Have you ever looked at your smartphone and wished it had more than one screen? I'm not talking about plastering an e-ink display on the back. I'm talking about a tiny ticker of a display just above the main screen. Apparently, HTC has been watching LG quite closely, because the newly announced HTC U Ultra borrows some rather significant "design inspiration" from its Korean counterpart.
Look familiar? This is exactly like what we find on the LG V20, and on the LG V10 before that. The secondary display measures two inches across the diagonal and has a resolution of 160 x 1040 pixels. Similar to LG's implementation, the HTC U Ultra utilizes this secondary screen to show frequent apps. It can also be used to display an upcoming appointment, like that very important movie date with Jerome, or frequent contacts.
Aside from the secondary screen, the main feature set also includes a Snapdragon 821 chip, 4GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 Super LCD display, up to 128GB of storage, and a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The main camera is a 12MP UltraPixel 2 shooter with optical image stabilization, laser and phase detection autofocus, and a wide f/1.8 aperture. Curiously, the front-facing camera is a higher resolution at 16 megapixels.
Rounding out the spec sheet are USB-C connectivity, LTE support (but no Band 66), Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BoomSound speakers, four microphones, 3D audio recording, Android 7.0 and HTC Sense Companion, the company's take on personal assistants.
The HTC U Ultra is available for pre-order in the United States starting today and HTC will "have an update on Canada at a later date." Alongside the U Ultra, the company also announced the more affordable HTC U Play that strips away some of the fancy features, like the second screen.