HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play announced

HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play announced

HTC U Ultra

Fancy a handset that will help you through your day? With artificial intelligence and voice assistants becoming a big thing in tech, HTC have chosen to deliver a new helper in their two new handsets. Called “Sense Companion”, it can advise you to charge up if you’ve got a busy day at work or offer tips based on the weather or time of year. HTC offer up examples of the companion asking if you’d like to change your morning alarm on a bank holiday, or to recommend a restaurant if you’ve booked a weekend away. It’ll learn and evolve and “gets to know you”.


HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play announced

HTC U Play

Their two new handsets are the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play, and that U Ultra has a small second display above the main one which features a lot of those Sense Companion tips without getting in your way.

This additional panel will also let you get fast access to your favourite contacts, apps, reminders and event notifications.

HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play announced

The U Play is more of a mid-ranger by comparison and lacks that second display, but let’s have a look at the specs and how they differ.

HTC U Ultra

162.41 x 79.79 x 3.6-7.99mm (170g)
Android 7.0 with HTC Sense
5.7″, Quad HD (2560×1440) Super LCD 5 with Dual Display and Gorilla Glass 5 (64GB model) or Sapphire Glass (128GB model)
2.05 inch (160×1040) second display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
64-bit, quad-core, up to 2.15GHz CPU
64GB or 128GB storage (depending on model) and microSD slot
4GB RAM
Rear 12MP HTC UltraPixel 2 cam (f/1.8) 1.55μm pixel, BSI sensor, Laser autofocus, Phase detection autofocus (PDAF), OIS
Front 16MP camera with UltraPixel mode
HTC USonic, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition and 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones
WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C connection, NFC
3000mAh battery with Extreme power saving mode and Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint sensor

HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play announced

The HTC U Ultra is perfectly symmetric and features coloured 3D curved glass. This, according to HTC, reflects light well and “vapoured minerals are layered to add depth and brilliance from every angle”. Thanks to the additional microphones, it can respond to you more easily – even if it’s asleep – and can answer your questions, let you answer a call, dismiss an alarm and more.

HTC U Play

145.99 x 72.9 x 3.5-7.99mm (145g)
Android with HTC Sense
5.2 inch, Full HD (1080p) Super LCD with Gorilla Glass
MediaTek® Helio P10, Octa-core, 64-bit CPU
32GB or 64GB (depending on model) and microSD slot
3GB or 4GB (depending on model)
Rear 16MP cam with BSI sensor, Phase detection autofocus (PDAF), OIS, f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash
Front 16MP camera with UltraPixel mode, BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture
HTC USonic, Dual microphones with noise cancellation
WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C connection, NFC
2500mAh battery with Extreme power saving mode and Fast charging

HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play announced

We’ve not had any networks come forward to announce that they’re carrying these new phones as yet or which particular models will be available where. What we do know, in the UK at least, is that the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra will be available to buy through Dixons Carphone and via the HTC.com website plus Amazon and very.co.uk. We have no information on pricing.

You may have noticed something called “HTC USonic”. This, as we’ve seen on Coolsmartphone before, will analyse your hearing and build a custom sound profile that suits you. Two tiny microphones listen for the sonic reflection in your ears and the reflected tone helps to adapt the sound to your environment and you.

The HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers will deliver powerful sound whilst the camera tech on the Selfie Shooters will let you switch between the 16 megapixel mode (for detail) or UltraPixel for added light sensitivity.

HTC have sent us a rather bizarre press release below (take a look, really, it’s a bit mad), but we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new HTC devices. Are they enough to get you buying?

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