HTC has taken the wraps off from its new range of smartphones- the U Ultra and the U Play. Both the smartphones come with an aluminium frame coupled with a new glass design, runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and comes with some interesting hardware.
The smartphones come in four colour options including Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink, Ice White and Sapphire Blue and sports a glass body. Underneath the glass body, we find coloured minerals which HTC calls a ‘liquid surface’ that gives a distinct look when the light reflect on the rear panel.
The company has also added a new smart assistant known as HTC Sense Companion, which is HTCâ€™s answer to other virtual assistant out there. So it will basically remind you to charge the device nif your commute is fast approaching, recommend a good restaurant, unlock the phone with user voice, at up to 2-meter range, warn you about the weather and more. The company has ditched the 3.5mm audio jack in favour of USB-C connector and a new feature known as HTC USonic, which analyzes your inner ears with a sonar-like pulse. Basically, the tiny microphones listen for the sonic reflection in your ears and then optimizes the headset accordingly.
Starting with the U Ultra, the device sports a 5.7-inch QHD display with a screen resolution of 2560×1440 pixels along with a secondary display of 2.0-inch with 160×1040 pixels resolution. The secondary display function is similar to what we have seen in LG V20 and display notifications and other text-based information. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. The device is backed by a 4GB of RAM and comes in two storage option namely 64GB and 128 GB, with expandable storage option.
On the camera front, the device sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with 1.55-micron pixels, f/1.8 aperture, hybrid autofocus which include in-built phase detection autofocus and laser autofocus, OIS, dual tone LED flash. For the front, there is a 16-megapixel snapper with f/2.0 aperture, 28mm focal length. The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC Sense on top of it and is juiced by 3000 mAh non-removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The smartphone support connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS and USB 3.1 Type-C. The smartphone also comes with companyâ€™s trademarked BoomSound technology coupled with Hi-Fi speaker and the device is Hi-Res audio certified.
On the other hand, the HTC U Play, sports a 5.2-inch full HD display with a screen resolution of 1920×1080 IPS LCD display. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor and will be made available in 3GB RAM and 32GB, and 4GB RAM/64GB storage options. On the camera front, the device is equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera with BSI sensor, OIS, PDAF, f2/2.0 aperture, while for the front there is a 16-megapixel front shooter with f/2.0 aperture, 28mm focal length.
The device runs on latest Android 7.0 Nougat and is powered by a 2500 mAh battery with fast charging support. On the connectivity front, the device support 4G LTE, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect and USB 2.0 Type-C.
HTC hasn’t revealed the pricing of the devices yet, it is expected that both the smartphones are likely to hit the Indian market by March 2017.