HTC U Play Review

HTC is a renowned smartphone manufacturing company which has been manufacturing and marketing budget-oriented as well flagship smartphones so that they can be used by all people. Following the same trend, HTC recently released its new flagship smartphone named the HTC U Play on February, 2017 along with its elder brother, the HTC U Ultra.

The HTC U Play, this time has replaced its traditional look (seen in HTC Desire 630, Desire 628, One X9) with new one. The front facing speaker has been removed in a different position and has made other visible changes in the device. Also, the device is completely made up of a corning gorilla glass from front and rear part.

The HTC U Play features an earpiece at the top along with the front facing camera, a notification LED light and different sensors. And this time HTC has made a little change in the device, the company has replaced the traditional capacitive touch home button with the physical one which also works as a fingerprint sensor. Further, the capacitive recent app and back buttons are placed alongside the home button.

The HTC U Play possesses the power key at the right-hand side of its body followed by the volume adjusting keys above it. The device too possess 3.5 mm earphone socket at the top and a micro USB port and a mic is placed at the bottom of the body. The device, further, features secondary mic and the SIM cards tray at the top. The bottom of the device comprises of USB Type-C port, primary mic and speaker grille at the bottom.

Moreover, the HTC U Play comes with 5.2 inches Super LCD capacitive touchscreen having the resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels ~428 ppi pixel density. The screen produces vibrant, saturated and accurate colors. Further, the device too features light sensor which automatically adjusts the brightness in accordance to the environment. Also, the device has received a good viewing angle which makes the screen visible from all sides.

In addition, the HTC U Play runs Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Further, the device is functioned with Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 chipset, Octa-Core (4 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4 x 1.1 Cortex-A53) CPU, and Mali-T860MP2 GPU. Further,  the device is available in 32 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM or 64 GB of ROM and 4 GB. And the space can be expanded to 256 GB.

The HTC U Plsy possesses 16 MP, f/2.0 aperture lens, 28 mm, phase detection auto focus, OIS rear camera. The rear camera comes with features like 1.0 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and so on. Furthermore, the device comes with 16 MP, f/2.0 aperture lens, 27 mm front facing camera. Further, both cameras help to shoot videos at 1080 pixels.

The HTC U Play is powered with Li-Ion 2500 mAh non-removable battery. And likely to other high-end devices, the U Play too is supported with fast charging functionality. Also, the device possesses powerful battery which can give backup for more than a day. Also, the device is available in four color variants; Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink, Ice White, Sapphire Blue.

HTC U Play Price in Nepal : Rs. 49,999 (Around)

HTC U Play Specification

Display

 Size  5.2 inches
 Resolution  1080 x 1920
 Color Depth  16M

Processor

 CPU Speed  2.0 GHz, 1.1 GHz
 CPU Type  Octa-Core

Camera

 Video Recording Resolution  1920 x [email protected]
 Main Camera Resolution  16.0 MP
 Front Camera Resolution  16.0 MP
 Main Camera Auto-focus  Yes

Memory

 RAM  3 GB and 4 GB
 ROM  32 GB and 64 GB
 External Memory  Yes, Expandable Up To 256 GB

Network/Bearer^

 Multi-Sim  Dual-SIM
 Sim Size  Nano-SIM
 2G Sim  NA
 2G CDMA  NA
 3G CDMA  NA
 3G TD-CDMA  NA
 4G TDD LTE  NA

Connectivity

 ANT+  NA
 USB Version  2.0, USB Type-C
 Headphone  No
 Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Direct  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), Yes
 Bluetooth  Bluetooth 4.2
 MHL  NA
 PC Sync  NA
 Location  GPS, Glonass
  NFC  NA

Software

 Operating Software  Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Physical Information

 Color+  Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink, Ice White, Sapphire Blue
 Form Factor  Touchscreen Bar
 Dimension  146 x 72.9 x 8 mm
 Weight  145 g
 Water Resistant/Dust Proof  No

Sensors

 Compass/Magnetometer  Yes
 Proximity Sensor  Yes
 Accelerometer  Yes
 Ambient Light Sensor  Yes
 Gyroscope  Yes
 Barometer  NA
 Temperature Sensor  NA

Battery

 Standard Battery Capacity  2500 mAh
 Removable  No

Audio and Video

 Video Playing Format  .3gp, .mp4, .ts, webm, .mkv
 Video Playing Resolution  NA
 Audio Playing Format  .m4a, .aac, .ts, .flac, .mp3, .mid, .ogg,  .mkv, .wav

 

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