HTC U Ultra and U Play Specification, Price and Feature Comparisons

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Jan 12, 2017
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With the HTC U Ultra and U Play phones officially announced, there are a lot of hardware and features in between the devices that you probably don’t know about, so allow us to break through the silence and doubt and provide you with every detail you wanted to know about these phones.

HTC U Ultra and U Play Pricing Details Also Included – Not Cheap for High-End to Mid-Ranged Devices

Taking a look at the table below, you will know everything single detail there is to know about the latest phones from HTC. It was a shame that the U Ultra could not be outfitted with a Snapdragon 835, but that only provides further insight that a flagship phone for 2017 is going to be announced later in the year to take on the likes of Galaxy S8 and LG G6. The U Ultra running a Snapdragon 821 and 4GB of RAM means that the device is also Daydream ready from a hardware standpoint, but because it is running the Super LCD5 display instead of an OLED panel, users might not get to experience the same visuals as compared to other devices.

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In addition, HTC has stated that its AI assistant is a brand new feature incorporated and will work similar to the assistant present in the Huawei Honor Magic. With several manufacturers rumored to be bringing in their own voice assistants, it looks like this is going to end up as a common feature in future phones. Which device do you think is going to be the better purchase? Browse through the table and pricing details and let us know your thoughts right away.

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Pricing details

  • U Ultra 64GB storage: $749, January 12th US preorder, orders start shipping mid-March
  • U Ultra 128GB storage: $910, being shipped out a later date
  • U Play 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version: $440, later in the year
  • U Play 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version: Pricing and availability details not provided
 HTC U UltraHTC U Play
Dimensions and Weight162.41 x 79.79 x 3.6-7.99mm

170 grams
145.99 x 72.9 x 3.5-7.99mm

145 grams
Display5.7-inch5.2-inch
Dual-display specs2.05-inch screen size with 160 x 1040 resolutionN/A
Resolution2560 x 1440

1920 x 1080
Protection Gorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 5
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 821
(quad-core up to 2.15GHz)
MediaTek Helio P10 (octa-core Cortex-A53 running at 2.0GHz)
RAM and internal memory4GB with 64GB internal storage3GB of 4GB RAM (depending on model)

32GB or 64GB internal storage (depending on which model you purchase)
External storage expansionUp to 2TB via MicroSD card slot (will use second SIM card slot)Up to 2TB via MicroSD card slot (will use second SIM card slot)
AI featureHTC Sense Companion: AI for suggestions based on things you doHTC Sense Companion: AI for suggestions based on things you do
Rear camera12MP (HTC UltraPixel 2 with 1.55μm pixel)16MP
Rear camera featuresPDAF + Laser focus

BSI sensor

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

F/1.8 aperture
Sapphire lens

Dual tone LED flash

Self timer up to 10 seconds

Face detection
Pro mode with manual control, 16 sec. long exposure, and RAW format support

Auto HDR

Panorama

Zoe capture

Hyperlapse

Slow motion video (720P@120 fps)

4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res audio

Video Pic
BSI sensor

Laser autofocus

Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

F/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
Front camera16MP, with HTC UltraPixel mode16MP, with UltraPixel mode
Front camera featuresBSI sensor
Live make-up
Auto Selfie (keep still or smile)
Voice Selfie
Self timer up to 10 seconds
Auto HDR
Selfie Panorama
Full HD 1080p video recording
BSI sensor
Full HD 1080p video recording
Modes include Live makeup, Auto HDR, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Live Make-Up, Selfie Panorama, Video Pic
Network compatibility2G/2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G UMTS

AWS/850/900/1900/2100 (B4/B5/B8/B2/B1), HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76

4G LTE (up to 600Mbps)

FDD: Bands B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20/B28

TDD: Bands B38/B39/B40/B41 with 2CA, 3CA
VoLTE, Wi-Fi Calling

Support Cat 11 LTE, download up to 600 Mbps, upload up to 50 Mbps
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
Connectivity features NFC
BlueTooth 4.2
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)

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, AirPlay, Miracast Devices
NFC
BlueTooth 4.2
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)

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, AirPlay, Miracast Devices
Battery capacity and features 3,000mAh

Talk time on 3G/4G network: up to 26 hours

Standby time on 3G/4G network: up to 13 days

Power saving mode

Extreme power saving mode

Compatible with Quick Charge 3.0
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)
Connectivity port Type-C USBType-C USB
Headphone jackNoNo

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