HTC U Play 

price₹ 36,191 onwards

launchMay, 2017

29.6

excellence score

38.0

value for money score

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Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 5 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • 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

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • Also tends to heat up when playing graphic intensive games

Camera

  • Very good front camera with a wider lens
  • The otherwise decent camera is spoiled a bit by the shutter lag (especially when HDR mode is on)

Audio

  • Decent, good-volume speaker (though not of the quality of HTC’s BoomSound phones)
  • 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

Battery

  • 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

More

  • 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
  • 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

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HTC U Play Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.0 NougatLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.2 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Super LCD
  • Display Color Personalization
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Sensors
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetic Sensor
  • Sensor Hub
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10Ranked #53 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
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
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Weight145 gm
Thickness7.99 mm
Camera
Primary Camera16.0MP
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 Camera16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • 1um 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
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
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

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