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HTC U Ultra is already discounted just weeks after its release

The HTC U Ultra, seen here in Sapphire Blue. (Source: HTC)
The HTC U Ultra, seen here in Sapphire Blue. (Source: HTC)
Just days before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC has put its premium HTC U Ultra handset on sale. The Snapdragon 821-powered device is $150 off for the rest of the week.

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Just under 40 days ago, the HTC U Ultra became available in the US, and it already has a big price discount. The handset, which normally goes for $749 unlocked, is down to $599 for the rest of the week.

It's very surprising to see such a new device have its price slashed so early in its life cycle. The U Ultra is no slouch when it comes to specs. It has a 5.7-inch 1440p display powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor and 4 GB of RAM. 64 GB of storage are included, and the phone comes with a 12-megapixel main camera and 16-megapixel front camera. The U Ultra has several unique features, chief among them a second screen directly above the main display (similar to the LG V10 and V20) and the ability to capture 360-degree sound.

Why is it, then, that HTC has seen fit to put the U Ultra on sale? It could be the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy S8—that is happening later this week, on April 21. The company may want to lure in as many customers as it can before the tidal wave that is a new Galaxy flagship floods the smartphone market.

Another reason could be the generally mixed reviews the handset has received. Critics have praised the U Ultra's specs but pointed out their frustration with several design decisions. Lastly, it could just be that HTC has a new flagship smartphone in the works and simply wants to clear its current inventory. Whatever the reason, if you've had your eye on the U Ultra but couldn't justify spending full price on it, this is probably your best chance to score a deal on the device.

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John Garcia, 2017-04-17 (Update: 2017-04-17)
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