HTC launched its much-rumored U Ultra and U Play mid-ranged smartphones in its For U series earlier this week and the handsets are targeted at the price conscious buyers.

Both the handsets are looking to entice the consumers who are eyeing a feature-rich and robust device. The HTC U Play and the U Ultra share some common features and functionalities but are also different on many counts.

Here's a look at the similarities and differences between the two HTC smartphones.

U Ultra And U Play: How Similar Are They?

Both the variants feature the HTC Sense Companion app, an AI assistant which will aid users in managing the device better.

Apart from this app, both variants run on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and can only support a nano SIM.

Both the U Play and U Ultra have 64 GB of on-board storage, which can be further increased to an additional 2 TB via a microSD card.

Additional features like motion launch, quiet ring on pick-up, flip to mute, and pocket mode are available on both the HTC smartphones. Moreover, both the handsets lack a 3.5mm headphone jack and feature a USB-C port.

Both the HTC phablets' cameras have a BSI sensor, OIS, and dual-tone LED flash. The two smartphones feature a magnetic, proximity, ambient light, compass, gyro, motion G, and fingerprint sensors.

The Sensor Hub, however, is only available on the HTC U Ultra.


The HTC U Ultra sports a 5.7-inch Super LCD display with a Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (513 ppi). The smartphone uses Gorilla Glass 5.

The U Play, on the other hand, rocks a smaller 5.2-inch FHD Super LCD screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (428 ppi). The U Play also deploys Gorilla Glass, but the version is not known.

Processor And RAM

The HTC U Ultra is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor which clocks at 2.15 Ghz. By comparison, the U Play is equipped with a 64 bit octa-core (four cores clocked at 2.0 GHz + four cores clocked at 1.1 GHz) MediaTek Helio P10 processor.

The U Ultra has 4 GB of RAM whereas the HTC U Play, which has two variants, will offer 3 GB and 4 GB RAM for the 32 GB and 64 GB versions, respectively.


The HTC U Ultra packs in a 12-megapixel primary camera that has a ƒ/1.8 aperture (with UltraPixel 2) and a 16-megapixel selfie snapper (with UltraPixel mode support).

The U Play also boasts a 16-megapixel selfie snapper as well but has a better 16-megapixel primary camera. The primary camera has a ƒ/2.0 aperture, as well as 28mm focal length and laser autofocus.


The HTC U Ultra has a bigger 3,000 mAh battery when compared to the U Play's 2,500 mAh battery. The U Ultra's bigger battery will support up to 26 hours of talk time (3G/4G network) on a single charge compared to the U Play's 15.21 hours on the same networks.

Price And Release

The HTC U Ultra has been listed on the company's official website with for $749. Customers can preorder now, but the shipment will begin from mid-March. According to the official website, the U Ultra will be compatible with AT&T and T‑Mobile. It will be available in three color options: blue, black, and white.

The pricing of the HTC U Play is yet to be revealed and it is listed as coming soon on the company's website.

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