Late Release Date & More
Last but not least is the release date. There are a few great reasons to buy the HTC U Ultra, but by the time it's actually released they won't be all that great. It was announced on January 12th, but it won't be released until Mid-March. That's over two months away.
By the time it's available the Galaxy S8 will be here (or coming very soon) which will be better in almost every way. Including water-resistant and top-tier specs. The LG G6 will be on HTC's heels or already in consumers hands, and other manufacturers will be gearing up to release their big products for 2017.
A two month delay between announcement and release is simply too long. If it was released today it would have a chance, in late March the game will be over.
In addition to having 2016 specs and what will likely be poor battery like compared to others, it's missing other things. There's no water resistance, no wireless charging, nothing groundbreaking like the Galaxy S8 thin bezels, and they straight-up copied the LG V10 second screen. Which is more of a gimmick than anything. The result is a phone that's bigger than it needs to be, will lose battery even faster, and added to the cost.
At the end of the day it's terrible to be this critical of a beautiful new smartphone. A lot of the choices just don't make a lot of sense. Especially the battery size and price. Many will buy and love the new HTC U Ultra. However, we'd recommend waiting to see what else comes along in March or April.