HTC has announced the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra, both of which are coming to the UK in 2017. At the moment, the two new HTC phones are available on pre-order in US and the good news is that UK consumers shouldn’t need to wait too long, for the same.
The HTC U Play is touted for the ‘playful’ while the HTC U Ultra, as its name suggest, brings high performance in a larger device.
The HTC U Play has a 5.2” Full HD display, that is protected behind toughened Corning Gorilla Glass. The symmetrical construction sees a ‘liquid surface’ that is made using a new process.
The process includes bonding the colours to the glass in multiple layers, so that it beautifully reflects light from every angle. The glass is molded evenly around the sides and edges, through a process that uses heat and extreme pressure.
HTC Sense Companion
The HTC Sense Companion adds a little AI to the experience and the personal companion learns from what you do and when. From these insights the HTC Sense Companion can suggest a time to leave for work, considering the weather forecast, or recommend a restaurant, when you are away from home.
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The HTC Sense Companion continues to evolve over time, so the experience will become finely tuned to its individual owner.
HTC USonic is another new feature from HTC and this analyses your individual inner ear, with a sonic pulse. HTC USonic can then adjust the sound to you, so that you can hear the detail you were missing.
This earphone feature is compatible through the USB Type-C connection only.
The HTC U Play has a main 16MP camera and a 16MP UltraPixel Selfie camera. The selfie camera can shoot in two different ways. The first is in detail with a full 16MP resolution, while the second is with four times the light sensitivity, at the cost of resolution.
These two shooting modes play themselves well to different scenarios. You may want to take detailed 16MP selfies in the day but take more light sensitive selfies at night.
The HTC U Play also has Optical Image Stabilisation for twice the shutter time, for less blur. The Phase Detect Auto Focus works quickly and there is Auto HDR, a Pro mode with 12 bit RAW format support and up to 270 degrees panorama shooting.
Powering the experience is a 2,500mAh battery with fast charging and a MediaTek Helio P10 2GHz octa-core processor. There will be two models of the HTC U Play. The first has a 32GB internal memory and 3GB RAM, while the second has a 64GB internal memory and 4GB RAM.
Both models have a microSD card slot that can support memory cards with a value of up to 2TB.
The HTC U Play has good specs on its own but the HTC U Ultra takes things further, with improvements in almost all areas.
The HTC U Ultra has a 5.7” Quad HD display and above this sits another display strip, making this a dual display device. The second screen puts the info you need at your fingertips, like contacts, notifications and app shortcuts.
The HTC U Ultra will also be available in a luxury ultra-hard sapphire edition. Sapphire glass is harder than most other surfaces, apart from diamonds. Built-in voice recognition, which is active even when the phone is asleep, lets you answer calls, snooze alarms, send messages or begin hands-free navigation.
The main camera will have a 12MP resolution and this is aided by a laser focus. Sound recording is enhanced with 360 degrees immersive audio, captured through four high-sensitivity omnidirectional microphones.
The high capacity 3,000mAh battery fast charges using Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.15GHz quad-core processor has 4GB RAM. The HTC U Ultra will be available in a 64GB or 128GB model.
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Written by: Michael Brown