HTC‘s U Ultra smartphone is the newest entrant into the market from HTC. HTC is known for making some exceptional hardware in the past. The HTC M Series smartphones are one of the toughest smartphones, and the build quality is also usually on point. However, the same can’t be said about the U Ultra. According to many, the HTC U Ultra is one of the better-looking smartphones out there (unless pick it up and leave your fingerprint). It is made up of a shiny glass material which could be way too much shiny for most people’s liking.
With all that said, the smartphone was put through a durability test by JerryRigEverything and the result, well, it speaks for itself. JerryRigEverything is YouTube channel where a lot of smartphones and other tech gadgets are tested from the inside, i.e.; they usually go through a lot of torture. It is considered that if a smartphone manages to withstand all that, then it is a pretty solid device and should fair well in day-to-day life. And if you are planning to buy the new HTC U Ultra (which you probably shouldn’t) then you might want to check out the video embedded below, before making a purchase decision.
Taking a look at the video, you now know what you are working with here. Starting off with a scratch test, the front of the device scratches at level 6, which is not all that bad. The front facing camera is covered by the same glass, and hence you probably should not worry about it. However, the earpiece is covered by a cloth unit, so don’t expect much durability here. Moving on to the back, the glass managed to withstand the strikes made using theRazor Blade but the flash and the autofocus sensors are covered with plastic, and we quickly saw some scratches.
The Back of the device, in fact, started cracking as the hardness was increased, which is not usually the case. And now, moving on to the flame test, the display quickly recovered from the flame mark which is a good sign but the bend test that came after that pretty much killed the device. The display cracked easily due to the bend test, and it could also be due to the fact that the device was any way cracked from the scratch test. However, the result is quite clear, and it does die very easily. Since it comes with a such a huge footprint, this was very much expected, buy hey, we never asked for such a massive footprint anyway.
With that said, this pretty much proves that the HTC U Ultra is not the best choice if you are looking to buy a durable smartphone. It is extremely fragile and unless you are planning to keep a microfiber cloth to clean it now and then to make it look as beautiful as it looks in their advertisement, and unless you are planning to keep it inside your pocket and barely use it, this is the one to go for. Otherwise, there is practically no other good reason which possibly justifies the price tag of 59,990 INR in India. Let us know what do you think about this and would you be interested in purchasing a smartphone like this ever? Be sure to drop a comment down below and also stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more updates like this.