HTC has long been, as they say, is not the same. When a company fought on equal footing with Samsung, LG, Sony and — Oh, there were times — Nokia, and the “real” Chinese (then still in Taiwan!) she didn’t even look down, but just could not see them. Now, the company records a continuous losses and finds itself among the largest manufacturers of smartphones. Last year, the ice seemed a little blurry, but HTC 10 had no impact on the situation (at least positive), and Google Pixel impressed the journalists, entering into all sorts of tops the best smartphone of the year, and showed that HTC still knows how to make good smartphones… but also not brought special dividends.

It’s time to take drastic measures? Maybe it’s time. Consider whether such a measure the release of HTC U Ultra – “more flagship”? Let’s talk about that, too. Company it abuts not on the technical features (additional display ultraextra front camera) or atypical design, and software platform capabilities Sense and virtual assistant Sense Companion in particular. HTC U Ultra the move starts to bombard the endless updates and to offer assistance in a variety of situations – HTC decided to ride in fashion now machine learning. Remembering the days when Sense was really advanced and seemed like a real saving in comparison with the rather ugly stock Android, still want at the start to ask another question: does the user need alternate Google Now?


HTC U Ultra HTC 10 Samsung Galaxy S8 LG G6 Honor 8 Pro
Display 5.7 inch, IPS, 2560 × 1440 pixels, 513 ppi, capacitive multi-touch + a second display, 2.05 inches, 1040 × 160 5.2 inches, IPS, 2560 × 1440 pixels, 564 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.8 inch, AMOLED, 2960 × 1440 pixels, 570 ppi, capacitive multitouch, 5.7 inch, IPS, 2880 × 1440 pixels (aspect ratio of 18:9), 564 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.7 inch, IPS, 2560 × 1440 pixels, 515 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Safety glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 3; Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear panel Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (Kryo two cores with a frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo with a frequency of 1.36 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (dual core Kryo 2.2 GHz + dual core Kryo 1.6 GHz) Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 x Cortex-M1, 2.5 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 frequency of 1.69 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz) HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A72, frequency 2.4 GHz; Quad core ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)
Graphics controller Adreno 530, 624 MHz Adreno 530, 624 MHz Mali-G71 MP20, 850 MHz Adreno 530, 624 MHz ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 850 MHz
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 6 GB
Flash memory 64/128 GB 32/64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Memory card support There There There There There
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm
SIM card Two nano-SIM One nanoSIM One nano-SIM/dual nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM
Cell 2G connection GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G cellular communications HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA 800/900/1700/2100 HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
Cellular 4G LTE Cat. 11 (up to 600 MB/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 9 (up to 450 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32, 38, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 16 (1024 Mbit/s, 150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28 LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40 LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2 4.2 5 4.2 4.2
NFC There There There There There
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), the Sensor Hub Light, proximity,
magnetometer (digital compass) Sensor Hub for fitness apps that track physical activity
Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Hall sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor
Fingerprint scanner There There There There There
The main camera 12 MP, ƒ/1.8 is the hybrid autofocus (contrast with laser illumination + phase), optical stabilization, led flash, record 4K video 12 MP, ƒ/1.8 or contrast autofocus with laser illumination, optical stabilization, led flash, record 4K video 12 MP, ƒ/1.7 m, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash Dual camera: 13 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and phase detection autofocus, led flash
Front camera 16 MP, fixed focus 5 MP, autofocus, optical stabilization 8 MP, autofocus 5 MP, autofocus 8 MP, fixed focus
Food Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery by 12.54 W·h (3300 mAh, 3.8 V) A removable battery of 15.21 WH (3900 mAh, 3.8 V)
Size 162,4 × 79,8 × 8 mm 145,9 x 71,9 x 9 mm Of 148.9 × 68,1 × 8 mm Of 148.9 × 71,9 × 7.9 mm 157 × 77,5 × 7 mm
Weight 170 grams 161 grams 155 grams 163 grams 184 grams
Protection case No No Yes, IP68 Yes, IP68 No
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat, own HTC Sense UI Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell HTC Sense 8 Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell Android 7.0 Nougat, shell LG UX Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell EMUI
Current price 48 000-54 000 50 000 rubles (the version with 32 GB memory) 55 000 rubles 52 000 rubles 35 000 rubles

HTC U Ultra – information about stuffing according to CPU-Z

Design, ergonomics and software

Today smartphones with metal back cover can be found in the price range “for the surrender of will.” Major companies have moved to active examination of the topic of glass – two sides they cover your model Samsung, LG and Huawei (Honor), and now Xiaomi, HTC pulled. The front glass closer to the edges of gently sloping and 2.5 D. Rear panel is curved more markedly – all for less visual thickness. Just the plan breaks the strongly protruding above the body of the camera to these tricks we are beginning to wean. This is all the more strange that by itself, the smartphone is actually not too thin – 8 mm. Many competitors are teetering on the brink of seven millimeters.

The problem of the traditional glass devices – high-gloss surfaces are very actively collected prints. This also applies to the white version, which we got to test, and even more – the most spectacular blue, which flashes on all promotional material. Alive it is also very impressive – it managed to look closely at MWC 2017. But impressive how quickly zalamyvayutsya glass – wipe will always have.

HTC U Ultra front panel: above the display is the second screen, front camera, earpiece, proximity sensors and lighting, as well as an additional microphone; below the display – touch Home key and the back key to the previous screen and the menu of open applications

But it is bad. Much worse is the case with a glass front. For him, it seems, forgot to do oleophobic coating – with such soiled me in recent years not had to face.

HTC U Ultra rear panel: protruding from the housing of the camera lens unit with laser illumination autofocus and dual led flash. At the bottom is visible another microphone

Another feature of HTC U Ultra – he is very big. Yes, this is expected for a device with a 5.7-inch display, but here the situation is aggravated by the presence of the hardware key “Home” and the extra screen. Well, negative for U Ultra background in the face of LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, where the framework, by contrast, refused almost – and smartphones, in fact, you can use it with one hand. U Ultra also want to use the word “phablet”, but still stoop to such baseness, we will not.

HTC U Ultra, left side has no functional elements

HTC U Ultra, right side: volume rocker and power key

Accustomed to the size of a smartphone, pay attention to its specific characteristics – for example, the secondary display slightly higher primary. Such a decision we have already seen in the performance of LG – models V10, V20 and X View. Here the idea is implemented the same way – the screen is sideways from the front camera.

HTC U Ultra, top face: slot for two SIM cards or one SIM and memory card and microphone

HTC U Ultra, bottom side: USB Type-C connector, speaker and the fourth (spoken) microphone

But if the screens here, one more than we used to, headphone jacks – one less. Mini-Jack U Ultra HTC has missed Taiwanese for some reason, decided to go the path of Apple. With bonus sealed to at least IP67 rated here. A very sad situation.

The rest is well known to the 10 HTC: and touch Home key with haptic feedback and an inbuilt fingerprint scanner, and two navigation icons on either side of it and three mechanical keys (volume adjustment and inclusion, the latter a specific form) on the right side.


The fingerprint scanner works very quickly and accurately, problems with the recognition complained of some colleagues, I have not noticed – a typical capacitive sensor. From time to time it is necessary to overwrite the fingerprint sensor is sensitive to the slightest damage to the skin, all the rest is OK. Biometrics is used only to unlock the device.


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image (34) HTC U Ultra running Android 7.0 Nougat – naturally, with a proprietary shell Sense, which the Taiwanese have largely made a name for himself. Read more about it, I told in the review HTC 10, since then has changed a bit in fact, but a lot of little things. The main feature remained the same – very flexible to configure the appearance of the shell, where you can change the Wallpaper, fonts and icons, but in General the logic of the desktop (but not the whole interface in General, of course) – there is a Freestyle theme. In the classic scheme, you cannot change the matrix of icons (4 × 4) and abandon the obsolete, I think the application menu. On the spot news and page Blinkfeed, which periodically crawls the advertising message (do you like to watch ads on the desktop of your smartphone?). In the rest of the Sense – quick, cute and energy-efficient shell, although “eat” the battery in standby mode, it could be smaller.

Key features U Ultra HTC – Sense Companion helper, which studies your behavior and based on your preferences offers different: some events happening nearby, tips about the weather and so on. Something like Google Now, but to enable it, need to click on a special icon. Of the features can be noted that the Companion is in theory able to recognize the owner’s voice, through which he activates the gadget on the team, and what a week of use to study of my habits it was not enough.


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