The smartphone market in India today has some competitive flagship smartphones and one can easily make a choice as the range has spread out from Rs 30,000 going all the way to Rs 92,000. But today its not just the price that matters, it is also what you get for the price you pay. We have put the latest flagships up against each other in a royal rumble of specifications.

Note, that we have only put smartphones that are currently available in the market, although there are a bunch of smartphones that are still not here in India.

HTC U Ultra Apple iPhone 7 Plus Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Google Pixel XL One Plus 3T
Display Size (inch) 5.7 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Resolution (pixels) 1,440 x 2,560 1,080 x 1,920 1,440 x 2,560 1440 x 2560 1,080 x 1,920
Pixel Density (PPI) 513 401 534 534 401
Display Type Super LCD5 IPS LCD Super AMOLED AMOLED AMOLED
Dimensions (mm) 162.4×79.8×8 158.2×77.9×7.3 150.9×72.6×7.7 154.7×75.7×8.6 152.7×74.7×7.4 mm
Weight (gm) 170 188 157 168 158
Dual SIM Yes No Yes No Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Connectivity Types GSM / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE /EVDO
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Apple A10 Fusion Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Exynos 8890 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
CPU Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core, Octa-core Quad-core Quad-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz) 2×2.15 Kryo & 2×1.6 Kryo 2.34 2×2.15 Kryo & 2×1.6 Kryo, 4×2.3 Mongoose & 4×1.6 Cortex-A53 2×2.15 Kryo & 2×1.6 Kryo 2×2.35 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo
GPU Adreno 530 Custom Adreno 530, Mali-T880 MP12 Adreno 530 Adreno 530
RAM 4GB 3GB 4GB 4GB 6GB
Ruggedness IP67 IP68
On-Board Memory 64, 128GB 32,128,256GB 32,64GB 32,128GB 64GB, 128GB
Expandable Memory Yes, Upto 256GB Yes, Upto 256GB Yes, upto 256GB
Sensors Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Heart-rate, SpO2 Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Primary Camera 12 MP, f/1.8 12MP, f/1.8 12MP, f/1.7 12MP, f/2.0 16 MP, f/2.0
Optical Image Stabilization Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Camera Array Single Camera Dual Camera Single Camera Single Camera Single Camera
Autofocus System Laser and phase detection Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection
Secondary Camera 16 MP 7MP, f/2.2 5MP, f/1.7 8MP, f/2.0 16 MP, f/2.0
Video Capture 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
Flash dual-LED quad-LED LED dual-LED LED
OS Version Android 7.0 Nougat Apple iOS 10 Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 7.1 Nougat Android 7.1 Nougat
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Direct Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual, band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE
NFC Yes Yes (Apple Pay only) Yes Yes Yes
Infrared No No No No No
Fingerprint Scanner Yes, Home button Yes, Home button Yes, Home button Yes, rear mounted Yes, Home button
3.5mm jack No No Yes Yes Yes
Radio No No No No No
USB Type Type-C Reversible connector Reversible connector microUSB Type-C Reversible connector Type-C Reversible connector
USB Standard USB 3.1 Lightning USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Battery (mAh) 3,000 2,900 3,600 3,450 3,400
Quick Charge Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 No Yes, Quick Charge 2.0 Yes, Dash Charging
Colors Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink, Ice White, Sapphire Blue Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold Black, White, Gold, Silver, Pink Gold Blue, Silver, Black Gunmetal, Soft Gold
Price Rs 59,990 Rs 72,000 Rs 52,000 Rs 57,000 Rs 29,999

HTC U Ultra

This is the latest flagship from HTC. It is a rather large 5.7-inch device which also has a small secondary display right on top of the main display, just like the LG V20. HTC has gone for a glossy build and comes with some high-end specifications. The smartphone was just made available and is priced at Rs 59,990, which is a rather expensive deal.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

There is no doubt that Apple makes excellent smartphones. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with an all-new dual-camera design, improved performance and is even waterproof. Prices start from Rs 72,000 for 32GB, Rs 82,000 for 128GB and Rs 92,000 for the 256GB variant.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

One of the best Android smartphones today, the Galaxy S7 Edge is an all-rounder performing great in the performance, camera and the battery department. Oh and that curved edge display is a head turner. The smartphone is priced about Rs 52,000 but you could get a better deal through offline stores.

Google Pixel XL

The first ever smartphone coming from the house of Google. The Pixel XL offers the purest and one of the best Android experience on any smartphone. It is loaded with an excellent camera, a good chunky battery and the latest Android version with Google Assistant. The Pixel XL is priced at Rs 67,000 for the 32GB variant and Rs 72,000 for the 128GB variant.

OnePlus 3T

The budget flagship, and probably the best value for money smartphone to go for today. The handset is loaded to the brim and even offers a whopping 6-gigs of RAM and the high-end Snapdragon 821 chipset. Priced at Rs 29,999, it is selling like hot-cakes today in the market.

Conclusion

The HTC U Ultra is priced higher than all the handsets, except the iPhone 7 Plus. At Rs 59,990, it will face a lot of competition considering there are so many options priced lower, including the iPhone 7 32GB variant. There isn’t anything unique on the U Ultra either, sure there is an intuitive digital assistant (Sense Companion) and some tweaks to enhance the audio experience, but that is probably not enough to make it this expensive.

Of course, this analysis is purely based on what we know about the device and the features. Once we review the smartphone, we can come to a better conclusion if the HTC U Ultra is worth the money. So keep an eye out for the full review in the near future.

Publish date: March 7, 2017 5:35 pm| Modified date: March 7, 2017 5:44 pm

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