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.