HTC U Play vs Honor 8 vs Samsung Galaxy A5: specs comparison


So, the U for U teaser was all about two new smartphones by HTC — the flagship-grade U Ultra and the midrange U Play. Now, while the “big brother” here looks awesome and has a high-powered hardware to keep it competitive among other top-shelf devices, we're a bit curious if the U Play will have enough going for it to make an impact.

See the U Play is powered by a Mediatek Helio P10 SoC — the lowest of the Helio series — and its 2,500 mAh battery doesn't inspire confidence either. Still, it's expected to cost around $400 at launch, probably because that shiny liquid-like finish makes it look like the price is justified.

So, let's compare internals — let's pit the HTC U Play against similar midrangers like the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and Honor 8. Both of these cost around the $400 mark and have metal-and-glass builds. The Honor 8 even has that fancy dual camera!

Display

Size

5.2 inches
5.2 inches
5.2 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
S-LCD

Screen-to-body

72.39 %
72.02 %
70.01 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 8939
HiSilicon Kirin 950
MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755

Processor

Octa-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 28 nm
Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A72 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 16 nm
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 405
Mali-T880 MP4
Mali-T860 MP2

RAM

2GB
4GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

16GB
64GB
32GB

OS

Android (5.1 Lollipop)
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), Huawei Emotion UI
Android (7.0 Nougat), HTC Sense UI

Battery

Capacity

2900 mAh
3000 mAh
2500 mAh

Charging

Fast charging
Fast charging
Fast charging

Talk time

 
28.00 hours
the average is 15 h (927 min)
 

Stand-by time

 
15.0 days (360 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

16.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
15.21 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
 
17.8 days (428 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Talk time (4G)

 
11 hours
15 hours

Stand-by time (4G)

 
 
17.8 days (428 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Music playback

75.00 hours
24.00 hours
 

Video playback

14.00 hours
10.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 MP (OIS, Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)
12 MP (Laser and PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
16 MP (OIS, PDAF, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 35 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.9"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Pixel size: 1 μm

Second camera

 
12 MP (Black and White, Laser and PDAF)
 

Specifications

 
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 35 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.9"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm
 

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Features

Video calling
Time-lapse video, Video calling, Video sharing
Hyperlapse, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 MP
8 MP
16 MP

Video capture

 
 
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.70 x 2.80 x 0.29 inches (144.8 x 71 x 7.3 mm)
5.73 x 2.80 x 0.29 inches (145.5 x 71 x 7.45 mm)
5.75 x 2.87 x 0.31 inches (145.99 x 72.9 x 7.99 mm)

Weight

5.47 oz (155.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (185 g)
5.40 oz (153.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (185 g)
5.11 oz (145.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (185 g)

Materials

 
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

 
 
Touch sensitive control keys

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 499
$ 440
See the full Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) vs Honor 8 vs HTC U Play specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


Related phones

U Play
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 16 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio P10 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2500 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat HTC Sense UI
Galaxy A5 (2016)
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
8
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo Huawei Emotion UI

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