HTC U Ultra starts shipping on March 10 in the US

Back in January, when HTC announced the U Ultra, it also started accepting pre-orders for the handset. However, the company said that the new phone wouldn't be released in the US before mid-March. As it turns out, mid-March actually means the first half of the month.

If you're ordering a U Ultra from HTC's official online store today, the company says it can ship it starting March 10 - that's this Friday. The new handset is available to pre-order in three color variants: Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, and Ice White, all shipping on said date (for free if you're fine with standard shipping).

The HTC U Ultra is offered only unlocked, being compatible with GSM/LTE service providers like AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket, Alaska Communications, NET 10, Straight Talk, and WalMart Family Mobile. Verizon and Sprint customers won't be able to use this unlocked version of the device, and there is no word if they'll get a special CDMA/LTE model.

Priced at $749, the HTC U Ultra is definitely not a cheap smartphone. Then again, it's got plenty of high-end features to somehow justify the high price tag, including a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a secondary ticker screen with 1040 x 160 pixels, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage space. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, and runs Android 7 Nougat spiced up with HTC's new Sense Companion digital assistant. You're also getting a pair of high-quality headphones, plus HTC UH OH Protection for a "one-time replacement for broken screens or water damage."

Let us know if you're planning to buy an HTC U Ultra anytime soon, will you?

source: HTC USA

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U Ultra
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(26h 3G talk time)



1. libra89

Posts: 2312; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Too big for me, but a nice device for those who don't mind the price tag.

5. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

HTC is now trash. Let's all think about this for a second. As the Company is slowly losing all of its cash, the best thing they have come out with during a time facing bankruptcy is HTC U. No one knows what the U stands for, but I'm going to say it stands for UNIMPRESSIVE. HTC is struggling not because it's competing in the low-mid range space; HTC is struggling because they fail to innovate and come out with exciting products, which they did in the past. You guys remember HTC's first phones? They were full of energy and excitement. They were different for good reason. HTC is now committing the fatal flaw of the mobile industry by failing to differentiate its mobile offerings. Stuck in a time era in which we see nothing but hundreds of Chinese competitive pricing and thousands upon thousands of devices, HTC took the liberty of making products from a similar tree with slight originality and hoping something sticks. HTC - We are NOT playing darts. You guys are failing to capture some of the foundational characteristics you originally came to market with. Design! The new HTC looks like some BLUE BALLS. The new HTC U looks like it came straight off a blueberry tree that is facing a serious illness! How the hell can a company come up with such a hideous, unattractive design? It's unfathomable how ugly and distasteful the thing is. Design is where they failed first, but specs are where they failed second. There is nothing interesting about the phone on the spec sheet, so from the very start, all enthusiasts of HTC are again bored. HTC - this is a huge problem. You can rely on people like us to spread the word, giving your incredibly low marketing budget. But we can't even advocate for this piece of absolute trash you're throwing at us. Why even put them in retail stores? You guys need to take these "new" phones and take them straight to the DUMP because we all know that's where they will all be in 6 months MAX. HTC - it's time to go back to your roots and make those intersting products that everyone once wanted. I consider HTC as the first company to make a valid substitute to the iPHone, which says a lot of the power they held on consumers. think about it...going against all those heavywaits, HTC was once regarded as the top 2 smartphone maker in the world, only to fail to the likes of Samsung, LG and various other android competitors. Just like Trump says - "lets make america great again" HTC this is your new slogan is "Lets figure out why we make smartphones again". Are you guys running out of ideas? if so, please consult some of the various teams at phonearena, verge, or some consulting service because it's as if you guys are repeatedly getting stabbed in the neck with a knife but acting as if you enjoy it. You guys are slowing dying because you are choosing to do nothing to better your situation.

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

you sound like you have hundreds of ideas on how to differentiate HTC phones from other android phone makers. do your ideas include packing their phones with 32 gb of ram, 100 ultrapixel octa- lens camera with ois/eis and 3d scanning technology, fully waterproof, 10000mah battery. indestructible metal built with 99% screen to body ratio, and 5 ghz cpu? desktop graphic? but selling at the $400? anyone can throw numbers around. you know R&D cost money? you know adding features to your phone cost money? you know marketing cost money?

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Chill dude, you can't talk sense with an idiot. He'll just reply with a big wall on nonsense.

23. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

+100 Nexus

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree with most of that. Hwoeevrt I think that Sapphire Blue is amazing and looks great even if the phone itself is ugly. I to agree wbout HTC. Having had 3 HTC phones, the Droid Incredible was my favorite and the Thunderbolt was decent and I love my HTC Droid DNA were very nice phones. The TouchPro 2 was also my favorite. After those they basically went down. I tried the HTC Surround, but it was garbage. I also wanted T-Mobile HTC One S, but I didnt like T-Mobile data speed which was incredibly slow. They are still slow, but I refuse to pay what Verizon charges. HTC is dying and it's sad to see a good compnay fall. Especially when you have company's like Apple who sell overpriced garbage. AT least HTC phone do a bit more vs Apple's options. But it wasnt enough, They shoudl have rode the Evo branding instea dof coming up with the One series. I did like that they but Beat Audio into the phone and it sounded awesome when you combine Beats chip sets with the headphone, LG and Moto should all join and become one company and use their patents and make a phone no one ever though of.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2658; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

If you can listen reallllly closely, you can actually hear the sound of millions of people not caring at all.

3. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I had a chance to see the phone in one of the retailers. Such a nice phone but the price is high.. If it is in the range of $550 i will get one right away.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

With how everything but the S8 has been looking so far, this might actually be a decent buy. I can't believe I just said that..... considering how I basically trashed this phone not even 3 weeks ago.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yeah,like trashing a phone you've never use, never owned is something new to you? lol

11. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

You're one to talk, Mr. "I love All Phone Companies Equally" but yet shame Apple and their products at any given chance.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I have spoken bad and good off ever brand i ever owned. I speak good an bad if Samsung. But i have not had enough issues with Samsung ro say more bad. After all, as you can see i have owned more Samsung devices than anything else. You can look at my phones and see this. I have owned obmy 3 iPhones. 4, 4S and 6S Plus. I love all tech period. I am platform and brand agnostic. But that doesnt mean I cant have a favorite, as long as they meet the requirements i need and how much it costs. I never said i love all companys equally, i specifically i love all tech stuff period. ALL.TECH. smartphones are a very small.field. For my job, i deal with all.ttpes of tech. Electrical, computer, networking, security and more. I talk about Apple products the most because Apple makes all this money, yet their products are lacking. Because they have never worked as good as people claim and they make exaggerated facts about them based on only their experience. Based on my experience, iPhone gave me the .ost problem. It is the only phone that ever bricked after an update. It is the only phone i e er updated that lost all my data. It is the only phone where Apple changes stuff for no reason to to rape its customers. Itbis the onky compa y who has the higbest failure rates and tbey are ignored, and yet the same fools who ignore, try to point at other company's. For a company who was the most valued, i expext better. Thwir phone for only making one model, shouldnt be rheost failed considering how overpriced they are. Apple IMO had more to be criticized foe vs other companys. Same design 3 yearsin a row. New phone whixh camera xoesnt take. Wtter pictures than their own last model and cant even beat a conpetitors year old model. No advanced useful features lile fast charving, split screen and more. But people who love their phome look over this. Then criticize rhings like 1440p, or fast charging, wirelwss chanrging an more. Tbeyvare still advanced features and theybare useful. The same fools will make excjses fornuseless BS lioe Apple way of implenting firce touxh, but rhen criticized tye curved display has gimmicky and useless. That's why i criticize Apple the most, because they frikkin deserve it. Because Apple has high failures on e ery sinvle model iPhone. But its a bigger deal now because 62% of their phone in one quarter failed. Either they exploded, died, battery issue, display issue, ios issues and more. But yet the same fools criticize the Note 7 issue. Samsung didnt accuse anyone and hanflwd the situation. No matter how anyone choose to look at it, Samsung dod everything right except rush to rerelease the phone before testing properly. Apple has purposely sold knowingly defective products to consumers. They deserve morw criticiam than they get and anyone unwilling to criticize them just because they like them id a sellout.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

In order: 1) No you don't. 2) Dude just admit it already, you're a Sammy-Shill. Maybe the second biggest Sammy-Shill I've ever seen on any forum. 3) And we all know that three phones, two of which are over a half decade old mind you, are enough to formulate a proper analysis of the company offering the products. My, how revolutionary./S 4) I'ma need you to look up the word "agnostic" again. I don't think it means what you think it means. 5) WE GOT A REAL EVANGELIST OVER HERE BOYS! GATHER ROUND, AS WE LISTEN TO HIS LOVE STORY WITH INANIMATE OBJECTS! 6) I'm almost certain you are either unemployed or lying about the tech thing. My reasoning: "Singl-Core performance doesn't matter". That's what you said last Friday....And that's hilariously misinformed. No tech fan could be that wrong regarding basic computing. 7) Their products are lacking? To you maybe. Then again, if it ain't Sammy, it ain't worth it, amirite?/S 8) So I'm supposed to take the opinion of you, a known troll, lied, dumbass, and neodyte, ABOVE MILLIONS of satisfied customers? Yeah no, go f**k yourself... 9) Your iPhone gave you the worst problems? Hmmmmm....don't you own a Note 7? I'm pretty sure an explosive device is more troublesome.... 10) Restore. It's LITERALLY that simple. If your Android phone ever bricks, you're officially screwed. 11) Their value has f**k all to do with qaulity. You're just full of it usual. 12) Three years? Strange, the S series seems to be using a similar model. I wonder why that is. 13) Fast charging is useful indeed. The rest of that s**t is garbage and unnecessary. The hell do I want two apps at once on these small ass screens for? 14) Let me tell you something: Nobody stares at their phone screens like that bruh. Nobody. If you're wasting hours of your life staring going "pretty pixels" fine, you do you. Just STFU about it.....we don't care. 15) It's a phone.....Not a time machine. 16) Jesus Christ.....the typos! 17) Interested to see your stats on that because: 18) Wrong. People criticize YOU because you're a retard holding onto a potential grenade because of your unhealthy obsession. 19) Talk about Pot meeting Kettle. What a fucking idiot. Extra: you know what a paragraph is? Extra Extra: Those typos are unsettling...

26. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Check mate.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I've owned PLENTY of HTC phones, including their last flagship, so I know what I'm talking about. Besides, I wasn't trashing them, just this particular offering. Although I guess that doesn't matter.....considering the current landscape after MWC.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

first off your readimg skills are terrible. Comprehending is even worse. I never said you trashed all.of HTC ot anyome products. I did say yoi trashed a product that you have never owned or used. You admitted by your owm words that you trashed this phone a few days ago. Yet as i stated you never owned or used this product. And now you've changed your mind about it.

25. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"first off your readimg skills are terrible" Well, maybe I could read it properly if you could finish a sentence without a typo. Impossible....I know. "Comprehending is even worse." Your grammar is terrible..... "never said you trashed all.of HTC ot anyome products." WTF..... "did say yoi trashed a product that you have never owned or used." You are such a trite bastard. You do the EXACT SAME THING EVERY ARTICLE YOU COMMENT ON. Hypocrite much? "You admitted by your owm words that you trashed this phone a few days ago." Clearly my reading comprehension isn't the only item in question. I distinctly recall saying "weeks", but whatever, make s**t up. You seem to be very good at that. "Yet as i stated you never owned or used this product. And now you've changed your mind about it." A) That's fallacy. Saying "But you never owned one" doesn't excuse opinion. B) Who said I changed my mind? You seem to be assuming my opinion has entirely hasn't. There are still compromises to be had.

15. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You think this is better than the G6 and XZ Premium? For me, this is nothing but a rebranded LG V10, with a Samsung back casing. I hope HTC go back to their old design, remove the black bars, give us the front facing speakers with the fingerprint combo like on the M9+, and of course upgrade the hardware to match those on the G6 and S8.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I think it's better than the G6, not sure about the XZ. The G6 disappointed me with that "regional feature importance" crap, so I'm firmly off that bandwagon. The XZ has some cool stuff, but I don't need or care about 4k, and since I live in America (inb4 somebody calls me an America centric cuck) the no FPS is a turn off. I like the look of this. Sure, it's basically a Note 5 that slept with a V20, but it's sleek. But now that you mention it, I'd take an M9 Plus with an updated chip and 2.5D glass all day. HTC was at their best making sleek metal clad phones, and I think they should stick to their traditional language.

17. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am as disappointed as you are regarding this stupid decision to offer some features while stripping it from others depending on the region. I love their dual camera setup, so I am a bit biased towards the G6. For me, the camera experience is my number one priority, I have two little angels that I keep finding myself snapping dozens of pictures of them daily, and the S7 offers the number one feature for me, which is an extremely underrated feature to when it comes to photography, the blazing fast camera focus. I just hope OEMs starts realizing how important this thing is, whether you are taking pictures of your kids, pets, when in a moving car, etc... it will come in handy and reduce all the blurr from pictures. Anyways, HTC should realize that even to this day, people still love the M7, even with it's crappy camera, so why not go back to the drawing board, start with the M7 and see how you can improve that iconic design and add all the latest and greatest hardware to complement that great design.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

other than the One series, HTC phones look yuck nowadays, including the Pixels.

10. bnjmnhinkle

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I can't do it. It's a shame because I've used quite a few HTC devices in the past. I enjoyed their quality design and Sense UI. Unfortunately, was the past few could not hang with the competition. They seemed a few steps behind Samsung and Apple. Whether it be screen resolution, finger print sensor or camera. To add to that, I don't trust that they fixed their lack of battery life. My M8 and M9 had a horrible battery life. The HTC U looks like a beautiful phone on the outside, but for for $749 they are asking for a lot from their HTC fan base. We have been burnt too many times lately.

12. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1845; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Three words... dEAD oN aRRIVAL

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Nope. HTC dropped the ball with this one. Hoping for the 11 to be a killer phone.

19. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i prefer to buy lg g6 and if s8 debuts in this price range, i take s8.

20. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

The price and not to mention, it will not work with Google daydream. HTC really didn't put to much though into this phone

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