HTC announced the Sapphire Edition HTC U Ultra in Taiwan just last month. Now, the said special edition smartphone is expected to hit Europe in a few days. Unlike the regular HTC U Ultra, the sapphire edition boasts of a screen with level-9 Mohs hardness. This is practically why the said phone is a bit more expensive than the regular model.
It is worth noting that the regular edition HTC U Ultra only has 64 GB native storage and is only priced at €699 or $750 in USD. The sapphire model, on the other hand, has 128 GB worth of native storage and is priced at €849, or around $900 in USD. The sapphire material used in the special model is said to be the same durable material that is mostly used in expensive watches due to its intense resistance to scratches.
Nevertheless, apart from the storage amount and screen durability, the two variants are practically the same, Phone Arena reported. The HTC U Ultra has a 5.7-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. There is also a 2.05-inch secondary display with a 160 x 1040 pixel resolution, GSM Arena reported.
The HTC U Ultra runs Android Nougat from the box and is powered by Snapdragon 821. There is a 12 MP rear camera and a 16 MP front camera as well. Its fingerprint sensor is front-mounted and its battery size is 3000 mAh. Among other things, the HTC U Ultra is equipped with Quick Charge 3.0 capability and is available in four colors.
As for the availability details of the said phone, it was said that pre-orders of the HTC U Ultra Sapphire Edition are already going on in Germany and Switzerland. The phone will then be made available on April 18 in the mentioned countries. It is also believed that the Sapphire HTC U Ultra will also arrive in more European countries in the coming weeks.