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

Display

Display size

5.7 inches
5.5 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels

Aspect Ratio

 
16:9
16:9

Pixel density

513 ppi
401 ppi
534 ppi

Technology

S-LCD 5
IPS LCD
AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

69.19 %
67.58 %
71.22 %

Peak brightness

 
625 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Additional display

2.0 inches, 1040 x 160 pixels, IPS LCD
 
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 megapixels
12 megapixels
12.3 megapixels

Hardware Features

Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Laser and Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Laser and Phase detection autofocus

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 megapixels
 

Hardware Features

 
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
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing

Front

16 megapixels
7 megapixels
8 megapixels

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 6.1 oz (174 g)
6.63 oz (188 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 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

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

4 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4

OS

Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat)
iOS (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
 
Yes

Talk time

 
 
32.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)

Stand-by time

 
 
21.8 days (522 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)

Talk time (3G)

26.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1378 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1378 min)
 

Stand-by time (3G)

13.0 days (312 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
 

Talk time (4G)

26 hours
 
 

Stand-by time (4G)

13.0 days (312 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 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

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 749
$ 969
$ 869


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4 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Why does the back look like the Galaxy S7?

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 932; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

No it's mote like the Note 7 not S7!

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I think more people would prefer the Pixel over the U Ultra. This will be another dud from HTC.

4. civicsr2cool

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Why more phablets.. stop forcing us to buy bigger phones just so you can make bigger profits.

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