As predicted, HTC — the Taiwanese smartphone maker —on Thursday launched two new smartphones in its brand-new U series. The smartphones are named as the HTC U Ultra and U Play. Both the smartphones are packed with a special feature which learns the user’s daily patterns to provide usage recommendations and friendly advice, what the company is calling the HTC Sense Companion.
What actually does HTC sense companion do?
As per the company claims, the HTC Sense Companion learns from the user, and provide recommendations for guidance and help. For example – such as suggesting you dress warm and leave for work earlier on a snowy day; reminding you to charge if it figures you need more power to last until you get home, and even recommending the perfect restaurant when you’re away for the weekend.
HTC U Ultra and U Play Specifications:
HTC U Play Specifications
Display: HTC U Play sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super LCD display with Gorilla Glass.
Processor and Software: It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC. The smartphone runs of latest Android 7.0 Nougat and are packed with the company’s Sense UI customisation on top.
Camera: The rear 16-megapixel camera comes with a BSI sensor, optical image stabilisation, PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. The front camera sports a 16-megapixel sensor with an UltraPixel mode, a BSI sensor, an f/2.0 aperture with a 28mm focal length.
The smartphone will be made available in 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variants and the U Play’s inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
Dimensions: It weighs in at 145 grammes and measures 145.99×72.9×7.99mm.
Battery: It is powered by a 2500mAh battery with fast charging support (5V/2A) that’s rated to deliver up to 15.21 hours of talk-time and up to 427.54 hours of standby time.
Connectivity Features of U Play
Connectivity options include 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 2.0 Type-C.
The smartphone sports an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and gyroscope.It bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button.
HTC U Ultra Specifications:
Display: The HTC U Ultra features a Dual Display. The primary 5.7-inch Super LCD display bears a QHD (1440×2560 pixels) resolution, while the secondary 2-inch display bears a 1040×160 pixels resolution.
The smartphone will be made available in two inbuilt storage variants – 64GB and 128GB, with the former sporting Gorilla Glass 5 protection and the latter sporting sapphire glass protection.
Processor and Software: The U Ultra is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and are packed with the company’s Sense UI customisation on top.
Dimensions: It weighs in at 170 grammes and measures 162.41×79.79×7.9mm.
Camera: It bears a 12-UltraPixel rear 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. At the front, it bears a 16-megapixel camera with an UltraPixel mode and a BSI sensor.
Storage: As mentioned above, the HTC U Ultra include either 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
Battery: It is powered by a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. It’s rated to deliver up to 26 hours of talk-time and up to 13 days of standby time.
Connectivity features of HTC U Ultra:
Connectivity option in HTC U Ultra includes 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity options.
Other special features of HTC U Ultra:
- The smartphone sports an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and gyroscope.
- It bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio support, as well as 3D Audio recording support with 4 microphones.
There are some other special features in the HTC U Series which are as below:
- Apart from the Sense Companion, other common features include HTC USonic, which analyses the shape of the user’s inner ears with a “sonar-like pulse” to adapt to you.
- A 16-megapixel front camera with UltraPixel mode.
- A “liquid surface” curved glass construction.
- Both smartphones will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) variants, depending on the region.
Price and Availability of HTC U Ultra and U Play:
The HTC U Ultra and U Play prices have not been provided yet, however, the company says expected India availability is March. The smartphones will be available in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Blue, Cosmetic Pink, and Ice White.