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!

HTC U Play vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) vs Honor 8


Display size

5.2 inches
5.2 inches
5.2 inches


1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

428 ppi
424 ppi
424 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

70.01 %
72.39 %
72.02 %



Single camera
Single camera
Dual camera

Main camera

16 megapixels
13 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Laser and Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Pixel size: 1 μm
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

Second camera

12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Black and White, Laser and Phase detection autofocus


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


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


16 megapixels
5 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)



5.75 x 2.87 x 0.31 inches (145.99 x 72.9 x 7.99 mm)
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)


5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.40 oz (153 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)


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


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


Touch sensitive control keys

Hardware & Performance

System chip

MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 8939
HiSilicon Kirin 950


Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
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


Mali-T860 MP2
Adreno 405
Mali-T880 MP4


2 GB


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



2500 mAh
2900 mAh
3000 mAh



Talk time

28.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)

Stand-by time

15.0 days (360 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)

Talk time (3G)

15.21 hours
the average is 23 h (1378 min)
16.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1378 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1378 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

17.8 days (428 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Talk time (4G)

15 hours
11 hours

Stand-by time (4G)

17.8 days (428 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)

Music playback

75.00 hours
24.00 hours

Video playback

14.00 hours
10.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 440
$ 499



1. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ooh this comparison doesn't help the play at all.

2. yalokiy

Posts: 1012; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Who would buy HTC U Play for $440, when you can get for the same price or even much cheaper (depends from country) a honor 8 or samsung galaxy A5 (2017) ?

3. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Honor 8 you are right. Galaxy A5 is a joke its has horrible reception.

4. yalokiy

Posts: 1012; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Are you speaking about A5 (2017) or (2016) ? A5 (2017) was just released begging of January.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or oneplus3... lol..

5. raky_b

Posts: 399; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

better than Samsung, but still far from a good offer

6. yalokiy

Posts: 1012; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's better than Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016), but not (2017) which is going on sale now. They did a wrong comparison here above with outdated model.

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