HTC U Ultra starts shipping this Friday

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Nearly two months after making its official debut, the HTC U Ultra is ready to launch.

HTC recently updated its U Ultra product page to say that the device will begin shipping to buyers on March 10. Pricing for the unlocked HTC U Ultra is $749, and it’s currently available from HTC in blue, black, and white color options.

The U Ultra has a few features that HTC likes to highlight. One is its secondary display, a 2.05-inch 160×1040 screen above the main 5.7-inch 2560×1440 display that can give you quick access to app shortcuts, contacts, notifications, and more. And then there’s the Sense Companion, an assistant that learns from your usage and makes recommendations based on it, like recommending a restaurant if you’re away from home.

HTC is also touting the U Ultra’s camera performance. It’s got a 12-megapixel rear camera with features like phase detection autofocus, laser focus, optical image stabilization, and a pro mode with manual controls. Meanwhile, the front camera features a 16-megapixel sensor.

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Other features of the HTC U Ultra include a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, a 3000mAh battery, and a USB-C port that you’ll use for charging and for plugging in headphones since there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack here. On the software side, the U Ultra comes preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat.

HTC sells the U Ultra unlocked with support for GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 3G UMTS AWS/850/900/1900/2100, and LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12,17, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, and 41. When I asked about support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling on T-Mobile, HTC’s Jeff Gordon said, “I can confirm VoLTE and WiFi Calling on the HTC U Ultra will work with T-Mobile.”

The HTC U Ultra has a nice look thanks to its glass front and back, but because it’s not being offered by T-Mobile, you’ll need to live the unlocked life (aka the one without EIP or JOD) if you want that glass body to be yours. To get a closer look at the U Ultra, you can visit HTC’s product page at the link below.

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  • Sweet device!

  • thepanttherlady

    This is the first HTC device I have liked for a few years now. Alas, I just purchased the Mate 9 and repurchased the Axon 7. Decisions, decisions…

    • Acdc1a

      I like it but know it will be $549 before summer.

      Too bad this wasn’t brought to the carriers.

      • thepanttherlady

        Agreed. I am really enjoying the Mate 9 right now and haven’t even taken the Axon 7 out of the box. I think I’ll wait on this for the price to drop as well.

  • MattPortland

    I believe HTC said there would be a 10 sucessor this summer.

  • Mr.Bean

    The battery is pretty small to power the big display and secondary display. Also removing the headphone jack isn’t going to help HTC.

    • MattPortland

      Didn’t hurt iPhone that much.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Apple has much more sheep

        • MattPortland

          Point taken.

      • JJCommonSense

        Apple could create a phone that u have to scratch and sniff to keep the screen on and the herd would follow… And id be investing in fingertip accessories lol

        • MattPortland

          I’m using the iPhone 7 Plus currently but I can’t wait to get rid of it.

  • kev2684

    Huge step backwards for HTC. They just copied Samsung and LG for this one and called it a day instead of further refining what magnificent of a device HTC One series is. It’s not even IP68 like most high-end flagships shipping this year….

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      A non issue for those who dont shower or swim with their phones

      • JJCommonSense

        Say whaaatt?? There are still people out there that DONT take their phone in the shower with them? Remind me to unfriend them.. lol
        But seriously, for the price of this HTC u could get 2 V20s (at least at the $360 price I got mine).. if ur gonna charge premium prices, u need to provide premium devices. In 2017 having a device that u can handle with wet hands, or not have to flip out about because your 3yo niece decided to throw her toy and knock over a glass of water next to your phone… its kind of a requirement.

        • Brad

          You’ll need two V20, when the one goes into a reboot loop and the other one the GPS dies! I’ll glad to get a real phone that will be trouble free again since my V10 and V20 issues.

        • JJCommonSense

          Well so far its been good. However my S7E is the main phone aNd the v20 is a backup…. But u act like HTC or anybody else doesnt have their share of problems…. If HTC was all that they wouldn’t be strugglin like they are. I’m not doubting that this will be a great phone.. Im doubting the value when u factor in the price..

        • Brad

          You can get a bad phone from anyone, but for LG to know of a known issue with the Motherboards on the G3, G4, G5, V10 and V20 and will not do anything once the factory warranty is up is the problem. High end phones should last over a year or two! My HTC One and 9M are still going unlike my V10 (13 months) and V20 (2 replacements within 2 months). Don’t even get me started on the Samsung S4,S5, and Note 7!

        • JJCommonSense

          2 years? Impressive Well good for you.. And there’s a million people that could make the same argument for each other device out there….. Just so happens that theres millions MORE in the corner of the other manufacturers.. Again im not saying that this wont be a good phone., my issue is with the pricing for such a marginally impressive phone from a company thats gasping for marketshare.

        • JJCommonSense

          And not only that.. The 2nd screen? Really? I mean damn, they could have at least switched the position of screen 2 with the front facing camera, or put it on the bottom, maybe even allow it to function as the home row when the screen is on and always on for notifications and other stuff when the screen is off. But they copied the V20.. Not saying that the v20 is even all that (again, it was a good DEAL) but for an almost $800 price tag, i want something that doesnt look and function just like the device thats sellin for half the price…. If HTC wants to get back to mainstream relevancy they need to really knock it out the park with their flagships and not some ME 2 device with an AI system that has to learn you (so it’ll be a while before u can fully enjoy that feature), and a camera with a bunch of nicely labeled attributes “ultrapixel..AAHHH” thats almost as good as the market leaders in the price segment. Unless they’re content with where they stand in the industry which might not be so good for those investors…

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Or dont be a sheep to trends and make it your own. Instead of whining speak with your money and get one that you feel suits you. The s7 is cheap nowadays

        • JJCommonSense

          Hey hey now dont go getting your panties in a bunch. If you want to pay top tier for last years tech, be my guest.. hope u love it. Nobody is whining over here I’m speaking from a business prospective. Apple is in a position where they can offer mid-range tech at a premium price, Samsung is too although they’re definitely feeling the pressure from other makers.. HTC isn’t in that same position…. they went from being a market leader to not even being considered in the rankings for global market share. Thats a problem. If they expect to draw “sheep” from any of the other herds, they’re going to have to come up with a pretty compelling reason as to why any of us “sheep” would want to divert our dollars to them. This U Ultra just doesn’t cut it AT that price point. And if they ever want to reclaim any of the glory they had during Android’s early days they’re going to have to go balls deep to innovate and properly price their products in order expand their customer base. One of the best phones of last year was manufactured by HTC but they cant even claim the recognition for it..

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          The paragraph of a whiny kid haha

        • MattPortland

          1) He’s not whining and 2) he’s right.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          He is merely whining nothing more

        • MattPortland

          Just keep telling yourself that, sweetheart.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Haha

        • Melissa P

          Question.. I have the HTC m9 didn’t upgrade to the 10 cause at the time they didn’t have it.. add on the 2yr bull.. so I’ve been googling and trying to read reviews on this phone.. you caught my attention when you said about ” paying top money for last year’s tech.. so can you help me pick a phone.. I’ve always had the HTC so I’m used to that.. plus SHIT Sprint won’t even carry it. I need a new phone.. Android.. much appreciated

        • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

          Pretty soon you will have the S7 Edge for 400 again like T-Mobile had them last week..And jump on the T-Mobile wagon..Get jump on demand and no more you have to wait 2 years two change phones..You can jump 2 times a year you be like leasing the phone, just don’t go crazy buying cases and accessories for it if you’ll be jumping often anyway.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Such like the iphone, made my fox conn with Samsung parts

    • Mike

      I think y’all are missing the point. HTC is charging a high price for this phone when other phones in the same price range has IP68 rating. Why pay $750 for this phone when the G6 and S8 is around the corner. Seriously this phone should be priced around $650 . Nokia is smart pricing their phones in the mid range. At least Nokia is smart enough not to price their phone to high since Apple and Samsung has that market on lock right now.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Whiny whiny

    Still going on?

    • JJCommonSense

      Oh girl hush heaux…

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Still going?

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