HTC announces HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play

At an event in Taiwan, HTC unveiled its cutting-edge phones in a new line: the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play.

The two models follow a familiar strategy for HTC, launching one high-cease tool and some other inside the same line with lower specs to goal exclusive audiences.

To that point, the U extremely is the phone we’ll see here within the U.S. and around the sector, even as the U Play will see miles extra constrained launch.

Both phones have a brand new design language for HTC, dominated by a curved full-glass back look it calls “liquid surface” and accented by clean metal accents and a muted front. The phones retain a front fingerprint sensor that doubles as a home button flanked by capacitive back and recent keys.

You won’t find a headphone jack on either phone, as HTC continues its high-quality USB-C audio story started with the HTC Bolt.

HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra Specs

The U ultra is manifestly the better end of the 2 considering its call, with a 5.7-inch QHD show to the U Play’s 5.2-inch 1080p, however, the ultra also has something else: a secondary display at the pinnacle of the phone providing you with a bit more actual estate.

Its 2-inch length and rancid-middle placement is sort of identical to the LG V20, and its feature is similar as well: it may display glanceable information like upcoming appointments or be configured to show notifications, frequently used apps and greater.

The U Play is a bit more traditional, skipping the secondary display entirely but unfortunately also dumbing down the rest of the specs: a MediaTek Helio P10 processor steps in, and some combination of 3 or 4GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage, depending on the region.

The camera also drops to a typical 16MP unit that lacks any “UltraPixel” branding. The front-facing camera is identical to that of the U Ultra, though: a 16MP sensor with a 4MP “UltraPixel” shooting mode.

Both phones have surprisingly small batteries — the U Ultra offers just 3000 mAh capacity, while the U Play comes in at 2500 mAh.

Those are both on the low end of what we’ve seen from various other phones of this size throughout 2016, and though the U Ultra offers Quick Charge 3.0 over its USB-C port it’s not a great sign for battery life. Let’s hope HTC has optimized the software to handle the limited capacity.

 HTC aims to ship both phones first in Taiwan, though a worldwide expansion won’t be far behind. The U Ultra will be the truly global device of the two, with the U Play seeing a limited release in specific markets.

HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra Price

The U Ultra will be up for pre-order unlocked directly from today for $749; details on the expansion of the U Play will come later.