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With the CES 2017 event still resonating with tech savvy smartphone enthusiasts, a lot of brand new devices are making their way onto people’s wishlists for this year. One of the most exciting reveals were the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play smartphones from the established Taiwanese manufacturer.

After an unconvincing performance last year following the major success of the year before that, it is quite difficult to perfectly anticipate HTC’s impact on the smartphone industry at any given time. In this article are taking one of the two newly announced devices and pitting them against a device that has been around for some time now. Hopefully, this will give us some insight as to where the new HTC model stands and what we can expect from the future.


The HTC U Ultra features a 5.7 inch display that uses quad HD technology to produce a max resolution of 2560 x 1440. There is also a secondary screen that follows the recent trend, which operates at a 1040 x 160 resolution, with 2 inches.

On the other hand the OnePlus 3T comes with a full HD display that offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution over its 5.5 inch screen. This unit does not come with a dual screen setup.


Moving on to what’s under the hood, we can hear a Snapdragon 821 processing unit roaring for both smartphones. The similarities start to fade however when we reach the RAM department where the U Ultra loses the battle, 4 to 6 GB. There are identical internal storage options, 64 GB and 128 GB, but the new HTC handset lets you expand that to up to 2 TB. The 3T makes up for its shortcomings with a 16 MP camera on the rear and a 16 MP one on the front panel. U Ultra features a 12 MP rear shooter and a 16 MP front facing lens. In terms of battery power, the 3000 mAH unit of the U Ultra is inferior to the 3400 mAH unit of the 3T.