HTC U Ultra and U Play Officially Announced With Their Own AI Assistant

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Jan 12, 2017
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Soon after the start of 2017, HTC has announced two Android-powered handsets; one is the high-end U Ultra while the second one will be targeted to mid-ranged handset aficionados. With the majority of devices coming or expected to come with their own personal assistants, HTC too has incorporated its own AI assistant, which we will be detailing for you right now.

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HTC U Ultra is the more impressive of the two phones, featuring a 5.7-inch QHD display and armed with a Snapdragon 821 SoC. Earlier rumors hinted at a Snapdragon 835, but it looks like that flagship is most likely going to be announced later in the year. The device’s processor is complemented with 4GB of RAM and a decent 3,000mAh battery, although a screen of this size should have featured a larger cell inside the hood. Both devices feature an all-glass design, which should make them extremely scratch resistant but when it comes to drops from a certain height, these devices might not fare well.

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Regardless, the all-glass design was a nice little change to these HTC phones and they will look spectacular when light reflects on their exterior. As for the HTC U Play, this smartphone will be intended for those who cannot spend a tremendous amount of money on a near-flagship-smartphone but want that premium feel to it. The U Play comes with a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC coupled with 3 or 4GB of RAM depending on which model you decide to purchase. The phone is smaller than the larger U Ultra; the 5.2-inch screen features a 1080p resolution.

Both phones are running Android 7.0 Nougat right off the bat and their current selling point would be the intelligent HTC Sense Companion. This new AI sidekick will suggest new contacts you might like to set as your favorites, provide you with battery stats from time to time and deliver suggestions based on the things that you like. Unfortunately, pricing details have yet to be unveiled and there’s no headphone jack present on them. Even worse, there’s no audio adapter out there to help you scale this obstacle but there are several such accessories widely available in stores.

We’ll be providing spec comparisons of these two devices very soon so stay tuned for further updates.

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