New HTC phone has two screens, but no headphone jack

HTC has just announced a new smartphone - the HTC U Ultra. The new handset has flagship level specs, and some unique quirks to make it stand out - including a second screen on the front, but it’s also the latest phone to drop the headphone jack.

The HTC U Ultra is a phablet with a rather interesting design. The most striking feature is the second screen - a two-inch strip that sits below the front camera and above the main 5.7 inch display. It will display notifications and allow quick access to favoured apps, contacts, and music controls. As for the main screen, it's a stunner, with 2560 x 1440 pixel quad-HD resolution.

The U Ultra also has an all glass exterior, which HTC is calling Liquid Surface construction. Essentially, it copies the properties of liquid, creating a handset with a unique reflective surface. In practice it is, by all accounts, shockingly glossy. Expect fingerprints.

The specifications match what you'd expect from a company's flagship phone - which is to say they're pretty beefy. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB RAM. Storage is either 32GB or 64GB - both models feature expandable storage so you can boost capacity up to 2TB with a microSD card.

On the back is a 16 megapixel (MP) camera, with autofocus, optical image stabilisation, and large pixels. The front camera is also 16MP, with the ability to record 1080p video and a host of selfie-supporting features available to take care of it.

Speaking of features, here's another new one - HTC's version of Siri. The Sense Companion AI assistant can take search requests, message dictation and other instructions and uses four microphones located around the phone to listen.

HTC says it's smarter than other virtual assistants, and will learn your habits as you use the phone, and even react intelligently to breaks in routine. For example, if it detects a bank holiday, it may ask if you still want your daily alarm activated.

What's missing from the U Ultra, however, is the headphone jack. Like the iPhone 7, HTC has opted to drop the standard feature from its next phone. Instead, you'll have to connect the packaged headphones through the USB Type-C connection, or use an adapter. And, unlike the iPhone, you'll have to buy that adapter separately.

Source: The Verge

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