Google Pixel XL vs. HTC U Ultra

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It is a well-known fact that HTC developed Google's Pixel smartphones. How does their latest flagship, the HTC U Ultra, stand against the Pixel XL? We try to find out.

Google Pixel XL vs. HTC U Ultra

Battery capacity

Google Pixel XL boasts a 3,450 mAh battery, while the HTC U Ultra has a 3,000 mAh battery. Thus, the Pixel XL has 15% larger battery capacity.

Color options

Black and blue are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a silver variant, while the U Ultra also comes in white.


Pixel XL features an aluminum unibody, while the U Ultra boasts of a glass aluminum design. HTC seems to have taken a cue from Samsung since the U Ultra looks almost the same as Galaxy S7 Edge. (Read the comparison between Google Pixel XL and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge).


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. HTC U Ultra is 162.4 mm in height, 79.8 mm in width and 8 mm in depth. Thus, U Ultra is around 5% taller and wider, and around 10% thicker in comparison.

Display pixel density

Pixel XL boasts of a pixel density of 534 ppi, while U Ultra has only 513 ppi. This is evident since Pixel has a smaller display.

Display size

Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display, while U Ultra sports a 5.7-inch display. Hence, U Ultra has a 4% bigger screen than that of Pixel XL.

Display type

Google Pixel XL uses AMOLED technology, while the HTC U Ultra employs Super LCD 5.

Dual screen

Pixel XL has only one screen, while the U Ultra features a second smaller screen above the main display, just like the one seen in LG V20. Not so Samsung-like, eh HTC?

External storage

Pixel XL does not have the option to expand its storage capacity by any means. U Ultra, on the other hand, can widen the memory up to 2 TB via a micro SD card.

Fingerprint sensor placement

Pixel XL has the fingerprint module at the rear, while the U Ultra has the sensor embedded in the physical Home button in the front.

Headphone jack

While the Google Pixel XL comes with the standard 3.5 mm jack, HTC U Ultra has taken a leap and removed it.

Home button

Pixel XL comes with an on-screen Home button, while the U Ultra has a physical off-screen button located below the display.

Internal storage options

Pixel XL offers a base variant with 32 GB memory, while U Ultra starts with 64 gigs of storage. There is an additional 128 GB model for the Google Pixel XL.

Optical image stabilization

Google Pixel XL does not come with OIS, while the HTC U Ultra has this feature.


Pixel XL is available at $769 (for 32 GB variant), $869 (for 128 GB variant). U Ultra is available at $749 (for 64 GB).

Primary camera aperture

Pixel XL has a rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 while the U Ultra's primary camera has f/1.8 aperture size. Hence, more light is allowed to pass through in case of the HTC U Ultra.

Secondary camera

Google Pixel XL comes with a 8 MP front camera. HTC U Ultra has a 16 MP front shooter. Thus, U Ultra has double the megapixels in its secondary camera.

Other common features

  • Weight (170 g approx.)
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Single lens 12 MP primary camera
  • Android 7 Nougat


HTC U Ultra does not sound like a big deal. It seems to be inspired from features already available in other brands. Moreover, although it does come with Android Nougat, it is likely to receive no or very slow updates when compared to the in-house Pixel XL. With almost similar features and a proven camera record, Google Pixel XL definitely wins over the HTC U Ultra.


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