HTC U Play Performance
Octa-Core, 2 GHz, Octa core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53.
4 GB RAM
HTC U Play Display
|5.2 inches (13.21), 424 PPI S-LCD|
HTC U Play Camera
Auto-focus, Dual-color LED Flash
16 MP Front Camera
HTC U Play Battery
2500 mAh, Fast Charging.
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HTC first unveiled its new flagship phone in CES 2017, the HTC U Ultra and just like the U Ultra, HTC has now launched a new phone for Indian Market, the HTC U Play, it looks a lot like U Ultra in terms of premium built quality. It’s smaller but otherwise looks the same. The specs are slightly lower but the price is significantly less. It all amounts to a very different package.
HTC U Play is significantly smaller than its oversized- dual-screened- big-brother which was hard to wrap your hand around and felt especially chunky in the wake of the new 18:9 form-factor slim phones; like the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. This one is much more comfortable to hold and operate one-handed. Indeed, it’s only 5mm wider than the S8’s ‘bezel-less’ screen compared to the Ultra’s 12mm-wider girth.
This phone is available in different color variants, Iceberg White, Indigo Blue, Black Oil, Cosmic Pink Gold.
A display is 16:9-ratio Full HD resolution. The screen itself is very bright, colorful and sharp despite using LCD (rather than AMOLED) technology. It’s not Ultra High-resolution but this won’t trouble casual users and it indirectly might help with the battery life.
The Octa-core processor might be a nominal step down from the Snapdragon used in the Ultra but, frankly, it is hard to tell the difference. The phone is running on MediaTek Processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Compared to the top-end phones like the U Ultra, LG G6, and Samsung Galaxy S8, this doesn’t feel slower than them. High-end graphics games run very smoothly.
There are only two buttons: a volume rocker and jagged power button on the top-right side. The simplicity of this design works very well, fingers always fell to the button we want to press and so rarely we can press the wrong one.
The fingerprint reader itself is at the bottom of the screen and is responsive and very quick at unlocking the phone regardless of the angle that your finger lands on it. Frankly, it proved to be a refreshing change from the more-haphazard S8’s biometric locks.
The HTC U Play doesn’t come with the HTC’s Boomsound system. The 3.5mm audio jack is also missing. HTC U Play uses USB-C for audio output just like the iPhone 7. The built-in speaker is mediocre but gets quite loud even though it doesn’t come with stereo speakers. The Android version is currently 6.0 but we can expect that to change in future updates.
The main camera is generally a good all-rounder. Both rear and the front camera are 16-megapixel. In good lighting, it’s fast and accurate when focusing, plus images are neutral and crisp. The Optical Image Stabilization is especially noticeable while recording videos. The maximum resolution it can capture is 1080p but doesn’t get anywhere near to 4K recording.
Coming to the battery, the phone packs only 2500mAh battery. You would be lucky to get a full day with heavy use. Considering the benchmarks and design of this phone, the HTC U Play does feel expensive like the HTC U Ultra. So if you’re someone who likes bling objects you can then surely grab this phone.
|Launch Date||May 9, 2017 (official)|
|Operating System||Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM|
SIM 1 : Nano
SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.2 inches (13.208 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||(1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||424 ppi|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen - Multitouch Supported (10 Fingers)|
|Screen to Body Ratio||69 %|
|Screen Protection||Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||Octa-Core, 2 GHz, Octa core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53|
Front : Aluminium
Back : Aluminium
|Colors||Iceberg White, Indigo Blue, Black Oil, Cosmic Pink Gold|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|Resolution||16 MP Primary Camera|
|Sensor||Back-illuminated sensor (BSI) image sensor|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Flash||Dual-color LED Flash|
|Image Resolution||4616 x 3464 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Smile detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recoding||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Resolution||16 MP Front Camera|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|Video Recoding||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
Up to 15.2 Hours(3G)
|SIM Size||SIM 1 : Nano, SIM 2 : Nano (Hybrid)|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Same as SIM 1|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Audio Jack||USB Type-C|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|