HTC Launches U Ultra & U Play

In Taiwan, HTC announced two new smartphones - the interesting metal-clad U Ultra and the U Play. The HTC U Ultra packs a secondary 2-inch display on top of its main 5.7-inch Super LCD 5 of Quad HD resolution. The second screen will be able to display relevant notifications and alerts, along with app shortcuts and weather information, with the help of artificial intelligence (HTC Sense Companion). The display is protected by either Gorilla Glas 5 or a sapphire glass. Ticking inside the U Ultra is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of expandable internal storage (up to 2TB). It runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with the latest HTC Sense UI on top.

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Photography-wise, the HTC U Ultra sports a 12-MP UltraPixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture, phase detection auto-focus, laser auto-focus, and optical image stabilization (OIS) plus a 16-MP wide-angle selfie camera. Keeping up with the recent trend in smartphones, the U Ultra comes with a USB Type-C port and has abandoned the 3.5 mm headphone jack. It also has 4 microphones for hi-res audio and 3D audio capture. A fingerprint scanner is embedded in the home button. A rather small 3,000 mAh battery will keep its lights on. The U Ultra features a highly reflective glass back with vivid colors. It will come in blue, pink, white, and black variants. Priced at $749, the U Ultra is now pre-selling and will ship end of January 2017 in Taiwan and March 2017 for the rest of the world.

Then there's the HTC U Play. It's basically a smaller version of the U Ultra sans the secondary display. The U Play comes with a 5.2-inch display of 1080p Full HD resolution. Under the hood is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chipset with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB of expandable internal storage. Sadly, the U Play will ship only with Android Marshmallow, but will be updated to Nougat shortly. Camera-wise, HTC ditches the UltraPixel branding and slapped the U Ultra with a regular 16-MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash. Aside from a smaller 2,500 mAh battery, not much has been revealed about the HTC U Play. Information about pricing and availability could be out soon.

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Til then...

xoxo Nash


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