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HTC Source | February 19, 2018

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HTC U Ultra, U Play officially unveiled

HTC U Ultra, U Play officially unveiled

Two of the rumored HTC Ocean phones have officially been unveiled – the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play. The two phones share the same design language, but their internal specifications are dramatically different. Of the two, the HTC U Ultra is the most appealing with a 5.7-inch QHD display and a second 2-inch 160 x 1040 display which displays information served up by the new HTC Sense Companion AI which is built into the phone’s software.

Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD card slot (up to 2TB), 12 megapixel UltraPixel 2 with 1.55μm pixels, f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization as well as phase detection and laser autofocus. The front-facing camera sports a 16 megapixel sensor with a new “UltraPixel mode” which can deliver a digitally-enhanced 4 megapixel image which is 4 times brighter for all those low-light selfies. The phone also comes with HTC USonic (the same adaptive audio tech introduced on the HTC Bolt) and a 3,000 mAh battery.151355q0ql4n4xlm6c5yxc

The smaller HTC U Play comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, MediaTek Helio P10 and two separate configurations which offer 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage. Both feature microSD card slots (up to 2TB), a 16 megapixel main camera with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization and an f/2.0 lens. The U Play sports the same front-facing camera as the U Ultra and a smaller 2,500 mAh battery.

On the design front, the HTC U Ultra and U Play both comes with an aluminum frames which is sandwiches between curved glass on their fronts and back. While we’ve seen similar devices form Samsung, Huawei and Apple in the past, the curved glass on HTC’s phones allow for unique reflections of light which make the back of the phone look like it’s made of liquid.

The HTC U Ultra is available for pre-order through HTC’s website for $749 and is expected to ship in mid-March. The HTC U Play will ship in Q1 and is expected to sell for $440. htc-u-ultra-PDP-Design htc-u-ultra-PDP-Dual-Screen htc-u-play


About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.


  1. The site will remain nameless but, I was just reading on a site that was Slammin’the hell outta the U and the Ultra. The only gripe I have is it doesn’t have a headphone jack. Although, I have some nice Bose headphones that can be used wirelessly and sound excellent.

  2. Jeans

    Yes me same. I have Shure SE 535 LTD, UE, AKG and no 3.5. Thats bad decision same like iphone.
    They should not follow iphone sheeps. HTC had best 3.5 last few models and now avoid it when had it right.

  3. second 2-inch 160 x 1040 ? Nice.

  4. Pavan

    With phones like OnePlus 3T, who will buy a same configuration phone for double the price!!

    I dont understand HTC’s logic about pricing their phones so high!!