HTC U Ultra & U Play to launch in India on 21 February 2017

HTC's U Ultra and U Play, announced in January, make their way to the Indian market tomorrow.

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    • HTC U Ultra & U Play launch tomorrow in India
    • HTC U Ultra ditches headphone jack
    • Both phones feature 16MP front camera

The HTC U-Ultra and the U-Play are set to launch in India on the 21st of February according to the media invites that have been sent out by the company. HTC’s U-Ultra flagship was announced back in January in London at the “For U” event and the India invite follows the same convention.

The HTC U-Ultra The U Ultra comes with a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The company has drawn inspiration from the LG V20 and added a secondary narrow 2-inch (160×1040 pixels) touchscreen at the top of the phone, just above the main display. Just like with the LG V20, this second screen will provide notifications and can be customised to house shortcuts for contacts or app. The second screen is going to leverage HTC’s Sense Companion an AI powered suite that understands user behavior with time.

HTC has always focused on the audio experiences their devices deliver, and the U-Ultra is going to be no different. The phone ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack, so audio is routed via the USB-C port at the bottom. HTC is providing a pair of HTC USonic earphones. The HTC U Ultra sports a 12 megapixel primary camera with laser-assisted auto-focus and a 16 megapixel camera on the front. HTC U-Ultra will run Android 7.0 right out of the box and powering everything will be the Snapdragon 821 aided by 4GB of RAM. The phone has a 3000mAh battery with fast charging.


The HTC U-Ultra comes in two variants; a 64GB version and one with 128GB of on-board storage. Both phones support microSD cards up to 2TB capacity, but the card will use up the second sim slot. Interestingly, the 64GB version of the phone comes with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 while the 128GB version sports a tougher Sapphire glass shield. The HTC U-Ultra has a curved body that comes in four colours; black, white, pink and blue.

The HTC U Play will run on the MediaTek Helio P10 chip and will come in two variants, 3GB RAM-32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage. It has a 5.2 inch full HD display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Other than that, the phone features 16 megapixel cameras on both front and back. The primary shooter is equipped with phase detect auto-focus and optical image stabilization. The front camera has the same amount of pixels, but lacks AF.


With Motorola, LG and Samsung all set to launch their popular phones within the next 30 days, the HTC -U Ultra and U Play face some stiff competition with respect to the uptake in the Indian market.