While I did not expect the HTC U Ultra to have any wow factor this year considering that its launch was pretty quiet with LG taking over the show with the launch of LG G6 at MWC, the HTC U Ultra actually impressed me a LOT.
Okay, so what is great with HTC U Ultra?
HTC U Ultra is the next flagship phablet that rivals bigger smartphones like LG V20 and Galaxy Note 7. With Samsung’s Note 7 gone bizarre with its exploding batteries, there is now a hole to be filled and HTC U Ultra fits the bill for those of you who prefer larger-sized smartphones. In fact, there’s no other flagship phone with 5.7-inch screen launched this year and last year other than the LG V20. And no, I don’t consider cheap Chinese budget phones to be in the same phablet class (that’s reserver for the “budget” phablet class).
With a 5.7-inch 1440P Super LCD5 screen and a secondary screen, the HTC U Ultra has almost identical screen specs to LG V20. In fact, HTC probably copied LG V20/V10 while making the HTC U Ultra. But that’s not a bad thing at all, the HTC U Ultra is simply another variation of LG V20, which I consider the best 5.7-inch smartphone out “right now”. While HTC hasn’t spent a lot of money on advertising, it seems that they have done their homework and its latest UI/software has gotten much better with less HTC makeover and more of Google’s pure OS.
Camera on HTC U Ultra include a 12MP F1.8 shooter that has both laser auto-focus and PDAF(Phase Detection Auto Focus) along with OIS and 16MP front camera. Although I will have to do extensive camera testing before I give you my final opinion, the HTC U Ultra seems to have an excellent camera.
Overall, I am really impressed with the HTC U Ultra. While many of HTC’s previous flagships were smaller 5.2-inch devices, HTC has finally dumped it for a phablet class device with a 1440P display. As a phablet lover, HTC U Ultra definitely is going to be one of my favorite 5.7-inch devices. Not impressed? Well, let me use it for one more week and I should have a full review.
I’ve also took some high-res photos using my 42MP Sony A7Rii, so check them out below! (Click on photo to enlarge to 4K!)
(HTC U Ultra comes with its own hard-cover case.)
(Naked, the HTC U Ultra’s back is super shiny, it is a great mirror plus fingerprint magnet.)
(Very simple and minimalistic design for the back, I like it!)
(Secondary screen is vivid and bright, I think it is better than LG V20.)
(Screen is beaaaaaautiful.)
(Fingerprint sensor works flawless, only thing I don’t like is the reverse order of Menu and Back buttons which you can’t switch.)
(HTC U Ultra is also very thin!)
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