With HTC officially launching the HTC U Play mid-range smartphone in Dubai, UAE, it’s time to compare the specifications and features of this new device with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) premium mid-range device and find out which is better suited for your needs.
While both the HTC U Play and the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) smartphone features a 5.2-inch display with FHD resolution, the Galaxy A5 (2017) comes with a Super AMOLED display and the HTC U Play with a Super LCD panel. Super AMOLED displays are generally the best when it’s about great viewing angles and deep colors. However, the Super LCD panel features impressive sharpness.
Both the smartphones appear to share the same design cues. Interestingly, the HTC U Play has a similar front-facing home button as the Galaxy A5 (2017) with a fingerprint scanner. Another feature that’s common between these two smartphones is the inclusion of USB Type-C 1.0 port. However, the HTC U Play doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack. HTC has packaged a USB Type-C headphone along with the device.
While the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and the HTC U Play shares a similar thickness (7.9mm vs 8mm), the HTC U Play weighs only 145g. The Galaxy A5 (2017) holds a weight of 157g.
Talking about protection, both the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and the HTC U Play features Gorilla Glass protection, which helps to avoid scratches over the display. That said, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is designed to be IP68 rated dustproof and waterproof. This allows users to take the device over 1.5m deep under water for about 30 minutes.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is powered by the Exynos 7880 octa core processor with 3GB RAM. The processor consists of 8 x 1.9GHz Cortex A53 cores with the Mali-T830MP3 GPU. The internal storage of this device is 32GB.
The HTC U Play, on the other hand, features the octa core Mediatek Helio P10 processor with 3GB RAM for the 32GB model, and 4GB RAM for the 64GB model. Both the Samsung and HTC smartphones run on Android 6.0 OS and sports MicroSD card expansion.
The cameras on both the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and the HTC U Play features a 16MP image sensor (Both front and rear cameras). However, the aperture on the Galaxy A5 (2017) is F1.9, while the aperture on the HTC U Play’s camera is F2. The HTC U Play’s 16MP has a dual-LED flash support for the main camera. These two devices can record videos at 1080p@ 30fps.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) holds a 3000 mAh battery onboard, while the HTC U Play has a smaller 2500 mAh battery. Both these devices offer fast-charge support. However, the battery on these devices is non-removable.
For those who are finding it difficult to decide the right smartphone, we can help you decide the perfect mid-range model. If you’re looking for a smartphone that can take some splashes or dive in the pool or the one that packs a bigger battery, or the device that features the best display in the market, we would suggest the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017).
The HTC U Play, on the other hand, is the better choice, if you want to pick the lightest smartphone of the duo, or if you want more RAM and internal storage, or if you care about better flash support for your camera shots. Regardless, the performance of the camera and the processor on these two devices are identical as they run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is priced at AED 1449 in Dubai, UAE.
The HTC U Play will be priced at AED 1799 in Dubai, UAE.