HTC's cryptic "U" teasing of the last few weeks has led to two new handsets: the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play.
Screen: The HTC U Ultra comes with a 2.05 inch second display, mainly to deliver the Sense Companion alerts.
Specs wise, you won't find anything out of the ordinary with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM (which seems a little low for a 2017 flagship), and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. The main camera has a 12mp BSI CMOS sensor (1.55micron pixels) and a bright f/1.8 lens, with Phase Detection and Laser Auto Focus (AF), and the lens also features Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The front camera, strangely enough, is a 16MP unit with a 4MP UltraPixel mode.
Meanwhile, the U Play has a smaller 5.2in screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.
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HTC U Play has a 16MP primary camera with BSI sensor, PDAF, OIS and f/2.0 aperture. Customers can have their choice at Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink, Ice White, and Sapphire Blue models.
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It also comes with Sense Companion, the AI-based virtual assistant, but here are the specs first. The front one is a 16-megapixel shooter that can grab 4-megapixel UltraPixel shots as well.
Following in Apple's footsteps, HTC has done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack in both these devices. The U Play version comes with a 2,500mAh battery and swaps out the Snapdragon processor for a MediaTek Helio P10 processor. The Sense Companion feature on the U series devices learns from daily usage patterns and provide user recommended content. The smartphone brand claims that it will offer much better picture clarity than the camera used in the U Play which sports increased pixel count.
HTC has not officially commented on the either the release date or the price of both the smartphones, but tech experts and markets analysts are predicting the release period to be around mid-February. The phones will start shipping in March. There is a microSD card slot as well, allowing users to expand the storage further by up to 2TB.
Software: The U Ultra runs Android 6.0 Nougat but the U Play may ship with the older Android Marshmallow 6.0.Battery: The U Ultra packs a Non-removable 3000 mAh battery while the U Play being smaller houses a battery with 2500 mAh capacity.
A bunch of HTC-related leaks have all trickled out at once, with the news that the firm is poised to launch a new premium-grade phablet dubbed the "Ocean Note". It supports GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz), NFC and HTC Connect. It includes four "always-on" microphones which listen to voice commands and also aid in unlocking the device.
The U Ultra is the larger and heavier of the two devices, measuring 162.4 x 79.8mm and weighing 170g, while the U Play measures 146 x 72.9mm and weighs 145g.