HTC reveal their liquid surface U Ultra and U Play smartphones

HTC U

 

HTC has today announced two new smartphones to their “U” lineup, taking the form of the HTC U Play and the HTC U Ultra. While it is normally the hardware specifications that steal the show, HTC has opted for astounding us all with the liquid surface design. This new surface material gives a “symmetrical, curved glass construction” that is able to have such a high gloss finish thanks to the “vapored minerals layered to add depth and brilliance from every angle”. And they were not wrong there as the new U range looks absolutely incredible! While HTC do impress on the aesthetics, the hardware is not too far behind with the Ultra featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB of memory and a massive 3,000mAh battery.

 

And if that was not enough to get you interested, the U phones also come with a secondary display at the top which is used for displaying notifications. There is no denying that HTC has shaken things up here with an unexpectedly great looking smartphone. It is a shame that HTC did not wait for the Snapdragon 835 processor, as that would have made this really deserving of the price tag. The mobile phones are up for pre-order later today, with the U Ultra setting you back $749.00 for the 64GB version. The full specs for both phones can be found below:

 

HTC U Ultra Specifications

 

HTC U

 

Size: 162.41 x 79.79 x 3.6-7.99mm
Weight: 170g
Display: 5.7 inch, Quad HD (2560×1440) Super LCD 5 with Dual Display and Gorilla Glass 5 (64GB model) or Sapphire Glass (128GB model)
Dual Display: 2.05 inch (160×1040 pixels)

 

PLATFORM

  • Android™ 7.0 with HTC Sense™
  • HTC Sense Companion: AI for suggestions based on things you do

 

PROCESSOR

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 64-bit, quad-core, up to 2.15GHz

 

MEMORY

  • Configuration varies by region and operator
  • Total storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Expandable: microSD™ expansion supports additional memory cards up to 2TB with Flex Storage (optional cards not included)

 

CAMERA

  • Main Camera
  • 12MP HTC UltraPixel 2 with 1.55μm pixel
  • BSI sensor
  • Laser autofocus
  • Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Dual-tone LED flash
  • Slow motion video recording in 720p at 120fps
  • 4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res audio
  • Modes include Auto HDR, Panorama, Pro mode with manual control, long exposure and RAW format support, Zoe capture, Video Pic, face detection, continuous shooting, Zoe capture, Hyperlapse, Video Pic
  • Front Camera
  • 16MP, with UltraPixel™ mode
  • BSI sensor
  • Full HD 1080p video recording
  • Modes include Live makeup, Auto HDR, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Live Make-Up, Selfie Panorama, Video Pic

 

SOUND

  • HTC USonic
  • HTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi edition
  • 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones
  • Hi-Res audio stereo recording
  • Hi-Res audio certified
  • Noise cancelation

 

NETWORK

  • 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE

Single SIM

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Dual SIM

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G UMTS
  • Single SIM
  • AWS/850/900/1900/2100 MHz
  • HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
  • Dual SIM
  • 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
  • HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
  • 4G LTE™ (up to 600Mbps)
  • Single SIM
  • FDD: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28
  • TDD: Bands 38, 39, 40, 41 with 2CA, 3CA
  • Support Cat 11 LTE: downloads up to 600Mbps, uploads up to 50Mbps
  • VoLTE and WiFi calling
  • Dual SIM
  • FDD: Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
  • TDD: Bands 38, 39, 40, 41 with 2CA, 3CA
  • Support Cat 11 LTE: downloads up to 600Mbps, uploads up to 50Mbps
  • VoLTE and WiFi calling

 

SIM

  • Nano SIM

 

SENSORS

  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Motion G-sensor
  • Compass sensor
  • Gyro sensor
  • Magnetic sensor
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Sensor Hub for activity tracking

 

LOCATION

  • GPS + AGPS
  • GLONASS
  • Beidou

 

CONNECTIVITY

  • USB 3.1 Gen 1, Type-C
  • Bluetooth® 4.2
  • Wi-Fi®: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz)

 

NFC

  • HTC Connect™ for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to compatible multi-room audio systems, TVs, portable speakers and home entertainment systems
    Streaming media from the phone to compatible AirPlay™, Chromecast, DLNA™, Miracast™ devices

 

BATTERY

  • Capacity: 3000mAh
  • Talk time on 3G/4G: up to 26 hours
  • Standby time on 3G/4G: up to 13 days
  • Power saving mode
  • Extreme power saving mode
  • Quick Charge 3.0

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Motion Launch
  • Quiet ring on pick-up
  • Pocket mode
  • Flip to mute
  • Display color personalization

 

HTC U Play Specifications

 

HTC U

 

Size: 145.99 x 72.9 x 3.5-7.99mm
Weight: 145g
Display: 5.2 inch, Full HD (1080p) Super LCD with Gorilla Glass

 

PLATFORM

  • Android™ 7.0 with HTC Sense™
  • HTC Sense Companion: AI for suggestions based on things you do

 

PROCESSOR

  • MediaTek® Helio™ P10
  • Octa-core, 64-bit

 

MEMORY

  • Configuration varies by region and operator
  • Total storage: 32GB or 64GB
  • RAM: 3GB or 4GB
  • Expandable: microSD™ expansion supports additional memory cards up to 2TB with Flex Storage (optional cards not included)

 

CAMERA

  • Main Camera
  • 16MP
  • BSI sensor
  • Laser autofocus
  • Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • ƒ/2.0 aperture with 28mm focal length
  • Dual-tone LED flash
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps
  • Camera modes include Auto HDR, Panorama up to 270°, Pro mode with manual control, long exposure and RAW format support, Hyperlapse, Zoe capture, Video Pic, face detection, continuous shooting, Zoe capture, Hyperlapse, and Video Pic
  • Front Camera
  • 16MP, with UltraPixel™ mode
  • BSI sensor
  • Full HD 1080p video recording
  • Modes include Live makeup, Auto HDR, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Live Make-Up, Selfie Panorama, Video Pic

 

SOUND

  • HTC USonic
  • Dual microphones with noise cancelation

 

NETWORK

  • 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G UMTS
  • 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
  • 4G LTE™ (up to 300Mbps)
  • Single SIM
  • FDD: Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
  • TDD: Bands 38, 40
  • Support Cat 6 LTE: downloads up to 300Mbps, uploads up to 50Mbps
  • Dual SIM
  • FDD: Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
  • TDD: Bands 38, 40

 

SIM

  • Nano SIM

 

SENSORS

  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Motion G-sensor
  • Compass sensor
  • Gyro sensor
  • Magnetic sensor
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Sensor Hub for activity tracking

 

LOCATION

  • GPS + GLONASS

 

CONNECTIVITY

  • USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Bluetooth® 4.2
  • Wi-Fi®: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz)

 

NFC

  • HTC Connect™ for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to compatible multi-room audio systems, TVs, portable speakers and home entertainment systems
    Streaming media from the phone to compatible Chromecast, DLNA™, Miracast™ devices

 

BATTERY

  • Capacity: 2500mAh
  • Talk time on 3G/4G: up to 15.21 hours
  • Standby time on 3G/4G: up to 427.54 hours
  • Power saving mode
  • Extreme power saving mode
  • Fast charging (5V/2A)

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Motion Launch
  • Quiet ring on pick-up
  • Pocket mode
  • Flip to mute
  • Display color personalization

 

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