04-23-2017 03:54 PM
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  1. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    Well, there doesn't seem to be much activity or review for this phone just yet (since it hasn't been release worldwide yet), so hope you guys won't mind me sharing mine. I did a video review for the phone, but if you want a more summarised version, just read below to save time.



    In a nutshell, i would say this is a really decent smartphone. The camera is actually remarkably good, with consistent performance and natural looking colours. The performance is decent. The software experience, other than HTC's skin, works mostly similar to stock Android with some google apps as the default. The design is pretty striking too in the sapphire blue variant, albeit having big bezels.

    But it's a phone that I probably wouldn't recommend most people to get at this point in time with the newer phones announced, or going to be announced soon. Especially not at its asking price.

    When I compare it to devices like the V20, Mate 9, Google Pixel, Galaxy S7 Edge (all of which I've tested myself), there isn't really anything that is particularly impressive on the U Ultra. Even when comparing it to the HTC 10 it's not a clear win for the U Ultra. While the U Ultra has a bigger screen, better rear camera, it loses the headset jack (not a huge deal for me, but some people might not like it), loses the OIS on the front camera, and the battery life doesn't seem be be as good (with the second screen on).

    And i'm still comparing it to devices from 2016 at this point. I can't help but feel like the phone came out a bit too late. It's still a really nice phone for most people I think, but for the more tech savvy, the only reason to go for the U Ultra would probably be the design and someone who wants a bigger HTC flagship device.

    If you watched my video, you'll probably find it a bit on the negative side of things, and I really can't help it. I've been a fan of the company's product since the One X. And really its main series of smartphone has been constantly decent (except for the One M9 IMO), and perhaps a little bit too constant considering how much other manufacturers have improved. But in the past years of so, its product lineup has been somewhat of a mess (HTC 10 Lifestyle, Desire 10 Pro, One M9+, One E8, One E9+, One ME, One X9, One A9, etc).

    This makes the U Ultra more heartbreaking disappointing to me considering how much expectations I had from the company. Especially after what I considered to be their return to form with the HTC 10. Anyway, hope this review will be helpful for those considering to get this phone. It's still a good phone, but perhaps I was just expecting a bit too much. If only the phone was priced more reasonably.

    Anyone already got the phone or thinking about it? Will love to hear your thoughts on the phone too!
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    02-28-2017 11:04 PM
  2. MelCali82's Avatar
    THanks for the review.. I subbed.
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    02-28-2017 11:56 PM
  3. isdaako's Avatar
    Well done!
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    03-04-2017 09:13 AM
  4. zipro's Avatar
    I've had mine for a while now. The only downside for me is the lack of a headphone jack. Considering that it won't work with any of the USB-C adapters I tried, this is a fatal flaw. Other than that it's pretty much the same as the LG G6 hardware wise and has the exactly same price. While 749$ isn't exactly cheap, it seems that all manufacturers have together decided to hike the prices this year. I believe the U Ultra will end up being one of the more moderately priced phones this year. The Huawei P10 Plus costs more, the S8 and the Sony XZ Premium will both be considerably more and the new iPhone will likely go for over a grand. The problem with the U Ultra is that it's fairly mainstream. It's the same device as the LG G6 and the Huawei. So why would anyone buy the one without the headphone jack if the others all have it and cost the same?

    The 821 processor is a non-issue by the way. Early benchmarks of the S8 with its 835 are fairly discouraging. The S8 is barely faster than the S7. The 821 might actually turn out to be the better choice as it's quite low power and runs very cool.

    The battery in the U Ultra isn't huge, but it lasts a full day and charges extremely fast.

    The question remains: why buy this one rather than, say, a Pixel XL or an LG G6? Since they're all the same, it really doesn't matter. The second screen is very gimmicky and really does absolutely nothing for me. The lack of a headphone jack and no adapter available plain sucks. If it were priced 100$ less, it'd probably sell OK, but as it stands now, this will be a failure for HTC, IMO. One that could easily be fixed, though: make it a bit cheaper and send the buyers an audio adapter.
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    03-04-2017 11:25 AM
  5. cert15z's Avatar
    There is no audio adapter in the box?
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    03-04-2017 07:12 PM
  6. zipro's Avatar
    There is no audio adapter in the box?
    Nope. And there doesn't seem to exist a compatible one at the moment, either.
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    03-05-2017 04:50 AM
  7. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    I've had mine for a while now. The only downside for me is the lack of a headphone jack. Considering that it won't work with any of the USB-C adapters I tried, this is a fatal flaw. Other than that it's pretty much the same as the LG G6 hardware wise and has the exactly same price. While 749$ isn't exactly cheap, it seems that all manufacturers have together decided to hike the prices this year. I believe the U Ultra will end up being one of the more moderately priced phones this year. The Huawei P10 Plus costs more, the S8 and the Sony XZ Premium will both be considerably more and the new iPhone will likely go for over a grand. The problem with the U Ultra is that it's fairly mainstream. It's the same device as the LG G6 and the Huawei. So why would anyone buy the one without the headphone jack if the others all have it and cost the same?

    The 821 processor is a non-issue by the way. Early benchmarks of the S8 with its 835 are fairly discouraging. The S8 is barely faster than the S7. The 821 might actually turn out to be the better choice as it's quite low power and runs very cool.

    The battery in the U Ultra isn't huge, but it lasts a full day and charges extremely fast.

    The question remains: why buy this one rather than, say, a Pixel XL or an LG G6? Since they're all the same, it really doesn't matter. The second screen is very gimmicky and really does absolutely nothing for me. The lack of a headphone jack and no adapter available plain sucks. If it were priced 100$ less, it'd probably sell OK, but as it stands now, this will be a failure for HTC, IMO. One that could easily be fixed, though: make it a bit cheaper and send the buyers an audio adapter.
    Thanks for the review! Yeah, the price is just a bit hard to swallow for what it does in my opinion. I would just go with the Pixel XL for this kind of money. Or cheaper options like V20, Mate 9 or even the HTC 10 still holds up well and offers similarly decent experiences.
    03-05-2017 08:44 AM
  8. Large Hadron's Avatar
    Nope. And there doesn't seem to exist a compatible one at the moment, either.
    Interesting. What adapters have you tried?

    I'm very interested in this because it's probably be best clue we have to what HTC will do in their next flagship, though no guarantee it will be the same. In particular I'm interested in whether they have a decent DAC and amp in the phone and can output analogue audio via the USB-C, or whether they output only digital audio which then requires a DAC and amp in the dongle (like Apple, and since nobody wants to pay good money for a dongle that means using cheap components). I could live with the former, the latter would be a deal-breaker for me.
    03-05-2017 12:21 PM
  9. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    I don't have any adapters to try, but my friend tested a few when he still had the phone and nothing worked. I received a software update to this app by HTC afterwards though, not sure if it helps. I use primarily wireless earbuds, so I almost never 3.5mm earphones.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...c.fwupdatetool

    Audio Jack Adapter Toolkit
    Toolkit to support USB-C Digital to 3.5mm Audio Jack Adapter firmware update.
    03-05-2017 11:01 PM
  10. Large Hadron's Avatar
    Thanks. Unless it's poor wording that does imply active components in the adapter, which isn't encouraging for my preferences.
    03-06-2017 03:47 AM
  11. zipro's Avatar
    I don't have any adapters to try, but my friend tested a few when he still had the phone and nothing worked. I received a software update to this app by HTC afterwards though, not sure if it helps. I use primarily wireless earbuds, so I almost never 3.5mm earphones.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...c.fwupdatetool

    Audio Jack Adapter Toolkit
    Toolkit to support USB-C Digital to 3.5mm Audio Jack Adapter firmware update.
    I tried after the update and the adapters still don't work. I tried one made for Motorola phones and another generic one
    03-06-2017 02:32 PM
  12. Large Hadron's Avatar
    It's curious that they sell an adapter for the Bolt but if you look for accessories for the U Ultra it's described as "coming soon" (or was yesterday). Genuinely different adapters, or a bookkeeping error?
    03-06-2017 04:12 PM
  13. zipro's Avatar
    It's curious that they sell an adapter for the Bolt but if you look for accessories for the U Ultra it's described as "coming soon" (or was yesterday). Genuinely different adapters, or a bookkeeping error?
    Yeah, not listed in Europe. HTC Europe told me there isn't one.
    03-07-2017 11:54 AM
  14. Large Hadron's Avatar
    Yeah, you have to look at the US site to see it at all.
    03-07-2017 04:18 PM
  15. cert15z's Avatar
    Yeah, you have to look at the US site to see it at all.
    Here is a link:
    https://forums.androidcentral.com/e?...token=336qpo1x
    03-07-2017 04:48 PM
  16. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    Do the included earbuds work with other USB-C devices?

    The HTC Bolt doesn't have a jack too, and its included earbuds don't work with other USB-C devices.
    03-08-2017 05:31 AM
  17. zipro's Avatar
    Doesn't help me as I can't order from there
    03-08-2017 11:22 AM
  18. cert15z's Avatar
    J Will's unboxing of the U Ultra.
    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=54kaOMDuGww
    03-08-2017 08:39 PM
  19. zipro's Avatar
    another full review.
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    03-10-2017 03:54 AM
  20. zipro's Avatar
    Honestly, considering the feedback here (or lack thereof) and elsewhere, I'd seriously be surprised if this phone were selling.
    03-10-2017 02:48 PM
  21. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    Great review!

    I have been wondering when this will land here in South Africa, but knowing HTC, it will be months. I'm sad to here it does not have a 3.5mm jack, HTC were many years ago the anti-Apple of Android OEMs while Samsung were creating iPhone look alikes with the 1st Galaxy S.

    Now HTC seem to want to do everything Apple does and it is not helping them at all.
    I've had mine for a while now. The only downside for me is the lack of a headphone jack. Considering that it won't work with any of the USB-C adapters I tried, this is a fatal flaw. Other than that it's pretty much the same as the LG G6 hardware wise and has the exactly same price. While 749$ isn't exactly cheap, it seems that all manufacturers have together decided to hike the prices this year. I believe the U Ultra will end up being one of the more moderately priced phones this year. The Huawei P10 Plus costs more, the S8 and the Sony XZ Premium will both be considerably more and the new iPhone will likely go for over a grand. The problem with the U Ultra is that it's fairly mainstream. It's the same device as the LG G6 and the Huawei. So why would anyone buy the one without the headphone jack if the others all have it and cost the same?

    The 821 processor is a non-issue by the way. Early benchmarks of the S8 with its 835 are fairly discouraging. The S8 is barely faster than the S7. The 821 might actually turn out to be the better choice as it's quite low power and runs very cool.

    The battery in the U Ultra isn't huge, but it lasts a full day and charges extremely fast.

    The question remains: why buy this one rather than, say, a Pixel XL or an LG G6? Since they're all the same, it really doesn't matter. The second screen is very gimmicky and really does absolutely nothing for me. The lack of a headphone jack and no adapter available plain sucks. If it were priced 100$ less, it'd probably sell OK, but as it stands now, this will be a failure for HTC, IMO. One that could easily be fixed, though: make it a bit cheaper and send the buyers an audio adapter.
    Early S8 benchmarks? The phone and is not even announced let alone released, the Snapdragon 835 is still not in final form either even the Sony Xperia XZ Premiums at MWC were nowhere near production products, so i imagine any benchmark of the 835 would be crap as:
    1. No benchmark has been updated to fully​ support the SoC
    2. The phones being run on these benchmarks are on Beta Software at best, lol , of course the benchmarks will be horrible.

    People make this same mistake every year, and the 1sr reaction is that the new SoC is bad, and then it's benchmarked in a retail device and blows everything out the water.
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    03-11-2017 07:20 AM
  22. zipro's Avatar
    Great review!

    I have been wondering when this will land here in South Africa, but knowing HTC, it will be months. I'm sad to here it does not have a 3.5mm jack, HTC were many years ago the anti-Apple of Android OEMs while Samsung were creating iPhone look alikes with the 1st Galaxy S.

    Now HTC seem to want to do everything Apple does and it is not helping them at all.

    Early S8 benchmarks? The phone and is not even announced let alone released, the Snapdragon 835 is still not in final form either even the Sony Xperia XZ Premiums at MWC were nowhere near production products, so i imagine any benchmark of the 835 would be crap as:
    1. No benchmark has been updated to fully​ support the SoC
    2. The phones being run on these benchmarks are on Beta Software at best, lol , of course the benchmarks will be horrible.

    People make this same mistake every year, and the 1sr reaction is that the new SoC is bad, and then it's benchmarked in a retail device and blows everything out the water.
    Benchmarks aren't everything. The U Ultra fares worse in Geekbench than the S7 EDGE and the iPhone 7 Plus, yet in real-life use it just feels a lot zippier than either one of these.
    03-11-2017 02:48 PM
  23. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    Benchmarks aren't everything. The U Ultra fares worse in Geekbench than the S7 EDGE and the iPhone 7 Plus, yet in real-life use it just feels a lot zippier than either one of these.
    Indeed, that is the other argument.

    We can't judge anything strictly on benchmarks, i personally don't even look at them anymore, I am not even sure what the new standard scores are in AnTuTu or Geekbench, some of these benchmarks even go out of style, LOL, remember Quadrant!!? That thing was thee benchmark in the Gingerbread days.

    All I am saying is that we can't judge a device that has to even be announced or released, especially with figures achieved on devices are not even final.

    The other argument is can we even compare iPhone and Android benchmark scores when the 2 OSs work so differently!? It all gets rather messy.
    03-11-2017 02:55 PM
  24. cert15z's Avatar
    It's curious that they sell an adapter for the Bolt but if you look for accessories for the U Ultra it's described as "coming soon" (or was yesterday). Genuinely different adapters, or a bookkeeping error?
    I just received the U Ultra 3.5mm adapter. It is the same adapter as the Bolt.
    Attached Thumbnails My Review on the HTC U Ultra-11966.jpg  
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    03-11-2017 04:44 PM
  25. bhatech's Avatar
    I just received the U Ultra 3.5mm adapter. It is the same adapter as the Bolt.
    Is this something you can buy of Amazon or it needs to be this particular one. I assume any USB C to 3.5 mm Jack should be fine and I rather buy from Amazon with fast prime shipping than direct from HTC.
    03-11-2017 04:56 PM
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