The Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC, has officially announced its latest mid-range smartphone, the U Play at its “For U” event, accompanying with HTC U Ultra phablet.
The HTC U Play comes with a 5.2-inch Super LCD screen with 1920x1080p resolution, display color personalization, and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core chipset, packed with two variants: 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage or 4GB of RAM and 64GB built-in memory. At the back of the device is the 16MP main camera with 1 µm pixels, an f/2.0 aperture lens with a 28mm focal length, optical image stabilization (OIS), phase detection autofocus, and dual LED flash. Perhaps aimed to the younger generation, the HTC U Play offers generously a 16MP snapper on the front as well, with an f/2.0 aperture 26.5mm wide angle lens, 1080p video capture capability and plenty of impressive selfie-focused features such as Auto selfie, Live Makeup, Selfie Panorama, Selfie-timer, and Auto-HDR and more.
In terms of connectivity, the HTC U Play also includes support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, NFC, Miracast, GPS with GLONASS, 4G LTE Cat.6, and standard USB 2.0 Type-C port. Like on the latest duo Apple’s iPhone 7/ 7 Plus, HTC eliminated the 3.5mm headphone jack on its new device as well, instead you will get HTC USonic audio that only works with the USB-C connection. HTC USonic adjusts audio to make individual ears eased. A 2500mAh capacity battery inside with support for fast charging (5V/2A) will keep the light on and a fingerprint scanner is embedded into the Home button.
The HTC U Play will run on the Sense UI based Android 6.0 Marshmallow when officially going on sale. There is a new HTC Sense Companion feature introduced by the company, named “always learns from you”, is also integrated in its new smartphone. It can be seen as an AI assistant that aims to help your life easier by doing stuff like suggesting your alarm, reminding you to carry a power bank along with you when going on long trips, and more. Besides, it comes with built-in voice recognition as well, which means the assistant can recognize your voice and respond to your request.