HTC’s Taiwan Facebook page posted a teaser late last night that told us to prepare for an “unexpected surprise” on March 20. We aren’t sure what exactly that could mean, but an accompanying image with the text “Spring is coming” might give us another clue. Actually, it doesn’t at all. I’m fully confused. (more…)
When HTC first introduced the U Ultra, then talked a lot about the phone’s AI smarts. The U Ultra was supposed to include an assistant of sorts, called HTC Sense Companion, that could help you throughout a day and potentially learn from you the more you use your phone.
We poked quite a bit of fun at it that day, because HTC was all sorts of excited about a not-yet-ready “AI” app they had built that basically did things Google Now had been doing for years. I’m not kidding either, HTC Sense Companion is just an app that isn’t baked into the phone and doesn’t appear to be all that advanced. I say that because the app is now available to HTC customers and sure looks like a quarter-baked assistant application. (more…)
The HTC U Ultra is going to be a tough sell, I fully understand that. The phone is expensive, it’s not sold through a single US carrier, and HTC already told us to expect another upgraded phone in the near future with a Snapdragon 835. Still, we know that some of you will go through with buying a U Ultra (hopefully at a discounted price) and we’re here to help you out.
After unboxing the device earlier in the week, we’re now diving into the good stuff – the stuff where we help you get the most out of your new phone. With pre-orders of US models supposedly shipping, some of you may have devices on doorsteps within a matter of hours. For you, let’s dive into the first 10 things to do with your HTC U Ultra. (more…)
Pre-orders of the HTC U Ultra in the US are apparently shipping from HTC’s store, but look, you should probably cancel yours and just order one through eBay if this is the phone for you. eBay has been selling them for a good week or two now, with one seller dropping the price like crazy over the past few days. You can currently buy a brand new, unlocked U Ultra for as low as $635.99. That’s an insane $113 discount on a phone that hasn’t even technically launched yet. (more…)
The HTC U Ultra is supposed to arrive with the next week or so as an unlocked phone sold through HTC’s site. HTC hasn’t exactly shared the specific date with us, but has said that mid-March is the launch time frame. Since that could mean an arrival within a week, we decided it was time to start showing this device off to you, should you be one of the few interested.
To kick off our review period, we’re diving into an unboxing of the blue version of the HTC U Ultra (also comes in black, white, or pink). This is an international unlocked model, so just like the version sold through HTC’s site, it won’t work on anything in the US but AT&T and T-Mobile. (more…)
It’s already March and the US market has yet to see a major flagship launch from the larger Android OEMs. While a couple have been announced (LG G6 and HTC U Ultra), there are another couple scheduled for unveiling on March 29, those being the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ from Samsung. However, thanks to various leaks and reports, it’s possible many potential buyers have already made up their minds on which phone they’re leaning towards.
To sum up what we have so far, the LG G6 is a huge change up from last year’s G5, featuring water resistance and a 18:9 QHD display. Pricing and exact availability is not yet known, but expect it in April.
The Galaxy S8, at least from what we’ve seen, has a very interesting hardware design with hardly any bezel around its display. It also seems like a safe assumption that it will be water resistant and have a crazy-good camera, too.
As for the U Ultra from HTC, it was announced mid-January and we’re still waiting on an exact launch date for the US. For specs, it has a secondary ticker display, no water resistance, Snapdragon 821, no headphone jack, and a large 5.7″ QHD LCD display. Pricing is confirmed, though, unlocked starting at $749.
Let us know which way you’re leaning!
Android 7.0 “Nougat” arrived back in late August. I point that out because we have seen numerous devices over the past week receive an update to it. I also point that out because you should be shaking your head at these companies for finally getting around to giving your high-end phone a taste of a version of Android that isn’t even close to being the most current. (more…)