HTC U Play

price Rs. 39,990 expected | launch Coming Soon!
magic score ?
<50
poor value for money
our verdict: avoid
ranked
#21
of 35 phones in Rs. 30,000 - 40,000
expected to launch in India in March, 2017

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 3 expert reviews

What We Liked

  • Premium glass-metal design, with a unique pearlescent finish, that makes the phone stand out
  • Comfortable to hold and use
  • Great fingerprint scanner just below the screen
  • Decent 5.2in display - with good brightness and contrast levels - and a size that should be a good size for just about anyone - not so big, but not small enough you’d never want to watch videos on the thing
  • HTC Sense UI on top of Android is one of the better Android UIs, and includes HTC's signature BlinkFeed with news stories or updates from your social networks
  • Decent image quality with the rear camera - focusing is pretty reliable and as there’s optical image stabilisation too - you don’t need hands with the stability of granite to take non-blurry low-light pics - however, on the whole, the U Play still clearly has a mid-range camera, not a flagship one
  • Very good front camera with a wider lens
  • Decent, good-volume speaker (though not of the quality of HTC’s BoomSound phones)

What We Didn't

  • Does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack - and instead comes with a pair of USB C earphones, which sound good, but are not exceptional - and will be hard to replace because the market hardly has any USB-C headphone yet
  • While the phone is fast, and smooth in regular use, it does fall behind the competition in this price bracket - the difference will start to show up in heavy games
  • Also tends to heat up when playing graphic intensive games
  • The otherwise decent camera is spoiled a bit by the shutter lag (especially when HDR mode is on)
  • Average battery life - only lasts a full day when you strip back on basically all its connected features, like web browsing or music streaming - with medium to heavy use, it will burn through two full charges in a single day
  • There's no support for ultra-fast charging either, which is present in a lot of the competing phones

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Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.0
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.2 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Super LCD
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass)
  • Display Color Personalization
Sensors
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetic Sensor
  • Sensor Hub
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10
GPUMali-T860MP2
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 2 TB
Battery
Battery Capacity2500 mAh
Battery Standby (3G)428 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)15.21 hrs
Dimensions
Weight145 gm
Thickness7.99 mm
Camera
Camera16.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 1 um Pixel Size
  • BSI Sensor
  • Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
  • Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 28 mm Focal Length
  • 74.5 Degree Wide Angle Lens
  • Selfie Timer up to 10 Seconds
  • Face Detection
  • Volume Button to Zoom
  • Pro Mode
  • Auto-HDR
  • Panorama
  • Up to 270 Degree & 4 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Zoe Capture
  • Hyperlapse
  • Video Pic
Secondary Camera16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • 1 um Pixel Size
  • BSI Sensor
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 26.5 mm Focal Length
  • 77.9 Degree Wide Angle Lens
  • Live Makeup
  • Auto Selfie (Smile Selfie; Still Selfie)
  • Voice Selfie
  • Selfie Panorama
  • Selfie Timer up to 10 Seconds
  • Auto-HDR
  • Full HD Video Recording
  • Video Pic
  • Face Detection
  • Touch to Capture
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
CompassYes
DLNAYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • Battery Fast Charging
  • Motion Launch
  • HTC Connect - 3
  • Reduce Ringtone Volume on Pickup
  • Pocket Mode - Louder Ringtone
  • Flip to Mute
  • Miracast
  • USB Type-C
  • WiFi Dual-band
  • Wi-Fi Direct
Note: All brand quality factors listed below are already taken into account (with appropriate weightage) when calculating the magic score for a phone!
average brand rating
2.97/5
(Below Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for all phones launched by this brand in recent times
brand perception
Very Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Good
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys