The latest flagship from HTC, the U Ultra, which was announced in the US last month alongside the HTC U Play, has finally been launched in India today. The HTC Ultra is a premium handset powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 chipset and 4 GB RAM. While the chipset may become out-dated once the newer Snapdragon 835 comes out, HTC has other handsets lined up that will use the 835. Besides, the U Ultra has other things going for it. Among the newer bells and whistles to adorn a smartphone, the one featured rarely is a dual screen which the U Ultra boasts of. Like the LG V20, the HTC U Ultra also sports a secondary display above the regular 5.7-inch one. But how practical will it really be? Well, for starters, it can be used for quick toggles, and to display small information among other things. Let’s take a look at the specifications for the HTC U Ultra.
Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset
7-inch (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD display
Secondary display – 2-inch (1040×160 pixels resolution)
64GB and 128Gb Storage Options, expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
Android 7.0 Nougat with Sense UI
64GB variant protected by Gorilla Glass 5; 128GB variant protected by Sapphire glass
Rear camera – 12-UltraPixel with 1.55-micron pixels
Laser focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
Dual-tone LED flash and f/2.8 aperture
16-megapixel front camera with an UltraPixel mode
Let’s also take a quick look at what the secondary display will be able to do:
Check current time, weather, and battery power by simply lifting the phone or double-tapping the secondary display when the phone is in sleep mode.
Turn on or turn off phone features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and flashlight.
See an upcoming calendar event.
Check the day’s weather forecast.
Add favourite apps for quicker access.
Add contacts so you can call or message them quicker.
Control music playback.
Write a note as a reminder to yourself.
Apart from the Dual Displays, the smartphone features an AI based virtual assistant, the Sense Companion. Like other virtual assistants, it can be used for most of the functions like setting alarms and appointments and gives suggestions based on the user’s usage pattern.
HTC has also included a special type of earphones with the device, called the HTC USonic. Apparently, these earphones will analyse the user’s inner ear shape with a sonar pulse and adapt accordingly. How it does this exactly remains to be seen.
The HTC U Ultra will be an all-glass handset with a highly glossy finish and a display with curved edges and will be available in Ice White, Brilliant Blue, Sapphire Blue, and Cosmetic Pink.
The dual-sim version of the handset is announced to be retailed in India for Rs. 59,990/-. However, one thing is for certain – with its wonderful features, one hardly require mobile phone offers to be pursued into getting their hands on HTC’s latest smartphone!