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  • Display : 5.7 inches, Super LCD 5
  • Max OS : Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Storage : 64 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • Body Material : Glass
  • Cameras : Rear: 12 MP, Front: 16 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 6.39, 3.14, 0.31 in.
  • Connectivity : 4G, VoLTE

After the HTC 10 (which while spoken of quite favourably by the tech aficionados, failed to pull in the sales), the company knew they needed change and stark change for that matter. HTC U Ultra is the first sign of that change.

The HTC U Ultra design is like no other HTC smartphone we have seen before. They have taken a radical approach, making a departure from HTC’s cold, all-metal design language prevalent since the original HTC One released way back in 2013, and introduces a new eye-catching curved glass design, Dual Display technology, and Artificial Intelligence technology.

The phone has a 5.7 inch QHD Super LCD display, in addition to which a secondary 2 inch display sits on top. Quite like the LG V20, the secondary display shows information such as favourite contacts, event alerts, weather, and reminders, ensuring to not disturb your main screen while you may be in the middle of doing something else.

The main display is sharp and throws natural colour, pleasant in a manner.

The phone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, backed by 4 GB of RAM. While the former is arguably the best in the market today, the 4 GB RAM is almost like the standard in this device range.

The 64 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to a whopping 2 TBs via a microSD card is quite certainly a plus. The phone runs on a 3,000 mAh battery, which could have been better but would probably last you the day.

The U Ultra also has a front mounted fingerprint sensor.

A huge plus is also going to be the cameras. While the rear camera, at 12 megapixels and  f/1.8 aperture, 26mm wide angle lens, Optical Image Stabilisation supported by Laser & Phase Detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, should definitely qualify for the market standard.

That said, it is the selfie shooter in the front that gathers our attention. The 16 megapixel front shooter for selfies is quite certainly quite new, especially given that most devices have a primary camera that is of a lesser resolution.

The HTC U Ultra is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts nano-SIMs. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

One of the things that the HTC U Ultra has done is dumping the headphone jack, quite like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It runs instead on USB Type-C audio, and the company has also included its HTC USonic in the box, which is quite good.

Ditching the headphone jack is a two-edged sword; while that’s where the world seems to be headed anyway, critics of it are many, and it has not found much support in everyday users. Yet.

The phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and it is the first to come with HTC’s Sense Companion app baked-in. The Sense Companion app is an Artificial Intelligence based assistant, that’ll tell you when to charge your phone, which of your friends are closest to you at any time and offer up recommendations for affordable restaurants if you’re a looking for one, amongst other things.

There are other cool things the phone does – it also comes with a four mic set-up which not only enables three dimensional audio capture in videos you shoot from the device, but also allows the handset to be ‘always listening’.
What this basically means is your phone will handle your commands more speedily and accurately, and you can do things like unlocking your phone just by talking to it!

While the company claims that HTC U Ultra is not it’s flagship device, all the above seems to say that it is.

The phone comes with an eye-catching design, innovative secondary display, Artificial Intelligence, voice recognition, a norm-breaking front camera, and a promise to stand out in the market.

It is only, however, the sales over the time that will decide the fate of this stellar device, and HTC’s next release (if anytime soon) will decide it’s flagship status, or not.

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