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The HTC U Ultra release date for the US is finally upon us

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Have a hankering for HTC’s latest smartphone with two screens, the HTC U Ultra? Good news for you then, as it will release in the US this Friday, March 10.

The company began taking pre-orders shortly after the announcement of the phone, but is now making good on meeting its mid-March launch target, as noted by phoneArena (opens in new tab).

However, if you’re only just now in search of the U Ultra, prepare for some sticker shock. The phone is being offered in sapphire blue, brilliant black and ice white variants starting at $749 (£649/AU$1,199) and will work only on GSM carriers, like AT&T and T-Mobile. On Verizon or Sprint? No dice for you, unfortunately.

To be fair, the HTC U Ultra does offer a similar set of specs as the comparably priced Google Pixel XL, as well as a few perks of its very own.

It has the same Snapdragon 821 chipset with 4GB of RAM backing the experience. But for the extra $100 or so over Google’s flagship, you’re getting a second sliver of display, much like the LG V20, that is great for displaying favorite apps and notifications. Additionally, this phone accepts microSD cards, a great feature for media buffs.

On the downside, the 3.5mm headphone jack has been lopped off, leaving the included earbuds to occupy the same USB-C port that you charge it with. In our review, we deemed this phone not exactly worth the high asking price, but your mileage may vary.

Cameron Faulkner
Cameron Faulkner

Cameron is a writer at The Verge, focused on reviews, deals coverage, and news. He wrote for magazines and websites such as The Verge, TechRadar, Practical Photoshop, Polygon, Eater and Al Bawaba.