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.
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)|
|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|