Here’s All We Think We Know About HTC U

Every year, new flagship smartphones launches take place throughout the year. 2017 started with LG and Samsung revealing their respective flagship smartphones. Now, a third manufacturer is about to reveal its flagship smartphone. This manufacturer’s name is HTC. HTC flagship smartphones are known for their great industrial design and build quality. However, this year, it will not bring out a successor to HTC 10. Instead, its top-of-the-line smartphone in 2017 is called HTC U. Read on to know more about HTC U price in India, expected launch date, specifications and features.

HTC U

HTC U Price In India

64GB Variant Price (expected) Rs 55,000
128GB Variant Price (expected) Rs 60,000

We expect HTC to price the U on these lines. Why? The Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs 57,900 and LG G6 costs Rs 51,990. Neither of HTC U’s rivals have more than one variant. All this means is that, among other things, pricing will be key to HTC U’s success in India.

HTC U India Launch Date

Launch Date (expected) June 2017

HTC is already late to the 2017 flagship smartphone party. It will be showing the U to the world on May 16, 2017. While specific markets will get the HTC U in May, the worldwide distribution of the phone will commence sometime in June. So, HTC still has a chance to leave its mark in the flagship smartphone segment.

HTC U Specifications

Processor 2.4GHz octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB
Internal Storage 64GB/128GB (expandable up to 2TB)
Display 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440p)  resolution
OS Android 7.0 Nougat with Sense UI
Primary (rear) Camera 12-megapixel with flash
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Battery 3000mAh with Fast Charging
Dual SIM No

HTC’s latest flagship the 10, is not a dual SIM phone. So has been the case for HTC’s past flagships too. Expect this trend to continue. The delay in HTC U’s launch is understandable. Only Samsung could get its hands on the Snapdragon 835 chip. In order to make it to markets on time, LG had to opt for Snapdragon 821 for G6. The HTC U may come with a regular 16:9 aspect ratio screen, as per reports. Expect Android 7.0 Nougat’s power-saving features to help the phone in battery life department.

The same Ultrapixel 2 rear camera found on HTC U Ultra may come to the U. With a 16-megapixel camera up front, at least the smartphone’s selfie snapper has the goods. How well does it perform will be up to HTC’s camera software tuning. Expect more details to come out as the launch nears.

Also, we expect the smartphone to come with a microSD card slot. This way, at least the user can expand the storage space and not feel bound by his/her variant choice.

HTC U Features

  • Glass-Metal construction
  • Liquid finish
  • Dual display
  • Squeeze gestures
  • Fingerprint scanner up front
  • BoomSound speakers
  • Fast Charging
  • USB Type-C
  • No headphone jack
  • Water resistant
  • Five colour options

A few things will differ between the U Ultra and U when the latter comes out. Firstly, HTC is teasing the U to come with a squeeze gesture. This will trigger different functions of the phone. Secondly, expect the U to have BoomSound speakers. This is a trademark HTC feature and should be there on U smartphone. HTC U will sport USB Type-C port and no headphone jack. Hence, it will come with headphones with USB Type-C plug in the box.

We will bring you the latest on HTC U as its launch nears.

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