HTC U Ultra drops the headphone jack and picks up a secondary display

HTC is getting smarter – well, its phones are. The HTC U Ultra, which alongside the HTC U Play is another new line of handsets to wrap your head around, is a phablet that’s packing in some high-end specs and an all-new AI companion… and for something below a flagship price.

Meet HTC U Ultra, the big 5.7” phone that reflects the best U with a new beautifully contoured, symmetrical, liquid surface. Hold it up and you’ll see that the phone transforms light as you turn it – adding brilliance and depth from every angle. It’s the result of a new process where colors bond to the glass in multiple layers; while the glass itself is carefully moulded, bent, and folded to mimic the natural surface tension of liquid.

HTC U Ultra

The HTC U Ultra has a 5.7-inch 1440p LCD display, but right above the display is yet another feature borrowed from the competition: The U Ultra has a secondary ticker display just like the LG V20. This may actually be the most blatant example of copying in the U Ultra. The secondary display has a resolution of 160×1040, exactly the same as the V20. It’s also shifted off to the right with the front-facing camera on the left. This strip shows notification text, shortcuts, and some basic stats while the main screen is asleep.

The U Ultra is now available for pre-order from htc.com for $750, in an unlocked version that will work with the LTE networks of AT&T and T-Mobile. It will ship in early March.