HTC U Play Review

HTC U Play Review

Recently HTC has launched its one of the best device “HTC U Play” with some better features. Price of HTC U Play in Pakistan is PKR.34,999/-. Let’s discuss all the features in HTC U Play Review.

HTC U Play is 4G enabled device with 64GB ROM and 4GB RAM. The camera section has 16MP lens for it’s both front and back camera whereas battery section has 2500 mAh fixed battery. The screen size is 5.2 inches that runs android version 6.0 (Marshmallow). Fingerprint sensor is also accessible in HTC U Play.

HTC U Play in Rs.34,999/-

Price and Specifications of HTC U Play:

LAUNCH Released  2017
Availability  Available
BODY Dimensions  146 x 72.9 x 8 mm
Weight  145g
SIM Slot  Dual SIM (Nano SIM )
DISPLAY Type  Super LCD capacitive touchscreen
Size  5.2 inches’ (~68.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution  1080 x 1920 pixels (480 dpi)
Multi-touch  Yes, 10-points
NETWORK Network Support  GSM/3G/LTE
2G Bands  900/1800
3G Bands  2100
4G Bands  1800
Speed  HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
PLATFORM Os  Android OS v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset  Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10
CPU  Octa-core ~2.0 GHz (64-bit)
GPU  Mali-T860MP2
MEMORY Card Slot  Yes, up to 256 GB
internal  64GB, 4GB
CAMERA Primary  16 MP, f/2.0, OIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-  LED  flash
Features  Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto-HDR,  panorama
Video  1080p@30fps
Secondary  16 MP, 1080p, Auto-HDR
COMMS WLAN  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct,  hotspot
Bluetooth  v4.2
GPS  Yes, with A-GPS
Radio  No
USB  v2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors  Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY  Non-removable Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
PRICE  PKR.34,999/-
OTHERS Colors  Black, Pink, White, Sapphire Blue

Pros :

  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Full points in multi-touch
  • Light weight device
  • 64GB ROM and 4GB RAM

Cons :

  • Only 2500 mAh battery
  • No Audio Jack
  • Same slot for memory card and SIM-2

Display of HTC U Play:

The display section of HTC U Play is little bit weak than HTC U Ultra because it supports 1080 x 1920 pixels display with the dpi of 480. The colors, brightness, visibility of texts and icons are super clear.

Best part of HTC u play is its multi-touch support because it has scored full 10-points in it. Mostly other companies don’t give preference to the multi-touch system in mid-range devices but HTC has fulfilled that too.

Graphic card in HTC u play is Mali-T860MP2 which is way better than any other mali chip-set. It is basically used for 3D games and better graphic display.

Design of HTC U Play:

If we talk about its deign section then it looks like younger sibling of HTC U Ultra because of its shape and body. The dimensions of HTC U Play are 146 x 72.9 x 8 mm, the body is so slim that’s why its has only 8mm edges. It has 145 grams weight which is very easy to handle although it is packed with fixed battery of 2500 mAh.

The top side of HTC u play has LED notification light, front camera lens and ear piece in the center side. We have front mounted fingerprint at down side which works as home button also further both sides button are also accessible with functionalities. A bezel layer of same body color has covered the whole screen from every corner of it.

Edges of HTC U Play are packed with connectivity ports because it has fixed back cover. One edge has volume keys and power button which i have found too hard to use. Upper side has SIM jacket and MIC while down side has speakers, another MIC and type-C connector for data transfer and charging the device.

Back Body of HTC U Play is very stylish yet a decent one because it has rounded camera lens shape with Dual LED flash light. Name of HTC is marked at the center side where as rest of the body is totally simple.

Memory of HTC U Play:

HTC U Play has perfect memory combination because it has 64GB ROM and 4GB RAM that makes a perfect sense. Every good mid-range device is coming up with almost these memory combination.

We can increase its internal days with the access of memory card which supports up to 256GB. The bad part is we have to make a sacrifice on using memory card because htc u play has same slot for SIM-2 and memory card. Although 64GB internal memory is very good choice even without memory card but if load your device with applications and videos than you must have to use card.

Camera of HTC U Play:

HTC U play is packed with 16MP back camera lens and 16MP front camera lens. It can record video in full 1080p quality. Let’s look at the both camera lens in detail.

Back Camera of HTC U Play:

The rear camera is fictionalized with 16 mega pixels and full video HD support up to 1080p. The back camera has amazing results in every sense from color schemes to brightness, everything just look perfect. It is accessible with dual flash light.

The interface of camera is very easy to use. At top side we have adjustable options of HDR, Auto-HDR and flash light. We have some more options like Zoe Camera, Panorama, Pro and some others. Down side has clickable button with video button, camera switch button and gallery option.

Back camera has adjustable settings of Geo tagging, Anti- shaking, Microphone, scene mode, video quality and many more. Scene mode can adjust the lights automatically by providing the options of auto and night. We can adjust exposure setting manually also and white balance can also adjust with the options of cloud, day light, fluorescent and incandescent.

We have tested the HTC U Play back camera, results are very well. Pure colors are used and intake of pictures are very well. Pictures are not noisy at all and brightness is very well-managed.

Front Camera of HTC U Play:

The front camera is featured with 16MP and no flash light is given just LED flash light is accessible. Selfie Photo, Slow motion, hyper lapse, selfie panorama, zoe camera, selfie video, Pro and many other modes are accessible in front camera option.

The front camera is tested and results are extra ordinary. Sharp and bright colors are observed and you feel energy in your pictures especially in the selfie ones. Some images from front camera of HTC U Play are shared below:

Battery of HTC U Play:

HTC U Play is packed with fixed li-ion battery of 2500 mAh which is not impressive at all because it can be better by giving us 3000 mAh or bigger than that. Excessive usage of 3G/4G services can drain the battery very quickly.

Network/Connectivity of HTC U Play:

HTC U Play is 4G enabled device with the access of 3G or 2G network also. It supports all the suitable bandwidths of networks in Pakistan while the speed for 3G is HSPA+ 42.2/5.76 Mbps and 4G is Cat4 150/50 Mbps.

It gives us some more connectivity’s such as access of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. Wi-Fi supports all standard a/b/g/n/ac with hotspot and Wi-Fi direct options.

Bluetooth version is 4.2 while its bad point is it doesn’t have audio jack. It has given U sonic option via which we can attach our wireless headphones with the help of Bluetooth.

The U Play has access of Dual SIM for Nano SIM while on the slot of SIM-2 we can use either SIM or memory card. We cannot use all the three things together.

Interface of HTC U Play:

HTC U Play runs old android version 6.0 (Marshmallow) with its native interface. The system supports HD resolutions which gives a clear visibility of icons and texts. The colors, brightness, sharpness of each icon is up to the mark furthermore visibility of icons is super clear.

Let’s start with a lock screen which has date and time widget at its top side furthermore weather is just displayed next to it. We have notification menu below to it and we can swipe up the screen to unlock it. If you have set any code or pattern then you must have to insert it first after swiping up the screen.

The main screen has date and time widget at its top where as Google search bar is present just below to it. Applications are arranged in rows and columns while main application manager is present between them.  Some bloat ware applications are already installed on it such auto forward, keep, slides, sheets etc.

Processor of HTC U Play:

Htc u play is mechanized with octa-Core 2.0GHz processor which is 64-bit type processor. It is based on the architecture of ARM Cortex and the chip set inserted in Htc u play is Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10. It improves the efficiency of graphics, network, photography and LTE connectivity.

It has 4GB RAM which is brilliant feature while we have not got any delays and any kind of lags while testing it.

Antutu Bench marking of HTC U Play:

We have tested HTC u play with antutu bench marking which is one of the best testing application. It ha scored 52961 points and the best part is multi-touch test in which HTC U play has scored full 10-points.

Vellamo Bench marking of HTC U Play:

As we know Vellamo Bench marking conduct three tests to check the device efficiency. The multi-core test has 2632 scored points, metal test score 1490 points and chrome browser has scored 2820 points.


HTC u play is a perfect and easy to handle LTE enabled device with 64GB ROM and 4GB RAM. The main disadvantage of u play is that it doesn’t have audio jack. Camera has shown us brilliant results while we were expecting much better battery power than this 2500 mAh. The device has very light weight but the price is little expensive which can low-down its market.

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Shaheer Riaz

A motivated and accomplished Tech Blogger & Graphic Designer, love to write tech blogs and create new designs plus all-time foodie. Studies Bachelors in Computer Sciences.

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