After the disasters experienced by the Galaxy Note 7, a large gap has appeared in the oversized smartphone market.
HTC are pushing their way to the front with the 5.7-inch HTC U Ultra although it certainly offers something a little different – two screens on the front and an AI assistant on the inside!
Why two screens? The main screen is for you to carry out your usual activity whilst the second screen is for your notifications and favoured shortcuts.
So how will it compare with other majors players in the market?
Well it certainly looks the part even if it has got a rather off putting ‘Cosmetic Pink’ colour scheme running round the edges – that said, luckily it is also available in black, white or “Sapphire Blue’.
It is just 7.99mm thick and weighs 170 grams as well as having some fairly complimentary comparisons to the iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S7.
The only downside of this new device is that is does tend to smear easily. It is also missing a 3.5mm headphone jack but unlike the iPhone, there is no dongle included in the box so you will need to buy one separately, use the boxed USB-C headphones or go down the Bluetooth route.
The screen is impressive too. As we mentioned, it is 5.7 inches in size, the main screen is 2560 x 1440 pixels – the same as the Galaxy Note 7 and the notification screen is 160 x 1040 which is adequate for just notifications although could perhaps do with a little more.
Performance wise it has everything that you would expect and includes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor alongside 4GB of RAM.
There’s also 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a MicroSD card.
On the camera front, the U Ultra has two impressive versions.
On the back of the phone is HTC’s 12-Ultrapixel camera which boasts a number of features including integrated laser auto focus, a wide-aperture f/1.8 lens and optical-image-stabilisation.
On the front of the device an impressive 16-megapixel selfie camera, which HTC claims can rival any front facing smartphone camera.
It is powered by the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS but it is the Sense Companion AI assistant that seems to steal the show.
Sense responds to voice commands as well as picking up on your habits when you use your device.
It will kick into power saving mode when it expects to be not seeing much service and can remind you to set your Monday morning alarm.
Only time will tell if the HTC U Ultra will fill the gap left by the Galaxy Note 7.