HTC U Ultra Phones- What it is all about?

HTC Ultra Phones

You must be hearing lately about the HTC U smartphones. Well, HTC  has reinvented or you can say re-modeled its Android phones into new slick and modern phones with shiny and classy look. There are two phones of such kind which work smart and give a glamorous feel with brilliant colors. One is the HTC U Ultra and other is HTC U Play.

HTC U Ultra

HTC U Ultra

The U Ultra is the first big flagship phone from HTC, which has generally played in the smaller end of the market with its 5- to 5.2-inch One and HTC 10 models in the past. That 5.7-inch display is a 2560x1440pixel Quad HD Super LCD 5 wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5, although top-end models internationally also get a sapphire glass version. The big styling point for the Ultra is what HTC calls an “optical spectrum hybrid deposition” finish, which shows slightly different pearlescent colours when viewed at different angles. The Ultra is 162x80x8mm and 170g.

The standout feature of the new handset is its secondary 2-inch OLED display, sitting atop the 5.7-inch display next to the front-facing camera. That display handles notifications and widgets while the main screen is on or off, and HTC is saying its new Sense Companion AI will learn what notifications you actually look at and prioritise them over the junk you don’t.

Powered by a modern Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor running at up to 2.15GHz with 4GB of RAM and has  64GB of storage and keeps the microSD expandable memory slot for an extra 2TB of potential space.

HTC’s long-running UltraPixel naming for its camera returns, with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 backside-illuminated sensor and lens setup with large 1.55um pixels translating and you get all the good stuff like 4K video recording and hi-res 3D audio, and 120fps slow-mo recording at 720p, as well as laser and phase detect autofocus working simultaneously. Around the front there’s a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.0 aperture, but in addition a software feature that will boost light sensitivity by a factor of four but will output 4-megapixel images as a compromise: this is again tagged as UltraPixel.

Without a headphone jack, the HTC U Ultra is bundled with powered earbuds that connect to the USB-C port. Those headphones will include an internal microphone that will be used to customise sound to users’ preferences, in keeping with HTC’s new mission to heavily personalise its devices. The 3000mAh battery is also recharged reasonably quickly through 15 Watt Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 tech over USB-C.

HTC U Play

HTC U Play

HTC U Play with 5.2-inch is nearly identical design to the U Ultra only that it is bit small though with the same curved glass back and iridescent finish but has mid-range specifications under that fancy finish. It uses an older octa-core Mediatek Helio P10 processor, and its 5.2-inch display uses a 1080p Super LCD covered in Gorilla Glass. Inside is a 2500mAh battery and a similar sensor suite to the Ultra, apart from dual mics rather than quadruple. It’s 146x73x8mm and 145g.

The HTC Sense skin on top of Android is the same as on the Ultra, and Sense Companion’s AI support will customise notification display and app suggestions after initial setup and some days of use. The phone has two 16-megapixel cameras on front and back; both are f/2.0 lenses with 28mm-equivalent field of view and have similar backside-illuminated sensors, but the front camera also has that same UltraPixel mode.

The biggest difference between the two is that the Play doesn’t have a standalone dual display, and so can’t show notifications or quick-launch apps without the entire display lighting up. In You  get the HTC U Play in 32GB storage variants with 3GB of RAM, although there’s microSD expandable storage up to 2TB. The U Play also has the same HTC USonic sound support through USB-C although running at USB 2.0 speed and 10 Watt charging.

Where to buy HTC Ultra Phones

HTC Ultra phones where to buy

You can buy directly from HTC online store.  HTC U Ultra costs AU$899  and HTC U Play costs AU$649. Also you can buy at any of the retailers like JB Hi Fi, Vodafone and Harvey Norman online stores. With Vodafone get the HTC U Ultra for $8 each month on their recommended $80 MyMix Red plan. That’s $88 each month. $80 plan + $8 device. Over 24 months. Total min. cost $2,112. (at the time of writing).

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