The U Play Is The Perfect Mid-Range Device For HTC Fans

The HTC U Play is the smaller and cheaper version of the HTC U Ultra, the new phablet model from the Taiwanese brand, but we wouldn’t call it the runt. It is meant to be a more affordable version of HTC’s new line of phones that use artificial intelligence, or AI, software to try giving you a more streamlined experience.

HTC U Play Design and screen

Design-wise the U Play is smaller than the U Ultra, but with the same Liquid Surface shell that creates a pearlescent glass effect, with the light playing off the pink, white, blue and black shades – those are the four color options – nicely.

HTC U Play

The screen is a 5.2-inch affair, with Full HD resolution and Super LCD display, with the Gorilla Glass looking bright and vibrant enough for a phone that sits towards the higher end of the mid-range (which is a convoluted way to describe this phone’s place in HTC’s portfolio).

HTC U Play specs

Where the U Ultra has a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, the U Play is using a MediaTek Helio P10 option, which is still octa-core and 64-bit, but may not run as powerfully as the Qualcomm version.

That downgrade in speed is also due to the fact that there’s only 3GB of RAM on offer here, although that doesn’t mean this won’t be a speedy phone – that much power should be more than enough for most tasks

Specifications HTC U Play
Dimensions 146×72.9×8 mm (5.75×2.87×0.31 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)
Size 5.2 inches (~68.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10
CPU Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.1 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-T860MP2
Internal memory 3 RAM, 32 GB or 4 GB RAM, 64 GB
Primary Camera 16 MP, f/2.0, 28mm, OIS, phase detection autofocus, and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Secondary 16 MP, f/2.0, 27mm, 1 µm pixel size, 1080p, Auto-HDR
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE
Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass,  proximity
Colors Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink, Ice White, Sapphire Blue