HTC U Ultra vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Specs comparison


HTC just announced two new smartphones called the HTC U Ultra and U Play. While both have been designed to center around you, the user, the U Play is the more affordable and compact option with weaker specs in tow, while the U Ultra is a premium smartphone through and through, and it will be competing for your money with the current top smartphones on the market. The question is: how does it compare to them?

HTC U Ultra sports an all-glass design with aluminum accents, a secondary display on top of its massive 5.7-inch display, similar to the "ticker" screens found on the LG V10 and V20, as well as 16MP cameras on both the back and the front. However, it also comes with a price tag to match all the bells and whistles – $749. So, with that said, is the HTC U Ultra worthy of your money, or should you look at other current flagships instead? Let's see how it compares to the iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel XL:


HTC U Ultra vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL

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Display

Size

5.7 inches
5.5 inches
5.5 inches

Technology

S-LCD 5
IPS LCD
AMOLED

Screen-to-body

69.19 %
67.58 %
71.22 %

Peak brightness

 
625 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Additional display

2.0 inches, 1040 x 160 pixels, IPS LCD
 
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro-AB
Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro

Processor

Quad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2340 MHz, 64-bit, 16 nm
Quad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 530
PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus
Adreno 530

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

64GB
256GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable

OS

Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat)
iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
2900 mAh
3450 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
 
USB Power Delivery

Talk time

 
 
32.00 hours
the average is 17 h (995 min)

Stand-by time

 
 
21.8 days (522 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)

Talk time (3G)

26.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1280 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1280 min)
 

Stand-by time (3G)

13.0 days (312 hours)
the average is 26 days (617 h)
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 26 days (617 h)
 

Talk time (4G)

26 hours
 
 

Stand-by time (4G)

13.0 days (312 hours)
the average is 22 days (523 h)
 
 

Internet use

 
3G: 13 hours; LTE: 13 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours

Music playback

 
60.00 hours
130.00 hours

Video playback

 
12.00 hours
14.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, Laser and PDAF, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, BSI sensor)
12.3 MP (Laser and PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm

Second camera

 
12 MP (Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus)
 

Specifications

 
Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.8; Focal Length: 56 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.6"; Pixel size: 1 μm
 

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Features

Hyperlapse, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing

Front

16 MP
7 MP
8 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.39 x 3.14 x 0.31 inches (162.41 x 79.79 x 7.99 mm)
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)
6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches (154.72 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm)

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.63 oz (188 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum, Glass

Resistance

 
Water, Dust; IP 67
Splash, Dust; IP 53

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
 
Notification light

Shopping information

MSRP

$ 749
$ 969
$ 869


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