As expected, HTC held its event today, just a few hours ago and unveiled a couple of new phones. They’re part of the brand new “U” series, just as expected and that range includes the HTC U Play and the HTC U Ultra. The former gets detailed below, as a midranger with a penchant for selfies.
This midrange phone adopts a design that HTC calls “Liquid Surface”, that involves an unibody case with a metal frame and 2.5D glass panels at the front and back. Specs include a Super LCD5 5.2 inch Full HD screen, as well as an octa core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, clocked at 2 GHz and a Mali T860 GPU. There’s a microSD card slot in the mix as well and the phone will be sold in two versions: one with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and one with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
There’s a 16 megapixel back camera with OIS and PDAF, as well as F/2.0 aperture, plus a selfie camera with the same generous resolution and F/2.0 aperture as well. Powering up the machine is a 2500 mAh battery and the OS is sadly only Android Marshmallow for some reason. Interestingly, there’s no audio jack here, but we do get a pair of USonic headphones with USB Type C connector and superior acoustics.
HTC U Play also brings the HTC Sense Companion virtual assistant, as one of its selling points. Sadly, no info about price yet.