Specs summary


The HTC U Play's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a MediaTek Helio P10 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

16+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 17 days standby time, 913 minutes (3G).

Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)

The Inquirer

Looks nice, mostly works well

from The Inquirer
Overall, the HTC U Play is fine. On the plus side, it looks stylish and takes good photos that look particularly bright on its HD display. However, its performance is on the slower side of average, the battery doesn't last the day, it's slippery as heck and it doesn't have a headphone port. For just under £400, that doesn't seem good enough... Full review
The Inquirer

Looks nice, features mostly work well

from The Inquirer
Overall, the HTC U Play is fine. On the plus side, it looks stylish and takes good photos that look particularly bright on its HD display. However, its performance is on the slower side of average, the battery doesn't last the day, it's slippery as heck and it doesn't have a headphone port. For just under £400, that doesn't seem good enough... Full review

A stylish, relatively solid mid-range handset

from Notebookcheck
HTC's U Play is a solid mid-range smartphone, but the competition now offers more. Users who find a high-tech headset, personal assistant, and high-resolution front camera convincing arguments will get a stylish smartphone. However, they will also have to accept the mediocre battery life and slightly moderate performance... Full review

Stylish looks, good selfie cam

from V3
It's hard to figure out who HTC was aiming this phone at – it's a decent mid-ranger, but there's better out there for the same price or less. It's not bad by any means, but like HTC's terrible puns, it's probably not going to delight U... Full review

Simply way too expensive to recommend

from NDTV
The HTC U Play is a neat little device with striking looks and smooth all-round performance. It has a good display, the cameras are very capable, and battery life is not too shabby for such a small body. The phone will be going on sale in the second week of April, according to HTC. We weren't able to get any definitive timeline for the rollout of an Android Nougat update, but it should be in the works... Full review

A very pleasant design with simple but functional interface

from PhoneArena
The U Play ticks all the boxes in its segment, save for a few camera mishaps, so if you are pleased with its premium design, and don't mind paying a bit extra, it's a nice choice in the midrange category... Full review
The Mobile Indian

Feels premium in hands and does the justice to brand value

from The Mobile Indian
HTC U Play is certainly a new approach from HTC in the smartphone space. The U Play does bank heavily on the new aesthetics and the software coupled with a decent camera. However, a MediaTek Helio P10 in a smartphone priced at Rs 39,990 will raise a lot of eyebrows. As is the case with every other HTC device, the U Play might have stretched the price too high... Full review

Smart glossy design, smart camera tech

from Recombu
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 to the super-responsive fingerprint sensor. However, performance, battery life and other key features fail to impress, while one of the potentially killer features - that Sense Companion assistant - is MIA... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date February 22, 2017
Regions available United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
700/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor MediaTek Helio P10 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB or 64 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
913 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 17 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink, Ice White, Sapphire Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.3 x 0.8 cm
(5.8 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 145 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD 5
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 428 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/2
Resolution 16+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, , HDR, Voice activation, Scene mode, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 16+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Face detection, Panorama, Self-timer, Voice activation, HDR
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments 64 GB storage version has 4 GB RAM.
Related Links Quick Start Guide (PDF)
HTC U Play Manual (PDF)
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