HTC U Ul­tra Smart­phone

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Re­cently HTC an­nounces two smart­phones with its two new U se­ries de­vices – Play and Ul­tra. I have al­ready talked about HTC U Play and to­day, I am go­ing to ex­plore the func­tion­al­i­ties and per­for­mance of HTC U Ul­tra.

Sim­i­lar flaunty glossy de­sign: In terms of out body shell, HTC U Ul­tra shares the sim­i­lar gloss body as U Play. It looks stun­ning, as the phone has a new, beau­ti­fully con­toured, liq­uid sur­face with sym­met­ri­cal con­struc­tion. But, the glossy body at­tracts smudges, thank­fully not works as a mag­net to scratches. Sim­i­lar to U Play it also comes with a trans­par­ent back cover to pro­tect the body from smudges and scratches that steal the beauty of the phone.

Vi­brant FHD screen: It has the dual dis­play, main screen 5.7-inches, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pix­els) with 513ppi pixel den­sity and se­condary 2.05-inches (160 x 1040 pix­els). The screen pro­duces vi­brant col­ors and the fair amount of bright­ness. Pro­tected by Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 5. The dis­play is quite re­spon­sive and pro­duces ac­cu­rate col­ors with dark blacks. I en­joyed play­ing games, watch­ing movies, etc on it. Even in di­rect sun­light, I was able to read texts, thanks to it bright screen.

The se­condary screen, which we have seen in LG V20, lets you get var­i­ous no­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­trol mu­sic with­out un­lock­ing the de­vice. It could be use­ful for some of the users, at the same time it can feel an­noy­ing.

The U is re­ally cool: As I have al­ready talked about “U” that lets the phone adopt you. It comes with HTC Sense Com­pan­ion that tracks your ac­tiv­i­ties then sug­gest you the best. It is a per­sonal com­pan­ion to ev­ery user who is al­ways learn­ing from you and the things you do ev­ery day. It can sug­gest leav­ing early if heavy traf­fic con­ges­tion on your daily route or any weather change could hap­pen. It can rec­om­mend a restau­rant when you are look­ing for a break or be go­ing to cel­e­brate with your loved ones.

HTC Sense can also rec­og­nize your voice and re­spond even when it is locked. You can make a call, send mes­sages, set an alarm and be­gin hands-free nav­i­ga­tion. It can also iden­tify your ear to of­fer the im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Spec­tac­u­lar per­former: Packed with Snap­dragon quad core pro­ces­sor and 4 GB RAM, it is one of the mus­cu­lar de­vices that can han­dle al­most any app. I used the phone for more than three weeks and en­joy sev­eral games and did mul­ti­task­ing as well. I played sev­eral high-graph­ics in­ten­sive games on it in­clud­ing WWE, NFS, As­phalt 8 Air­borne and Mor­tal com­bat, etc. The phone man­ages all the games eas­ily with­out any vis­i­ble per­for­mance lag. Even while switch­ing be­tween them there was no glitch.

The speaker is as awe­some as we can ex­pect from HTC. It pro­duces rich sound with bal­anced tre­ble and bass. The phone comes with a type C head­phone, which is re­ally awe­some, but a few peo­ple may miss 3.5mm jack as they won’t be able to charge or trans­fer the data while us­ing the head­phone.

Cap­ture great self­ies and land­scapes: The phone packs 12 MP (HTC Ul­traPixel 2 with 1.55μm pixel) BSI sen­sor with dual tone LED flash at the back. It cap­tures beau­ti­ful images in dif­fer­ent light­ing con­di­tions with the fair amount of de­tails. The day­light images come with good de­tails and rich col­ors.

At the front, it has 16 MP, with HTC Ul­traPixel mode, BSI sen­sor to cap­ture amaz­ing se­fies. It also has dif­fer­ent modes such as Live make-up, Auto Selfie (keep still or smile), Voice Selfie, etc. The cam­era UI is sim­i­lar to U Play of­fer­ing var­i­ous modes in­clud­ing Zoe cam­era that cap­tures 3 sec of video. It also has pro op­tion where you can con­trol ev­ery part be it ex­po­sure, sen­si­tiv­ity, shut­ter speed, ISO and many other. Us­ing the pro, I got bet­ter qual­ity images.

De­cent bat­tery: The phone is backed by a 3000 mAh bat­tery that can eas­ily run for more than one day with mod­er­ate us­age like calls, in­ter­net surf­ing etc. On the other hand, watch­ing videos or play­ing games on it will drain the bat­tery soon. In our bat­tery loop test, it lasted for 6 hours 08 min­utes while play­ing video over Wifi with full bright­ness and vol­ume. Bot­tom­line: The beau­ti­ful phone is prone to smudge that steals its beauty, but it com­bines pow­er­ful hard­ware and great cam­eras at both ends. Boast­ing in­ter­est­ing ‘U’ fea­tures, this is one of the good choices, but LG V20 is one of the strong com­peti­tor with dual-lens at the back and wide-an­gle selfie cam­era.

— Ashok pandey

Price: ` 52,990/-

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