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HTC U Ultra / HTC Ocean Note

alaTest has collected and analyzed 224 reviews of HTC U Ultra / HTC Ocean Note. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the camera and price. The screen and performance also get good feedback, whereas the GPS navigation and connectivity get negative views.

size, performance, screen, price, camera

battery, portability, connectivity, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC U Ultra / HTC Ocean Note is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Florian Wimmer (notebookcheck.net)

HTC U Ultra Smartphone Review

 

The comeback? The U Ultra flagship smartphone is to pave the way for HTC's desperately needed comeback. This might even be successful with an intelligent assistant, high-quality audio technology, and a second screen. However, some test results rouse...

very classy casing ; high-resolution second screen ; preloaded personal assistant ; lush memory configuration ; good camera photos ; quick charge function ; high-quality headset included ; high-resolution, viewing angle stable panel ; low temperature...

pressure sensitive rear ; fingerprint magnet ; mediocre speaker ; no 3.5-mm audio jack ; comparatively slow WiFi ; slightly inaccurate GPS ; screen's high color shifts ; high power consumption

In terms of design, HTC delivers a superb device with its U Ultra: The shimmering rear is definitely an eye-catcher. The handset can also score in many other aspects: The included high-end headset is pleasing, the lush memory configuration is a bonus...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

HTC U Ultra review: disappointment by a thousand cuts

 

In a season filled with almost endless smartphone hype and announcements, you'd be forgiven if you missed that HTC, once a major player in the Android world, announced and released a new, high-end...

Snappy performance ; Good battery life ; Good camera ; Eye-catching finish

Unwieldy size ; Second display is a gimmick ; No headphone jack ; Display quality issues ; No water resistance

HTC’s oversized flagship is full of recycled ideas and poor execution

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Kyle Wiggers (digitaltrends.com)

HTC U Ultra review

 

HTC pours lots of innovation into the U Ultra, but it's just not enough to beat the competition.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

HTC U Ultra Review: Flawed Beauty

 

The fans won't want to hear it, but HTC has made a misstep with the HTC U Ultra. Flagship follow-up to last year's HTC 10, it promises high-style and plenty of functionality to go with its premium $749 price tag, and there's no denying that its...

Beautiful design ; Great display ; Solid performance

No waterproofing and easily scratched ; Battery is smaller than it should be ; Camera only average ; No headphone jack

It may not sound like it right now, I concede, but I do consider myself an HTC fan. Like many who have been following the smartphone space as we currently know it since pretty much its inception, HTC earned itself a special place with clever,...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Alastair Stevenson (trustedreviews.com)

HTC U Ultra

 

The U Ultra is the latest phablet from HTC. It aims to entice buyers away from the Huawei P10 Plus, and to fill the gap left by the Galaxy Note 7, by offering users a variety of unusual features.

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

HTC U Ultra review: Bad decisions in a beautiful body

 

HTC's new U Ultra smartphone oozes style, and for the most part it's a very speedy, very well built flagship. That said, the company made some puzzling decisions here. This is a big phone with a big screen, but HTC fitted it with a relatively small...

Fantastic design ; Excellent build quality ; Mostly good performance ; Speaker setup works well ; Sense Companion is a good idea

The glass body scratches easily ; Not water- or dust-resistant ; Expensive for what you actually get ; Second screen doesn’t do much ; Small battery ; Relatively mediocre camera

I can't stress this enough: The HTC U Ultra is not a bad device. It's beautiful, well-built and plays home to a lot of good ideas. I think HTC was right to build a big phone, and the way it wants to subtly integrate an AI assistant into that second...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Graziano (cnet.com)

HTC U Ultra review

 

The HTC U Ultra would have been a good phone in 2014. Here in 2017, its crisp 5.7-inch display, high quality speakers and fluid glass design are overshadowed by the curious decision to omit key flagship features. The phone lacks both wireless charging...

The HTC U Ultra has a sharp design, crisp display and loud speakers. A secondary display gives quick access to notifications and app shortcuts.

The phone's premium price and large size make unsuitable for most people. There's also no headphone jack, it isn't water-resistant and its battery life is poor.

The U Ultra is missing too many flagship features to justify its high price.

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

HTC U Ultra review

 

This all-glass smartphone is seriously pretty. Just don't drop it

Glass design is a stunning ; Two-screen setup impresses ; Battery life is good

No dual cameras ; No headphone socket ; Sense Companion is confusing

HTC’s glass smartphone is a stunner to look at and almost as lovely to live with

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Ian Betteridge (expertreviews.co.uk)

HTC U review: Hands on with HTC's new AI-laden flagship phone

 

HTC's latest phones, the U series, are about much more than just a new design

Will this be enough to make the HTC U one of our favourite smartphones in 2017? We’ll be able to say for sure once we’ve had one long enough to run battery and performance tests, but the early indications are that, once again, it’s a more than credible...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: (zdnet.com)

HTC U Ultra review: This gorgeous device is just too big, shiny and expensive

 

I posted my detailed first impressions of the HTC U Ultra last week and have visited the HTC website several times thinking I might order one for myself before returning this evaluation unit.

Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back ; High quality design, fit, and finish ; Vibrant HTC BoomSound speakers ; Included good quality earbuds ; Four mics for high quality video recording

One of the largest modern flagships ; Terrible fingerprint magnet on back ; Lacking a headphone jack or included audio adapter ; No water resistance ; Average battery life

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3000
Standby time (3G):312
Standby time (4G):312
Talk time (3G):26
Talk time (4G):16 / 26

Call management

Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Built-in Flash:Y
Face detection:Y
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):16
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y
Image stabilizer:Y
Maximum frame rate:120
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@120fps
Self-timer:Y
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:720p, 2160p / 720p,1080p / 720p,2160p
Zoom capability:Y

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Pink gold / White
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Form factor:Bar

Display

Display diagonal:14.5
Display Resolution:2560 x 1440
Display Type:LCD
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:513
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:Y
Second display resolution:160 x 1040
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Gyroscope:Y
Proximity sensor:Y

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GPP, AAC, FLAC, M4A, Mid, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Video compression formats:3GP, MKV, MP4 / 3GP,MKV,MP4
Video formats supported:3GP, MKV, MP4, TS, WEBM / 3GP,MKV,MP4,TS,WEBM

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
BeiDou:Y
Electronic compass:Y
GLONASS:Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:UMTS
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
AirPlay:Y
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.2
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, File manager, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0/3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2.15
Processor Model:821

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:7

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:4
Internal storage capacity:64
Maximum memory card size:2000
RAM capacity:4
USB mass storage:Y

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.99
Height :162.4 / 162.5
Weight:170
Width:79.8