HTC U Ultra with Snapdragon 821 SoC and Secondary display announced
Jan 13 2017 by Kate Woods
HTC wrapped up the "For U" event on Thursday, unveiling brand new HTC U series device.
The HTC U Ultra is due out from mid-February with the U Play expected in March.
HTC has announced a new premium smartphone for 2017, with little by way of fanfare. HTC U Ultra completely missed this feature, which means that the phone is compatible with just HTC devices despite having a universal port. The leaked images that have been revealed recently come up with the fact that the HTC U Ultra is going to sport a 5.7-inch Quad HD display. Above it is a second, 2-inch screen with a resolution of 160×1040, which will be used to show contacts, reminders, music controls, etc. There's also a 16-megapixel camera on the front of the U Ultra for all of your selfie needs. The main display measures in at 5.7 inches and has a resolution of 2560×1440 (513 pixels per inch). The U Play houses an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor and 3 GB of RAM. The U Play also supports HTC's the Sense Companion and has the same "Liquid Surface" glass body as the U Ultra. The duo also run Android 7.0 Nougat, with the company's Sense UI customisation on top. It can shoot 4K 3D videos with hi resolution audio.
HTC is selling the U Ultra unlocked from its own website, and HTC says that the U Ultra includes GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 3G UMTS AWS/850/900/1900/2100, and 4G LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28/38/39/40/41 along with 2CA and 3CA. The presentation seemed to focus more on the innovative features of the phone rather than the technical specifications.
In terms of design, the smartphone comes in a metal and glass unibody design. There's also a MicroSD card slot capable of expanding your storage space up to 2TB.
The U Play isn't a flagship, let's get that out of the way first. The HTC U Ultra goes on sale today for $749 (Approx Rs. 50,100) and is available in Pink, Blue, Black and White.
The HTC Ocean Note moniker of the device suggests that it might belong to the phablet category. It will also include 4GB RAM, 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4,000 mAh battery, and a 64GB internal storage.
The phone comes with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system created to learn from you, giving you intelligent notifications. It runs Android 7.0 on a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 super LCD 5 display and has a 12-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus, laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, and dual tone LED flash. The earphones supplied with the smartphone make use of HTC U Sonic which is sonar based audio technology that boosts sound output by reducing external noises. We are most definitely dealing with Gorilla Glass here; HTC shared its plans to launch an exclusive sapphire glass edition of the HTC U Ultra later this year, but we somewhat doubt it that the smaller U Play will have a similar faith. This variant is powered with enough juice of 3,000 mAh battery coupled with Quick Charge 3.0.