HTC launched its U Ultra smartphone globally last month. However, there was no certainty about the phone’s launch in the Indian market, until now. The company has sent out press invites, which as confirmed the launch date — February 21. The launch event will take place in New Delhi.

Along with the U Ultra, the company had also launched its smaller variant — dubbed as U Play. While the U Ultra will launch on 21st, there is no information about the launch of U Play in India. However, we are expecting HTC to launch U Play as well.

One of the major highlights of this phone definitely has to be its 3D glass design, and the fact that it is equipped with artificial intelligence and machine learning. Dubbed as HTC Sense Companion, it is basically an AI personal assistant on the device, which uses machine learning to make the device more personal, like Google Assistant. It also uses data from the cloud to further enhance user experience with alerts and notifications.

Another highlight of the handset is a narrow 2-inch touchscreen at the top, with resolution of 160 x 1040 pixels. The 2-inch secondary screen sits on the top of the phone’s main display of 5.7-inch with screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The secondary display can be customised with shortcuts for contacts or any other app or notifications.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor, along with 4GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, it comes with two options — 64GB and 128GB. There is also an option to expand the storage up to 2TB using a microSD card. The device is powered by a 3000 mAh battery, which seems a little small for a device with 5.7-inch QHD display. In terms of software, it runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

On the imaging front, the camera remains the same — a 12 MP Ultrapixel sensor, however, it has been upgraded with phase detection auto focus. It also features laser auto focus, f/1.8 aperture, and OIS. On the front, the camera is a 16 MP sensor, with a new “Ultrapixel Mode” which produces 4 MP images.

As the headphone jack is now missing in the new device, HTC is bundling USonic earphones — a rebranded version of the in-ear headphones that were included with the HTC Bolt and 10 Evo, which connects with the USB-C port.

While the HTC U Ultra with 64GB storage was priced at $749, there is no pricing information available for the Indian market. But we’ll have all the information regarding the phone’s pricing and market availability and colour options after the launch.

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