While HTC previously revealed that both U Ultra and U Play smartphones will be available to purchase from February at HTC's online store, Amazon, Very.co.uk and other retailers, Carphone Warehouse today made both handsets available for pre-orders. Both handsets can now be pre-ordered either SIM-free or on select Pay Monthly contracts.
HTC U Ultra
The U Ultra features a 5.7-inch 3D contoured liquid surface as well as a second display which displays useful notifications and also lets you access your favourite contacts, apps and reminders, very much like the secondary display in LG's V-series phones. The phone's internal specifications include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processor, 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, a 2TB MicroSD slot, a 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support and a Quad HD Super LCD 5 display. HTC U Ultra will also be available as a premium 128GB variant which will also feature Sapphire Front Glass for better durability.
The 5.2-inch U Play also comes with Sense Companion, voice recognition, USonic and a 3D contoured liquid surface but lacks a secondary display. Its front cameras are similar in resolution as the ones in the U Ultra but the main camera is 16-MP one instead of a 12-MP UltraPixel one. Other specifications include a MediaTek™ Helio™ P10 processor, 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, a 2TB MicroSD slot, a Full HD Super LCD display, a 2,500 mAh battery and a USB Type-C port.
HTC U Play
If you want to buy the U Ultra or the U Play SIM-free, then you will need to pay £649.99 and £469.99 respectively. Carphone Warehouse are offering the U Ultra with 24GB data at the upfront cost of £99.99 on Vodafone for £42 per month. The cheaper U Play is available to pre-order with 3GB data for free at £28.50 per month on O2.
You can also pre-order both phones with a number of other deals based on your requirement. The 64GB U Ultra is available with 1GB of data along with unlimited minutes and texts for £42 a month and £29.99upfront. If you increase the upfront payment to £50, you will get 3GB of data instead of 1GB. There's also a 2GB deal on the EE network which costs £38.49 per month and £99.99 upfront and will come with 1000 minutes and unlimited texts as well. This deal comes with six-month free subscription to Apple Music for iOS and Android.
HTC U Play is also available on an amazing 24GB deal on Vodafone which comes with unlimited minutes and texts and costs just £32 a month with zero upfront. You can also get a 3GB deal on O2 with unlimited minutes and texts by paying just £28.50 a month and zero upfront.