HTC U Ultra: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on November 22, 2020

Lots of guys Mike here the Detroit Board checking out the HTC u ultra so the you all turret replaces the HTC 10 from last year and as a significantly larger foam now this phone has been criticized a lot for not really offering anything new or interesting among flagship smartphones but we're going to go in-depth and find out exactly what it has to offer so before we take a close look at our very shiny shiny phone let's get to our accessories which does include a case which is kind of handy I wish more phones did this so this will protect the phone from damage because again this phone is all glass so it's kind of nice

That a case is thrown in here just to protect it and to provide some grip it is a clear case so at least you can see the phone through it also included here is our sim ejection tool at the bottom of the box we'll find a microfiber cleaning cloth for cleaning our very glossy phone and we get some of the most paperwork I've ever seen with a modern smartphone so removing the tray at the bottom of the box is our essential accessories which includes a very compact wall adapter now this is a USB type-c device so we do have quick charging here and we do get a compatible

Cable for that also included here is a set of USB C headphones so yes you guess it there is no headphone jack on this phone so instead it connects via USB C which does have some benefits in terms of audio quality now these headphones do sound pretty decent they do include an inline remote control on microphone and we do have a set of ear gels for finding the right fit one of the neat pieces of technology built into these headphones with this USB type-c connector is that they can automatically calibrate to your ears so I have to do is plug them in runs the

Calibration sequence and you're good to go no testing or listening required this one does represent a pretty big design change for HTC they're trading that classic HTC all-metal design for glass so the overall look is similar to phones we've seen from Samsung but the mirrored finish is really striking especially with this blue color although mostly glass the phone is framed in metal and it is tinted to the colour of the glass so it looks very nice and seamless all these servicing is very smooth and rounded so the film feels fantastic to handle and despite its science it's very

Thin and light and easy to handle which is probably due to the smallest three thousand milliamp hour battery which trim some weight now regardless glass is more slippery and fragile than metal so this phone could definitely benefits from the included case the right side of this phone has the volume rocker and a textured power bun just below it which makes it easy to tell it apart on the top edge is the combination dual sim and micro SD card tray which does support 256 gig cards at the bottom edge we have a USB type-c connector which is reinforced with a wider metal

Frame also down here is a side facing loudspeaker which works with the earpiece for full stereo sound but unfortunately the loudspeaker at the bottom is much louder than the one at the earpiece which means stereo sound is quite off-balance so it doesn't sound quite right although not terrible and certainly functional it's still a step back on the future I really liked about their previous models the capacitive home button once again integrates a fingerprint sensor that is generally fast and reliable although it's a little small for the size of the bezel it's

Surrounded by a set of backlit capacitive Android keys which only light up when touched but I recommend that you change this under settings so that they light when the screen is awake otherwise it can be a guessing game to find out exactly where those buttons are because the touch targets are kind of small where HTC really doesn't disappoint here is the 12 megapixel camera on the back with an F 1.8 aperture optical image stabilization and laser assisted all the focusing you also find that laser sensor just below the dual tone LED flash although it comes with a big camera

Bulge it does impress with a nice shallow depth of field and fast and accurate AF once again HTC is calling this camera an ultra pixel camera because of the large 1.55 micron pixel sizes which increases light sensitivity for excellent low-light performance this generally means that the camera produces excellent exposure for every shot even with plenty of light this technology helps to bring up detail and shadows without over exposing everything else even more impressive is the 16 megapixel front-facing camera perhaps the best selfie camera I've ever tested with a

Huge sensor that lets tons of light in with a nice wide angle lens which means it's easy to get a nice wide shot without having to hold the phone too far away from you unfortunately if selfie video and blogging is important to you this only records at 1080p with no 4k the display in this case looks like it came right off an LG V 20 so this is a 5.7 inch LCD IPS display which the ACC is calling a Super LCD 5 screen it's a great looking quantity see screen with a resolution of 1440 by 20 sixty-four a pixel density of 513 PPI but just like the LGB 20v secondary

Display at the top adds an additional resolution of 160 by 1040 and is used as a dedicated space for a variety of software features and notifications this way does have a few faults common to LCD screen some of the backlight bleeds which tends to look a little more uneven around the secondary display but most people really won't know this unless looking at a dark screen overall it's a very vibrant display with noticeably rich colors but not especially bright which may have something to do with the relatively small size of the battery the phone is powered by some familiar names

A Snapdragon 820 1 quad core with an adrenal 530 GPU so performance is at the top end for early 2017 4 gigs of ram and 64 or 128 gigs of internal storage to round out the very respectable spec sheet so compared to the previous model which was powered by a Snapdragon 820 we're seeing pretty modest gains here on our Geekbench scores and overall performance is excellent with its hardware this phone doesn't really have any sort of water resistance rating so it's not recommended to get wet and despite its glass design it also doesn't offer wireless charging although that's

Pretty much unique to Samsung phones only at this time most phones are the size have a vanity that's around 3500 milliamp hours so this 3000 milliamp hour battery is kind of small but I was able to get at least a full day out of this phone on a regular basis with no problems as probably thanks to the more efficient Snapdragon 820 one CPU and the slightly dimmer display now there's no getting around the fact that this is the largest phone I reviewed in many years it's actually bigger than the Nexus 6 which actually had a larger display so for its screen size it has a huge

Footprint and that's thanks to larger bezels but because it's so thin and light it doesn't feel as big as its footprint suggests so one of the things on lockscreen is the secondary display which you can wake up by double tapping on it or just lifting up the phone but this display also shows you your notification so they flash in the space and set it lighting up the entire display which conserves battery life we can also swipe across on this to get to our quick toggles for things like our Wi-Fi sound profile and more we can also turn on the camera really quickly so you

Have quick access to the camera it's not the quickest launch out there but it gets the job done there's a few other things here as well so if we swipe again you'll see your calendar events and some of your reminders but of course you can bypass all of this just by unlocking with your fingerprint sensor so you just have your finger – it wakes right to the home screen so it's very quick now if we double tap on the lock screen this wakes it up so we can see our notifications the weather information date and time and that sort of thing we also have

Quick access to our doc items so this is what actually appears on the home screen as well so if you want to quickly launch it to any one of these apps just swipe up on them and then you have to unlock this launches directly into the app now there are quite a few gestures on this device so we can double tap to wake up the lock screen we can swipe to the right and if we unlock here this will take us directly to blinkfeed if we swipe to the left you'll get a little vibration let you know when it's happened we can unlock and they'll take us directly to the home screen we can

Also swipe down twice to quickly activate the camera app or better you have just double tap the power button to launch into the camera now all of these can be turned off under settings and it's kind of buried here so we'll have to go to our display gestures and buns and go all the way down to motion launch gestures you'll see them all here so once the device is unlocked we do get a few additional features on the secondary display and includes our music player we also have our weather information in addition to our favorite apps so we can add our favorite apps up here to get the

Secondary launcher that's easy to access so for example you can go ahead and add Chrome or any app that you have installed we also have our reminders in addition to our calendar events and our favorite contacts you can add additional contacts to this list from our existing contact list of course you can edit the secondary display by going to our secondary display settings panel so going down here you can see we can turn off active when the main display is on so if you just want to completely turn this off you can and you can also turn this off so it's not active when the

Display is off so if you just want to completely turn this off you can but we can modify its information here so we can rearrange them if we want we can unselect them if we don't want it so for example I don't really need my contacts up there so I can uncheck that we also have similar controls for the locked display so again you can rearrange them or uncheck them but we can also change the timeout as well now unlike the LGB 20 apps do not take advantage of that display so with the lgb 20 this display is used for some of the camera controls so that's not used

In this case so this is Android 7.0 so you could have an hold you get Google assistant and of course it talks right back to you swiping down on our notification shade of course we can expand them out like so and then we have lots of quick setting toggles up top which we can swipe through so nothing terribly interesting here but we do have extreme savers so you can activate extreme saver mode so if we click OK you can see exactly what it does so really simplifies the interface dims it down considerably removes the color

And the graphics to extend the very life to its maximum potential this phone does get a night mode so it strips away the blue light so it's less fatiguing on the eye especially in evening hours and you can modify these settings for this by tapping and holding on it so you can change the intensity here just by dragging and dropping the slider and you can also change the schedule so personally I said it for sunset to sunrise so it automatically kicks in so taking through the home screens if we swipe all the way to the right we get to our very familiar bling feet we've seen

This for years with HTC so this aggregates our social media feeds and any news we've added to it so you can edit this as well so you can see when you swipe down this updates but if you go up here you can tap on this and change what is highlighted you can also see the services that plug into this so you can see Facebook is one of them so if you go to this plus sign this is where you can actually add some of the content that's linked to the service such as Twitter Vimeo and more now personally I actually really like blinkfeed but if you don't want it you

Can swipe and pinch to eliminate it so we're going to go up to edit here and then we're just going to go ahead and remove this page and then it's gone so if you want to restore it you can go ahead and hit plus to bring it back now just getting back to that editor this is where you can drag and drop your home screen so if you want to rearrange them you can or just remove them or set one whole screen as the main home screen terms of what we have down here we have our widgets apps and shortcuts in terms of shortcuts these are quick actions so this will jump right to specific areas

Of an app now if we tap and hold on the home screen we get to a different type of editor so this includes our themes and there are tons of them so you can download new themes change them up with different icon packs keyboards and more getting to the app drawer very nicely arranged here we do have some items and folders already and can swipe between these vertical pages but of course we have options up here so we can show or hide app so if you want to hide some of these apps instead of uninstalling them you can do that we go to rearrange the app so if you want to

Folder them that's how you do right here so for example if I'm gonna hide the sender Google I can go ahead and drop it there we can also change the grid size so four by five is default but if you want to space a lot more you have three by four you can also change the wallpaper for the app drawer so if you want something different than the home screen you can go ahead and select that click apply and then if we go to the app drawer now you should see that right there now something I wish all afterwards would include is a quick shortcut at the

Top for the Google Play Store since we have Android 7.0 we do have side by side windowing so if we open up one app we can tap and hold the recent apps button to activate side by side windowing so the first app is have and then we can go ahead and open up one of the apps we've recently accessed so for example we can go to the Photos app here and then navigate through the Photos app and Chrome at the same time we can also activate this from a recent apps viewer so for example we can go ahead and drag chrome to the top of the window and it should snap into place like so and we

Can go ahead and select one of the other recently access tabs now we can always learn something new from the settings panel so if we jump to that you can see that this is Android 7 so we have our slide in settings screen along the left side here and then we have all these settings with their descriptions just below it up top we have some suggestions including the HTC Sense companion so basically this is keeping track of all of your activity and then will notify you of pertinent information so for example if you go to work it's going to remind you of your commute time and

Suggest alternative routes if something's going on or if you're exercising this will keep track of that data and of course you do have to give it permissions in order to keep track of this and you can see that all right here now all of that should appear within the notification shade in fact most of the time you'll see it fill up the second screen or you'll see them at the bottom of the notification list right now I have nothing so yes it's pretty much an alternative to the Google assistant in terms of our settings a few things that stand out

Include HTC Connect we've seen this before but this allows us to quickly connect bluetooth devices DLNA devices or whatever is available on our nearby network so for example my monitor right here bluetooth monitor this allows me to connect directly to that and output audio in fact I just got a notification on my display that I'm currently paired to it so that is really easy so always my favorite part of any interface is displayed gestures and buttons this is where you can customize a lot of the interface a feature we have see before but haven't seen in a while is

Glove mode so this increases the sensitivity of the displays you can use this with gloved hand now we can change the default screen size so you can adjust this if you want smaller text or bigger text you can go with that or I'm just going to leave it to default we also have our color temperature now this is different than night mode but you can warm up the display if you want something a bit warmer or more blue now as somebody who reviews a lot of smartphones it's pretty easy for me to say this is just an amalgamation of other smartphones it gives up on some

HTC design DNA and features that we've come to love and produce is something that could be branded anything else besides HTC but it's still a solid film overall and if you're a fan of HTC or if you have to buy another HTC phone this one has a lot going for it it's definitely worth your consideration but for me it definitely doesn't stand out in a very crowded market alright guys so we enjoyed this look at the HTC you ultram if you did please give this video a thumbs up to let me know and I'll see you again in my next video

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