HTC U Ultra vs. U Play – What Sets Them Apart?

This year started strong in terms of new tech devices. A couple of major tech companies have already unveiled their upcoming smartphones and newer ones are coming out each day. Recently, HTC decided to announced that HTC Ultra and U Play are going to be launched during the upcoming future. Both devices feature the same unique design, but there are some important differences which set them apart. Today we’re going to over their specs and see what these devices have to offer.


As previously mentioned, these two devices feature a similar design. They both ship with 3D contoured reflective liquid surface that’s fitted with curved glass and minerals. HTC has equipped them with a physical buttons which have a fingerprint sensor embedded in them. The biggest difference between them in terms of design is that U Ultra is a bit larger and heavier than U Play.


HTC U Ultra comes with a rather unique secondary 2.1 inch display. This small display has been designed so that users can check notifications without having to power on the device. Additionally, the smartphone also has a main 5.7 inch display that comes with a pixel resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a pixel density of 515. On the other hand, U Play ships with a 5.2 inch full-HD display and a smaller amount of pixels per inch of 423. Worth mentioning is that both devices have been coated in Gorilla Glass.

Hardware Performance

The premium U Ultra is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor that’s been paired with 4GB of RAM. U Play ships with a MediaTek Helio P10 chipset that’s also been paired with 4GB of RAM. Both devices are equals in terms of storage space being equipped with 64GB of internal memory. Also, the storage space can expanded up to 2TB using Android’s adoptable storage.


U Play uses a rather small 2,500 mAh battery while the U Ultra uses a significantly larger 3,000 mAh battery. It’s pretty clear that this is the biggest difference we are able to see other than the secondary display. While both batteries are able to last for long times under mixed usage, U Ultra’s battery is undeniably better.

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