HTC decidedly feels like it missed the mark with its current U Ultra flagship. Announced earlier than both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, the phone features neither of these handsets’ edge-to-edge display and as a result loses out in one key segment: design.
To counter that, HTC is officially reducing the price tag of its mere weeks old U Ultra flagship by 20%. The price drop is likely not going to be temporary or in a handful of markets, either.
As a result of that, the phone which had a flagship-grade $749 price-tag now costs $599, which is still a lot but perhaps a better ask for the phone which has received lukewarm reviews almost universally.
More-importantly, the U Ultra now costs as much as $50 less than the G6 as well as $120 less than the Galaxy S8. The U Ultra failed to get enough momentum ever since it launched. Reviewers found its lack of a headphone jack disappointing, its second display gimmicky and its camera sub par. More-importantly, the scratch-prone glass design of the phone (which is not water or dust-proof) matches nowhere near the quality or looks of the Galaxy S8 or the LG G6.
With the price drop in place, the phone finally has one major advantage over its competitors, though, it still doesn’t guarantee a shift in fortunes.
HTC U Ultra Specifications
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
- CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15GHz & 2×1.6GHz)
- GPU: Adreno 530
- OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC Sense UI
- Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Dual-SIM
- Dimensions: 162.4 x 79.8 x 8 mm
- Weight: 170 g
- Fingerprint Sensor
- “Liquid Surface” glass back
- 5.5-inch Super LCD5 with QHD (1440 x 2560 ) resolution (513 ppi)
- Secondary display, 160 x 1040 pixels, 2.05 inches
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (64GB variant), Sapphire crystal glass (128GB variant)
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal: 64/128 GB
- Card slot: yes, by up to 256 GB
- Primary: 12MP, f/1.8, 26mm, OIS, Laser and phase detection autofocus,, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 4K video
- Secondary: 16MP, 1080p video
- Connectivity: Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2 GPS, USB Type-C v3.1, NFC, LTE
- Battery: 3,000mAh
- Price: $599