The latest in the series of HTC smartphones announced for 2017, the HTC U Ultra (also known as the HTC Ocean Note) is available for you today! With a reasonable price range albeit top of the range specs, the U Ultra is conquering the smartphone scene in Hong Kong. Find out more about what makes the HTC U Ultra so special here.
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The U Ultra is one of the latest smartphones introduced by Taiwanese manufacturers, HTC. The device is a gorgeous new benchmark that redefines the visual appeal of a smartphone.
2017 seems to be a year where most OEMs are bringing about new designs and upgrading existing products with minor aesthetic differences. The U Ultra smartphone is a great example of HTC’s efforts to diverge from the flagship moulds that the company had adopted in prior years. Besides sporting a new design and build, the smartphone also features a host of other changes that makes the U Ultra seem to be a captivating phone.
HTC is known as the founder of metal unibody design, being the first to showcase it on its phones for years. Over the years, however, the metal unibody design has become a staple design for many other smartphones in the market and it could no longer be a unique selling point for HTC to sell its phones. Hence, HTC went back to the drawing board to create a new hardware design to be featured on the U Ultra smartphone: metal with a polished glass finish.
According to a statement made by Chia-Lin Chiang, HTC’s president of smartphones and connected devices to iNews.co.uk, he was moved to create the pearlescent, reflective surface of the U Ultra after gazing at a fountain. He was then inspired to translate the beauty of nature into a feasible design.
Moreover, HTC has opted for a natural curve look for the U Ultra which gives the device a smoother and more natural feel when held, as compared to smartphones that have flat sides and back. The curves of the glass further enhance the appearance of the device, giving it an elegant and stunning look. The U Ultra device in the market can be found in four colours – pink, sapphire blue, black, and white.
It seems like HTC has heard what the avid smartphone users have said. The HTC U Ultra is their answer to the everyday user. With a screen size that rivals your tablet, the HTC U Ultra sports a 5.7 inch Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours. Protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for the 64GB version and a Sapphire Crystal Glass for the 128GB version, the screen is tough and ready for an adventure.
A large phone means a large battery pack. The HTC U Ultra is fitted with a Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery that does up to 312 hours on 3G (standby) and 26 hours of 3G talk-time. You won’t have to worry about where you take the phone, what processes are running, and how long you are using it. HTC U Ultra is also adapted with the Quick Charge 3.0 for fast battery charging.
The HTC U Ultra comes with a 12MP rear shooter. You may not think much of it until you know its specifications. The lens is a f/1.8 26mm contraption with laser and phase detection autofocus. This translates to accuracy and extreme details in every photo or video you snap. It also incorporates a 1/2.3'' sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto-HDR, panoramic capabilities so you can shoot a diverse range of photos and video.
HD recording comes in at 2160@30fps or 720@120fps. As for the rear shooter, you get a 16MP, 1080p Auto-HDR camera, perfect for all your selfies and Snapchat videos.
There are two main variants of the U Ultra in Hong Kong. The first comes with 64GB internal storage and the other with 128GB. Both include a 4GB RAM. External storage can be mounted via microSD card up to 256GB through the second SIM card slot. This is where the Dual SIM capacity comes in handy (if you are using only one SIM card).
Apart from that, the U Ultra is incredibly fast thanks to its Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat), Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset, and Adreno 530 GPU combination. You would be wise to consider the HTC U Ultra as one of Hong Kong's finest selections of smartphones.