Following the official launch of the HYC U-Play and the HTC U Ultra earlier in the year at the CES 2017 which held in January, the tech company had promised a more premium version of the U Ultra device which it said will hit the market soon. However, it comes to a shock when the tech company started receiving pre-orders for the Sapphire variant of the device just months after.
In the same vein, HTC which is preparing to launch a more premium smartphone expectedly the HTC 11 device as a successor to the HTC 10 device has announced that it will be bringing the premium and limited variant of the U Ultra to market come April 18.
The European market will be getting the device with the Sapphire screen as from April 18 coming after the limited premium edition of the device had seen a major opening in Taiwan, the homestead of the Taiwanese company.
A recent report indicates that the premium device will see an official entry into Germany and Switzerland come April 18 and will be available for about 849 euros.
Recall that the regular HTC U Ultra came into the market sporting a regular Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layered on top of the screen and sold for an approximate of 699 euros in the market depending on taxes and other charges that may be attached to the purchase. The Sapphire glass layered variant, however, comes providing the device with an added premium look and protection against cracks and scratches.
Coming with the Sapphire glass variant will be an added layer of protection which will be added on to the camera panel to protect against scratch and cracks and keep the sensor intact in case it falls off the user’s hand.
The Sapphire Glass coating is made of crystallized aluminum oxide and has been found to have been used in more premium range smartphones and gadgets including Apple Watch. The Sapphire Glass is more expensive compared to the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layered on the regular variant hence the increased price.
The Sapphire layered U Ultra, however, comes with the same specs as in the Corning Gorilla Glass variant as it sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood along with 4GB of RAM. The octa-core processor is clocked at a speed of 2.15GHz and boasts a 5.7-inch screen with display resolutions of 2560 x 1440 pixels. On the camera front, the device boasts of a 12MP UltraPixel camera on the rear panel with a f/1.8 aperture capable of capturing 4K videos, and on the front panel, a 16 MP camera is fitted for selfies and video calling.
The HTC U Ultra is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery which is equipped with the fast charging capability and a fingerprint sensor mounted on the rear panel for added security.
HTC is however reported to be working on a more premium device which is expected to run on 6GB of RAM along with the latest processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835 SoC.