Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has officially unveiled its new HTC U series of smartphones including HTC U Play and U Ultra. In which the HTC U Ultra is high-end flagship model while the U Play is for the mid-range segment. Both the HTC U series smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC Sense UI out of the box.
The HTC U Ultra price in USA is set to $750, will be available for pre-order via HTC’s official website in Sapphire Blue, Comestic Pink, Brilliant Black and Ice White color options. While the Sapphire Glass 128GB storage variant will cost $910. Coming to the HTC U Play price in USA is set to $440 and will be available in a first quarter of this year.
Additionally, HTC has also announced its own Sense Companion – a voice-controlled assistant, quite similar to Siri or Google Assistant. HTC Sense Companion will let you control your phone with voice, command it to open apps, set reminders or events. HTC Sense Companion will only show you notifications up on the secondary screen means it won’t be blocking your view of the main screen when you are using the phone.
HTC also introduced a new audio function called the U Sonic that adapts the phone’s audio reproduction to the user’s ears. According to the company, HTC U Sonic analyses the shape of the user’s inner ears with a “sonar-like pulse”, and then attempts to your ears to optimize the headset sound quality.
HTC U Play Specifications
The HTC U Play features a a 5.2-inch Super LCD display with Full HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and it is protected by the Gorilla Glass. The handset will be made available in 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM variants, which can be expandable via microSD card up to 2TB. It is powered by the Octa-core 64-bit MediaTek Helio P10 processor.
On the camera front, the device bears a 16-megapixel rear camera with a BSI sensor, optical image stabilisation, PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. There is also a 16-megapixel front camera sensor with an UltraPixel mode, a BSI sensor, an f/2.0 aperture with a 28mm focal length. It packs a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button.
For connectivity front, the U Play includes 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 2.0 Type-C. It packs in a 2500mAh battery with fast charging technology that’s rated to deliver up to 427.54 hours of standby time and up to 15.21 hours of talk-time. The device also sports an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and gyroscope sensors. It measures 145.99 x 72.9 x 7.99 mm and weighs 145 grams.
HTC U Ultra Specifications
The HTC U Ultra features a Dual Display, a 5.7-inch Super LCD display with a QHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution, while the secondary 2-inch display with a 1040×160 pixels resolution. The screen is protected by the Gorilla Glass 5 and the back panel with the sapphire glass protection. The handset is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core processor backed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC clubbed Adreno 530 GPU. It packs a 4GB of RAM, available in 64GB and 128GB storage, which can be expanded via microSD card up to 2TB.
On the camera front, the U Ultra flaunts a 12-UltraPixel primary camera with 1.55-micron pixels, a BSI sensor, laser + phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilisation, an f/2.8 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. For selfie, it has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor and an UltraPixel mode. It has a front fingerprint sensor on the Home Button, and also sports HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio support, as well as 3D Audio recording support with 4 microphones.
On the connectivity front, includes 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 3.1 Type-C ports. It packs in a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and rated to deliver up to 13 days of standby time, and up to 26 hours of talk-time. It sports sensors like an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and gyroscope. It measures 162.41 x 79.79 x 7.9 mm, and weighs 170 grams.