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HTC U Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 140 reviews of HTC U Play. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and usability. The design and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the battery, while there are some less positive reviews about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC U Play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Florian Wimmer (notebookcheck.net)

HTC U Play Smartphone Review

 

Play nice. HTC's U Play is a mid-range smartphone with a very nice casing and some highlights: for example, HTC installs a personal assistant called Sense Companion. But is the U Play's everyday suitability also convincing?

stylish and solid casing ; not much software ; lots of accessories ; preloaded personal assistant ; many LTE bands ; fast Wi-Fi ; NFC and USB OTG ; quick charge

no 3.5-mm jack ; mediocre performance ; fingerprint sensitive ; visible pixels in UltraPixel mode ; camera photos sometimes blurry ; moderate speaker ; muffled microphone

HTC's U Play looks good, comes with a personal assistant, has two high-resolution cameras, and it is bestowed with generous extras in its box. So, why is it so difficult for us to give it an unconditional purchase recommendation in the highly...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Daniel P. (phonearena.com)

HTC U Play Review

 

HTC introduced its new glass U-series not long ago, and we already reviewed its flagship representative, the U Ultra. It is now time to move downmarket and inspect the HTC U Play, which comes with a more manageable display size, premium design, and 16...

Premium glass sandwich design ; Simple but highly functional interface

Price is quite a bit higher than the competition ; Softish photos ; Some graphical hiccups while gaming

The HTC U Play offers a very pleasant design to look and hold, a simple but functional interface, and decent picture and video capture abilities. It has a steep hill to climb against its direct competitors like the Galaxy A5 (2017), Moto G5 Plus, or...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: S21 (s21.com)

HTC U Play review

 

The HTC U Play is a mid-range phone that's priced too high and comes with a list of problems. Camera performance is mixed, battery life is poor, and there's no audio jack - only a USB Type-C connector for headphones. It's not a phone we can recommend.

HTC tries hard, but often seems to make mistakes. A great deal of effort has clearly been expended with the "liquid surface" finishing of the phone, but to our mind, the result falls short of expectations. Likewise, the 16 megapixel cameras aren't any...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Shu On Kwok (androidpit.com)

HTC U Play hands-on: the smaller smart listening phone

 

At the same time as the HTC U Ultra, the Taiwanese company launched the HTC U Play, a scaled-down offshoot with an almost identical design apart from the lack of a second display. Both phones come with the HTC Sense Companion, making the devices smart...

With the HTC U Play, the Taiwanese company brings its HTC Sense Companion to a mid-range smartphone, and also shows that the "artificial intelligence" can function without the second display of the U Ultra. With its hardware, design and intelligence,...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: John McCann (techradar.com)

HTC U Play review

 

A playful smartphone with an identity crisis

Stylish, premium design ; Clean Android interface ; Strong cameras

Poor battery life ; Voice assistant not available yet ; No headphone jack

The HTC U Play is a solid Android smartphone. It has enough grunt under the hood, a decent display, strong cameras and smart bundled earbuds – but it’s a package which feels like it’s missing something.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

HTC U Play review

 

Bets big on design, but could be more a case of game over

Lovely glass-metal combo body ; Decent enough screen

No headphone jack ; Faulty gaming chops ; Laggy camera

Classy and glassy on the outside, but there are a few too many problems inside to warrant the high price

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Chris Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

HTC U Play hands-on review

 

HTC's new phones for 2017 have a focus on AI and come with a new glass design. Take a look at the smaller and cheaper model in our HTC U Play hands-on review.

We're still waiting on the price and to test the AI features out properly, but the new HTC U Play might appeal to some. Its glass design is eye-catching and the phone is a far more manageable size than the U Ultra. Look out for a full review soon.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

HTC U Play review

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The U Play is one of HTC's more expensive mobile phone launches of 2017. It has 16Mp rear and front cameras, but how well do they capture detail in low light? Read our full verdict of the HTC U Play to find out whether it deserves a place on your...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Joshua Waller (ephotozine.com)

HTC U Play Cameraphone Review

 

We review the ultra-stylish HTC U Play, with 16mp front and rear cameras, and optical image stabilisation.

The HTC U Play is a stylish, slim and attractive smartphone, with a good camera that offers optical image stabilisation, a 16mp BSI CMOS sensor, and a fairly bright f/2.0 aperture. Whilst the f/2.0 aperture is quite good, others smartphones are...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: (stuff.tv_in)

HTC U Play hands-on review

 

Forget metal - this latest HTC wants to shine its pearly whites (and blues, and pinks) instead

Jan, 2017

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2500
Battery performance:2500
Standby time (3G):427.54
Talk time (3G):15.21

Call Management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):16
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Self-timer:Y / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Pink / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Display Diagonal:5.2
Display Resolution:1080 x 1920
Display Type:LCD
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:428
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GPP, AAC, FLAC, M4A, Mid, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Video compression format:3GP, MKV, MP4, TS, WEBM / 3GP,MKV,MP4,TS,WEBM
Video compression formats:3GP, MP4 / 3GP,MP4
Video formats supported:3GP,MKV,MP4,TS,WEBM

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:UMTS
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.2
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Flight mode:Y / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, File manager
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, File manager
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Processor:Helio P10
Processor cores:8
Processor family:Mediatek
Processor model:Helio P10

Software

Operating system installed:Android

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:3
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:2000
RAM capacity:3
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.315
Height:5.75
Weight:5.11
Width:2.87