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:


Display

Size

5.5 inches
5.5 inches
5.7 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
AMOLED
S-LCD 5

Screen-to-body

67.58 %
71.22 %
69.19 %

Peak brightness

625 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 

Features

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

Additional display

 
 
2.0 inches, 160 pixels 1040 x, IPS LCD

Hardware

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus
Adreno 530
Adreno 530

RAM

3GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

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

OS

iOS (14.x, 13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat)

Battery

Capacity

2900 mAh
3450 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

 
USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Talk time

 
32.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 

Stand-by time

 
21.8 days (522 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
 
26.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
13.0 days (312 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Talk time (4G)

 
 
26 hours

Stand-by time (4G)

 
 
13.0 days (312 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 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

Dual camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

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

Specifications

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
Aperture size: F1.8; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm

Second camera

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

Specifications

Optical zoom: 2.0x; 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) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Features

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

Front

7 MP
8 MP
16 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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)
6.39 x 3.14 x 0.31 inches (162.41 x 79.79 x 7.99 mm)

Weight

6.63 oz (188.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.93 oz (168.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.00 oz (170.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP67
Splash, Dust; IP53
 

Biometrics

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

Features

 
Notification light
Touch sensitive control keys

Buyers information

Price

$ 969
$ 869
$ 749


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