HTC U Ultra has started receiving its Android 8.0 Oreo update, users in different regions report. The update is now rolling out over-the-air (OTA) in India, Italy, and Taiwan. For now, it's not certain what the update brings in addition to the OS upgrade, apart from the January Android security patch. Two separate firmware versions are available for the update, ostensibly meant for different regions. To recall, the HTC U Ultra was launched in February last year running Android 7.0 Nougat.
Getting back to the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the HTC U Ultra, there are said to be two firmware versions available - v2.19.400.1 weighing in at 1.32GB, and v2.19.709.2 weighing in at 1.58GB. Users reports claiming the rollout can be found at HTC's Taiwan forum and were also shared by The Android Soul.
The HTC U Ultra sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) Super LCD display, apart from a secondary 2-inch display with 1040x160 pixels resolution. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM.
The U Ultra is available in India in its 64GB inbuilt storage variant, expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The 64GB variant's display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. A limited edition with 128GB storage and Sapphire Glass was launched in India in March last year.
As for optics, the HTC U Ultra comes with a 12-UltraPixel rear camera with 1.55-micron pixels, a BSI sensor, laser + phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilisation, an f/2.8 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. At the front, HTC U Ultra sports a 16-megapixel camera with an UltraPixel mode, and a BSI sensor.
Other specifications on the HTC U Ultra include 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity options. The HTC U Ultra bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio support, as well as 3D Audio recording support with 4 microphones. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. It's rated to deliver up to 26 hours of talk-time and up to 13 days of standby time.