HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play Launched with Sense Companion

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HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play Launched with Sense Companion



Model / Variant

HTC U Ultimate

Launch Date

12th Jan 2016




162.41 x 79.79 x 3.6-7.99 mm





Display Size and Type

5.7 inch

Display Resolution

2560x1440 px


Gorilla Glass 5


Qualcomm Snapdragon 821


64-bit, quad-core 2.15GHz

Memory Storage




Memory Expandability

Upto 2 TB

Operating System

Android 7.0 with HTC Sense
HTC Sense Companion

Primary Camera

12MP HTC UltraPixel 2 with 1.55?m pixel

Camera Features

BSI sensor
Laser autofocus
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
f/1.8 aperture
Dual-tone LED flash

Primary Video

Slow motion video recording in 720p at 120fps
4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res audio

Secondary Camera

16MP, with UltraPixelTM mode
BSI sensor
Modes include Live makeup, Auto HDR,
Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Live Make-Up,
Selfie Panorama, Video Pic

Secondary Camera Video

Full HD 1080p video recording


Extreme power saving mode
Quick Charge 3.0

2G Network

850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

•HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76

4G / LTE Network

TDD: Bands 38, 39, 40, 41 with 2CA, 3CA
Support Cat 11 LTE: downloads up to 600Mbps, uploads up to 50Mbps
VoLTE and WiFi calling (varies by region and


USB 3.1 Gen 1, Type-C
Bluetooth 4.2
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz)
HTC Connect

SIM Type

Nano SIM

Other Features

Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Motion G-sensor
Compass sensor
Gyro sensor
Magnetic sensor
Fingerprint sensor
Sensor Hub for activity tracking

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The Taiwanese company HTC has launched the new HTC U Ultra and U Play which show a new design language for HTC. The HTC U Ultra and U Play also have a new AI which according to the company “learns from U”  called the Sense companion. The HTC feature a secondary display like the LG V20, which helps the user to interact with the Sense Companion.

The Companion will work with Apps you use and information that you constantly use and add to your phone. The Companion app will also predict things like traffic, bad weather and other issues you way run into when you travel. The Companion is a deep learning AI and will learn overtime to give you the results that most importantly work with you. The Companion also uses 4 always-on microphones that allow for voice recognition.

The HTC U Ultra is a larger 5.7 inch display with a 2560x1440px resolution and a  Super LCD 5 with Dual Display and Gorilla Glass 5 (64GB model) or Sapphire Glass (128GB model).

The HTC U Ultra features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset along with quad-core cpu setup offering up to 2.15GHz. The phone will be available in either 64GB or 128 GB storage capacities with 4GB of RAM. The U Ultimate will also offer flex storage with upto 2TB microSD cards (when available). The U ultra comes with a 12MP HTC UltraPixel 2 with 1.55 micron pixel size, with a BSI sensor PDAF and OIS.

The Front camera is a 16 MP shooter with 1080p video and a BSI sensor. The phone will be available in either a single sim or dual sim variant and will support all the latest networks including VoLTE and WiFi Calling. The HTC U Ultra is 7.99 mm which and features a 3000 mAh battery and Quick Charge 3.0.

The HTC U Play on the other hand features a smaller 5.2 inch display with a Full HD (1080p) Super LCD with Gorilla Glass. It will run on the MediaTek Helio P10 chipset and offer either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32 GB and 64 GB Storage options. The main camera is a 16 MP BSI sensor with 1080 p video capture while the front camera is also a 16 MP camera. The HTC U Play also has a smaller battery with just 2500 mAh of juice and 5V/2A fast charge.



The HTC U series also comes with biometric voice unlock using the 4 mic combination.

The HTC U series also includes a new U Sonic  technology that is built into the in-box earphones, that use sonar to map out the users ear-drums and deliver customised sound.


Watch the Launch Video




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