HTC U Ultra officially unveiled with sapphire glass and AI assistant

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HTC officially announces its latest flagship, dubbed the U Ultra at a media event held in Taiwan. The flagship is part of the company’s new U series.

The main highlight of the HTC U Ultra is its design. It comes with a sapphire glass protection, a material that is famous for its extreme resistance to scratching. However, only a limited edition HTC U Ultra, which will hit the market later this year, gets the sapphire glass protection. The regular U Ultra will be packed with Gorilla Glass 5 protecting its screen.

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In terms of the screen, the U Ultra ships a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 display, boasting a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Similar to the LG V20, on top of the main display sits a secondary display that has the ability to provide app and system notifications, and on-time alerts coming from HTC’s own AI assistant feature. Called HTC Sense Companion, the HTC’s assistant is deeply integrated in HTC’s software and takes responsibility for collecting data from the user over time.

Running on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software installed out of the box, the U Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core SoC, along with 4GB of Ram and 64GB of internal storage on the standard variant. The sapphire edition packs 128GB of built-in storage. It also supports a microSD card of up to 2TB.

Speaking of the camera, the U Ultra’s rear camera has 12MP of resolution and 1.55um pixels, with PDAF + laser autofocus, aperture of F1.8, sapphire protected lens, dual-tone LED flash and OIS. The front camera comes with a 16MP sensor with UltraPixel mode and 1080p video.

Additionally, the U Ultra includes a 3,000 mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, and USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, and lacks the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The U Ultra will come in black, blue and white, and is now up for pre-order at HTC.com for $749 in the US. Shipping is expected to begin in March. It will go on sale this quarter.

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