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HTC U Play First Impressions




A few days ago we gave you a quick tour of the HTC U Ultra, this time we’re going to take a look at its cousin, the HTC U Play. It sports a build and design similar to the U Ultra but in a smaller package with a 5.2-inch display, MediaTek Helio P10 processor, and 16MP camera. Read our first impressions below.

As mentioned earlier, the HTC U Play comes in a smaller package compared to the HTC U Ultra phablet. For starters, it has a 5.2-inch display with Full HD resolution. Placed above it is the earpiece and 16MP front camera. Down below are the fixed capacitive Home key/fingerprint scanner, and two lit keys for Back and Recent Apps.

Like the U Ultra, it has a curved Gorilla glass on top which blends almost seamlessly to the black glossy frame. It actually reminds me of the kind of quality exhibited by the iPhone 7 or the Huawei P10.

Similarities with the U Ultra doesn’t end here as it also has a curved metal frame. Found on the right are the volume and power/lock buttons, the top houses the hybrid SIM tray and microphone, while down at the bottom are the microphone, USB Type-C port, and loudspeaker.

Turn it on its back and you will be greeted by the same glossy and highly reflective “liquid surface”, along with the protruding 16MP camera and dual-tone flash. The Sapphire Blue color really stands out, but just like the U Ultra, it is prone to fingerprints and smudges.

On the hands, the U Play is more wieldy and comfortable. It has the same thickness as the U Ultra at 8mm but the smaller frame makes it lighter, and easier to grip and navigate even with one hand.

HTC U Play specs:
5.2-inch Full HD Super LCD display
Corning Gorilla Glass
MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core CPU
4GB RAM
64GB storage
up to 2TB via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
16MP rear camera, 1um pixels, OIS, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone flash
16MP front camera, 1um pixels, Ultrapixel mode, f2.0 aperture
Dual-SIM (hybrid)
4G LTE
FDD: Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
TDD: Bands 38, 40
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
DLNA, Miracast
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou
Fingerprint sensor
USB 2.0 Type-C
Dual-mic w/ Noise Cancellation
Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ HTC Sense
145.99 x 72.9 x 3.5 ~ 7.99 mm
145 g

Stay tuned for our full review. If you have questions about the device, feel free to ask in the comments below.



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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