Taiwan based smartphone maker HTC is expected launch a new smartphone for the Indian market as it has sent out a launch invite for the same. The all new HTC U Ultra, which was announced last month, will make its way to India on 21 February.Read more ↓
The HTC U Ultra is the first device from the company for 2017 and is a premium offering. It features a 5.7-inch display, a virtual assistant and a secondary screen above the regular one just like LG. The 5.7-inch display is a Super LCD 5 screen with a QHD resolution. The 2-inch screen above it offers a resolution of 160×1040 and can be used to show contacts, notifications, music controls, and so on. Leaving metal and plastic behind, this smartphone comes with a glass finish which the company calls ‘Liquid Construction’.
Inside there is a Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM and was announced in 64GB and 128GB onboard storage variants. We are expecting the former to arrive in India. There is a microSD card slot as well which can take up to 2TB capacity cards. Oh and HTC has gone with the no headphone jack policy.
The rear camera is a 12MP UltraPixel 2 sensor which is said to be very similar to the one on the HTC 10. The front camera is a 16MP unit with a 4MP UltraPixel mode. The rear camera can record slow-motion video up to 120fps at 720p. It can also record 4K video with “3D Audio” and “Hi-res audio”. The 3D Audio recording is done via four microphones on the device while Hi-res audio is only limited to stereo recording.
Other features include a 3,000 mAh battery with fast charge support, USB 3.1 Gen 1 over a Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi and NFC. It will also feature the HTC Sense Companion, a virtual assistant which is said to be different from AI like Google Now and Siri. It is meant to learn your habits and tune the phone’s behaviour accordingly. HTC says the phone will learn your travel route and let you know when your phone needs to be charged. The phone features voice recognition, so it can actually recognise your voice and respond to commands. Technology called USonic apparently analyses your ears and determines how best to modulate a headset for the best listening experience.
We are expecting a price range of anything above Rs 35,000 for the HTC U Ultra. The company had also announced the HTC U Play which could also head to India at a later period.
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