Collision Course: Google Pixel XL Clashes Against HTC U Ultra [Video]
An interesting matchup between two mobile industry partners is about to heat up. For a stretch, HTC has been an integral part of Google's success in unraveling Android products.
In 2017, HTC will introduce its U series which will directly compete against the giant search engine's Pixel flagships. In terms of design, the HTC item presents a peculiar frame. The 3D-outlined surface is integrated with a curved glass structure.
Embedded within the home button is the fingerprint sensor and the unit possesses a USB Type-C port without the headphone jack. The features are in contrast to what the Google Pixel XL has unraveled. The gadget's body is a combination of metal and glass.
Although it has also a Type-C dock, the device continues to accommodate the 3.55 headset port. Considering that the Ultra has ditched the main button, its fingerprint sensor has been installed at the back portion of the unit.
With a 162.4 x 79.8mm dimension, HTC's upcoming product is bigger that the XL's 154.7 x 75.7mm measurement. In addition, the Pixel is lighter at 168g compared to its counterpart's 170g weight. The Ultra introduces the black, white, blue and pink colors to choose from. Google has only the Quite Black and Very Silver to offer.
With regard to the display, the 5.7-inch HTC item projects a super LCD screen that carries a 2560 x 1440 resolution. Aside from the Gorilla Glass 5 protection, the Taiwanese firm will also be introducing a brand that is equipped with sapphire glass. A secondary display is also in place for the Ultra. To avoid any disturbing interference, the 2.05-inch screen has been situated at the top of the main strut.
On the other hand, the XL has a single display panel only that touts a super AMOLED component including a Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Although it is smaller at 5.5-inch, its 534 pixel per inch attribute makes the resolution sharper.
When it comes to camera, the HTC U Ultra offers a 12MP sensor with image stabilizer and laser autofocus. Google's flagship has similar elements but gains a slight edge with its 12.3 MP lens. Its aperture is also narrower at f/2.0 compared to the Ultra's f/1.8.
Both the Pixel XL and the U Ultra are driven by the Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB RAM. The two also run the Android Nougat OS. Compared to the HTC unit that carries a 3000mAh power cell, the XL has extensive battery sustainability due to its 3450mAh capacity.