So we knew that HTC had something to announce on the 12th of January and sure enough they did. The company did not unveil just one phone but rather there are two phones that have been officially announced. These phones are part of HTC’s 2017 flagship lineup and they are the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play.
Starting with the HTC U Ultra, this is the larger phone of the two. It features a 5.7-inch QHD display with Gorilla Glass 5 for the 64GB model and sapphire glass for the 128GB model. Under the hood, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset can be found with 4GB of RAM. In the optics department, the rear-facing camera is a 12MP HTC UltraPixel 2 with a BSI sensor, laser autofocus, phase detection autofocus, and OIS.
The front-facing camera is no slouch either as we are looking at a 16MP UltraPixel camera with Full HD video recording and a bunch of different modes. The phone is also quite a media powerhouse with HTC USonic and BoomSound audio technology.
As for the HTC U Play, this is a smaller handset with a 5.2-inch Full HD display. Under the hood we can find a MediaTek Helio P10 processor with 3GB/4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage options with microSD support, a 16MP rear-facing camera with a BSI sensor, phase detection, and OIS, and a 16MP UltraPixel front-facing camera.
For its operating system, naturally both phones will run on Android. However the U Ultra will run on Android 7.0 Nougat but HTC did not say what the U Play will run on. Presumably it will at the very least be powered by Marshmallow. Pricing was not mentioned but pre-orders for the HTC U Ultra will begin today via HTC’s website.