It’s been awhile since we’ve heard of HTC after their HTC 10, and for good reason. They’re been working pretty hard to come up with their next big line of smartphones, known as the HTC U series. There will be two new models coming into our Malaysian market this coming Thursday, 16th of February, where they will be launching the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play.
Their flagship is the U Ultra. Here’s a quick rundown on what kind of specs to expect from HTC’s latest flagship:
Processor : Qualcomm™ Snapdragon™ 821, 64 bit quad-core, up to 2.15 Ghz
- Internal Storage: 64GB, RAM: 4GB
- Extended memory: microSD™ up to 2TB (Uses SIM2 slot)
- Flex Storage support (another term for adoptive storage, which is a feature that allows you to install apps and other important files directly into your microSD instead of internal storage. In a way, it is emulating the exact same function as internal storage. Please don’t simply remove the microSD as you please, as it can affect the stability of your apps and system).
Main Display: 5.7 inch main display with a resolution of (2560 x 1440 pixels @ 513 ppi)
Secondary Display: 2.05 inch (160×1040 pixels) Yes, it has a secondary screen, just like LG’s V10. It’s got color, and it’s definitely superior. You can set notification alerts and shortcuts on this display.
Screen type: Super LCD 5 (Same as the HTC 10. It’s the successor to LCD. It uses less power because the screen is thinner compared to its predecessor, it’s great for outdoor visibility, but you can never achieve true blacks as the backlight is always lit).
Screen layer: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 with curve edge
Design: HTC is attempting to achieve perfect symmetry from front to back, and they’re using their own 4 curved glass technology known as Liquid Surface Design.
Main Camera: 12-megapixel f/1.8 HTC UltraPixel2 rear-camera with PDAF, Laser autofocus, OIS and dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera: 16MP, with HTC UltraPixel™ mode
Video: 4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res audio. (They achieve 3D audio using the 4 microphones located on the top and bottom on the device)
Audio: The first thing to make clear here is that, the HTC U series will not have an audio jack (where have we seen this before?). In its place is a Type-C port, and with it comes their USonic Adaptive earphones, a pair of sweet earphones that are obviously USB Type-C only. It supports Hi-Res audio, with the feature of adapting to your inner ear’s sensitivity and preferences when playing any music. It uses a sonar-like pulse to achieve that.
Battery : 3000mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Colors : Blue, Black and White
The U Ultra will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, with their ever unique HTC Sense skinned over it.
HTC Sense Companion
A new addition into their system, the Sense Companion is an artificial intelligence that learns from their use and their usage patterns on a day-to-day basis. It’s made to recognize you voice and respond to it accordingly.
The personal companion that’s always learning from you and the things you do every day. Paired with built-in voice recognition, it’s able to recognize your voice and respond. Just say the word to take or reject incoming calls, snooze or dismiss an alarm, send messages and even begin hands-free navigation.
On paper, the device sounds to be fantastic. I’ve personally fallen for the black and blue colors, and am genuinely curious on what kind of price point it will have. In my professional opinion, it should not exceed RM2499. Watch this space for our upcoming review of this device!