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HTC U Play / HTC Alpine

alaTest has collected and analyzed 289 reviews of HTC U Play / HTC Alpine. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the camera and screen. The sound and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the size, while there are some critical reviews about the connectivity and battery.

usability, portability, sound, screen, camera

battery, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC U Play / HTC Alpine is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (

HTC U Play wants to bring you AI for less (hands-on)


The smaller of HTC's new U phones pairs software smarts with a more pocketable size and midrange price.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Florian Wimmer (

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. (

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 (

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 : Andrew Grush (

HTC announces the mid-range HTC U Play


In addition to its new HTC U Ultra flagship, the company also unveiled a new mid-ranger, dubbed the HTC U Play. Here's what you need to know.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by (

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,...

Expert review by (

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 : John McCann (

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 : Chris Barraclough (

HTC U Play Review: In Depth


HTC U Play Review: HTC's latest mid-range mobile hopes to take on the likes of the OnePlus 3T with its 5.2-inch Full HD screen. Here's our review.

Smart glossy design ; Smart camera tech ; Decent bundled earbuds

Limited performance ; Overshadowed by rivals ; No Companion in sight

The HTC U Play is a mixed bag unfortunately, and very much lurks in the shadows of rivals such as the OnePlus 3T and Samsung’s Galaxy A5 2017. The design is lovely (if easily scuffed) and there’s plenty to like, from the solid 16-megapixel camera tech...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Martin (

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

Price comparison for HTC U Play / HTC Alpine

  Store     Price
HTC U Play U-2u 64GB Black, 5.2", Dual Sim, GSM...
Screen: Super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixel, Storage space: 64GB /...
$699.00 TO SHOP
Rapid Charging KIT Works for HTC U Play 64GB with...
Recharge and Transfer data faster with your brand new HTC U Play 64GB USB Type-C Car Vehicle Travel Charger!
$19.00 TO SHOP
Quick Charge 3.0 18W Charging Kit Works for HTC U...
QUICK CHARGE 3.0 your HTC U Play 87%+ faster & 38%+ More efficiently!
$22.00 TO SHOP
HTC U Play Leather Flip Case (Milky White)
Classic leather design, included high texture transparent shell, full protection of the phone from scratches
$13.00 TO SHOP
Fast 25W Wall Charger Works for HTC U Play 64GB with...
▶[SMART DESIGN] The combination of USB Port with USB Type-C for your HTC U Play 64GB SmartPhone gives...
$19.00 TO SHOP
Fast 25W Wall Charger Works for HTC U Play with...
▶[SMART DESIGN] The combination of USB Port with USB Type-C for your HTC U Play SmartPhone gives additional...
$19.00 TO SHOP
Slim PRO USB-C Cable Works for HTC U Play with Ultra...
Keep your HTC U Play SmartPhone Charged and Synced up to date with this USB Type-C Super Cable!
$14.00 TO SHOP
Quick Charging 3.0 KIT Compatible with HTC U Play...
Recharge and Transfer faster with the new
$10.00 TO SHOP
Turbo Power 15W Wall Kit Works for HTC U Play with...
⚡【Fast Charging Block】: QC 2.0 Fast charging technology provides for your HTC U Play5 Times charging speed...
$19.00 TO SHOP
Full 5A USB Data Cable Works for HTC U Play with...
Professionally Designed for your HTC U Play makes this cable unique and superior to all others!
$12.00 TO SHOP

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