U Ultra with secondary 2-inch display & HTC Sense Companion launched in India: Full Specs and Price

HTC has launched its latest flagship smartphone in the all-new HTC U series, the HTC U Ultra at an event in India. The smartphone was first sighted in January when it was officially announced, and just last week, the company sent out invites for the phone’s launch event which took place today.

HTC U Ultra Invite
HTC U Ultra Launch Event Invite

What makes the U Ultra spectacular is its secondary display which was present on the LG V20 and gives you access to some extra useful functions alongside the ones the main display gives you. The U Ultra was announced alongside another new HTC smartphone in the series, the HTC U Play.

HTC U Ultra Specifications, Review and Highlights

HTC U Ultra Brilliant Black Colour

Display & Design

The HTC U Ultra comes with a 5.7-inch Super LCD 5 primary display with a Quad HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection for the standard 64GB ROM variant and Sapphire Glass protection for the 128GB ROM variant. It also has a 2.05-inch secondary display which is made with the same technology as the primary and has a 1040 * 160 pixel resolution and 520 PPI pixel density.

The phone is made of metal and both the front and back are covered with glass finishing, the rear glass being fully curved at all edges.

Storage & Processor

Under the hood, the HTC U Ultra is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with a 2.15 clock frequency and an Adreno 530 GPU.

It has 4GB of RAM and comes in 64GB and 128GB internal memory variants, both of which can be expanded up to 2TB via its microSD card slot.

Camera

The flagship smartphone sports a 12MP UltraPixel 2 camera with a dual-tone LED flash at the rear and a 16MP selfie shooter with UltraPixel mode and a f/2.0 aperture at the front.

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The rear camera can capture excellent pictures in low-light situations since it has a f/1.8 aperture. It also has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for capturing more stable images, and its Laser Autofocus (AF) feature allows it to focus on images faster.

Battery & Connectivity

It packs a 3000mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 feature which allows you to charge the battery up to 56% in just 30 minutes.

Like in recent HTC smartphones, the U Ultra lacks a 3.5mm audio jack and forces you to make all your connections through its USB 3.1 Type-C port. You can make wireless and seamless payment transactions with the phone since it comes enabled with NFC.

The phone comes with a hybrid dual Nano SIM slot and supports 4G LTE networks.

Software & Hardware

On the hardware side, the HTC U Ultra uses the HTC Usonic and BoomSound Hi-Fi audio technologies with 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones. It also sports a fingerprint sensor embedded into its home button present below the display.

The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC’s Sense UI layered on top. Software-wise, the HTC U Ultra comes with HTC’s new smartphone AI – HTC Sense Companion which learns about its user over time, offers advice based on his/her preferences, and helps the user to carry out tasks on the smartphone.

HTC U Ultra Full Phone Specifications

HTC U Ultra

General

Device BrandHTC
ModelU Ultra
AnnouncedJanuary 12, 2017
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2017
StatusAvailable
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Network

2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GHz
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 GHz
4G NetworkLTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
SIM TypeNano SIM
SIM CountDual Hybrid SIM

Data

2GGPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3GUp to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4GUp to 300/50 Mbps
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Web BrowserYes, HTML5

Design

TypeSmartphone
Dimensions162.4 * 79.8 * 8 mm
Weight170 g
BuildMetal Unibody Design.
Protectionn/a
ColorsSapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink & Ice White

Display

Display TypeSuper LCD 5 Capacitive touchscreen
Size5.7 inches
Resolution1440 * 2560 pixels
Colors16M colors
Pixel Density~513 ppi pixel density
Touch ScreenYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5/Sapphire Glass
Features~69.7% screen-to-body ratio
Secondary Display2.0 inches (Super LCD 5 | 1040 * 160 pixels | 520 PPI

Camera

12MP UltraPixel 2 Camera
f/1.8 aperture, 1.55µm pixel size, OIS, Laser & Phase Detection Autofocus, 1/2.3” sensor size
Yes
4K Video
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto-HDR, panorama
Yes, Dual-tone LED flash (Primary)
16MP
f/2.0 aperture & UltraPixel mode

Software

Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
HTC Sense
Yes
SkypeYes
WhatsappYes
FacebookYes
YoutubeYes

Hardware

64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (MSM 8996)
CPUQuad-Core 2.15 GHz
GPUAdreno 530
4GB RAM
Internal Storage64GB/128GB
Expandable up to 2TB (microSD) [hybrid]
Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass
Controls
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Connectivity

Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 A2DP, LE
Infraredn/a
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
Wi-fi HotspotYes
USB TypeYes; USB v3.1 Type-C reversible connector, USB On-the Go (OTG)
GPSYes, GPS + A-GPS + GLONASS + BDS
NFCYes
HDMIn/a
Yes (Qualcomm Fast Charge 3.0)

Battery

Battery TypeLi-Ion Battery
Capacity3000 mAh Battery
PlacementNon-removable
StandbyUp to 312 h (3G)
Talk TimeUp to 26 h (3G)
Music Play

Messaging

SMSYes (threaded view)
MMSYes
EmailYes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IMYes

Media

Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC
Video PlaybackYes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
n/a
Yes, FM radio No
Vibration, Ringtones
MP3, WAV
Yes
No

Other Features

– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

Availability and Price of HTC U Ultra in India

The HTC U Ultra comes in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White and Cosmetic Pink colours and will be available in India starting from the 6th of March. The smartphone comes with a one-year insurance and 7.5% cashback when you use your Standatd Charted card (debit or credit) to order it between the 6th and 31st of March.

The HTC U Ultra costs Rs. 59,999 in India, which in my opinion as is many others, overpriced for a smartphone that uses a MediaTek processor.

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