HTC U Ultra comes with two displays


HTC has just released two new smartphones, U Ultra and U Play. The U Ultra is the company’s new flagship.

The U Ultra moves away from HTC’s typical metal unibody designs. Sides are still metal but the back is now stained glass. The main Quad HD display comes at 5.7″ and the secondary display on top of the main has the resolution of 160 x 1040. The Super LCD 5 displays are covered under Gorilla Glass 5 with the exception of the 128GB model that gets sapphire glass.

Between the glass sandwich, the U Ultra has a Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The 64 or 128GB storage is expandable via microSD cards of up to 2TB. The battery capacity is 3000mAh. The main 12 megapixel camera has the aperture of F/1.8 and OIS. The front facer has 16 megapixels with F/2.0 aperture. The U Ultra will launch with Android 7.0.

The U Ultra does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. However, the phone comes with decent USB Type-C headphones and BoomSound is back with the setup familiar from the HTC 10.

There are four color options, black, blue, white and rose gold.  Pre-orders will start mid-March at $749 for the 64GB option. The 128GB sapphire version will come later.


HTC also released the U Play mid range smartphone. It comes with 5.2″ Full HD Super LCD display, MediaTek Helio P10 SoC, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage and a 2500mAh battery. The U Play will be available at the end of Q1 2017 at $440 for the 3/32GB model.

Source: HTC U Ultra product pageHTC U Play product page (UK)

Nokia 6 goes official


The Nokia name is back with the new Nokia 6, built by HMD Global. The phone will be available in early 2017 but apparently only in China. 

The Nokia 6 will be available exclusively through in China. No word on global availability yet. The price is around $245 or 233€ (1699 CNY).

The Nokia 6 features an all aluminium unibody design, 2.5D Gorilla Glass and a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display. Powering the pixels, the Nokia 6 has a Snapdragon 430 with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3000mAh battery. The Android Nougat operating system seems to have a skin on top of it.

Cameras are 16 and 8 megapixels, the main one featuring F/2.0 aperture and phase detection auto focus. The Nokia 6 also has Dolby Atmos support and dual amplifiers. The home button also acts as a fingerprint scanner.

Source: HMD Global, Nokia 6 product page