HTC U Ultra, U Play are super-shiny phones with a built-in virtual assistant

first_imgHTC isn’t done making smartphones. In fact, it just got started. At least that’s what HTC would want you to believe. The Taiwanese company launched an all-new series (for the year 2017) of smartphones on Thursday, calling it simply, the HTC U. U because it is supposedly an expression of you, the person who will be using the smartphone, or rather the smartphones: the U Ultra and the U Play.Also Read: HTC isn’t done with smartphones yet and it isn’t scared of Google In line with HTC’s usual proceedings, while the U Ultra is a high-end phone with high-end specs, the U Play is simply a more compact version of it. The U Ultra is a 5.7-inch phone while the U Play maxes out at 5.2-inch. Both the phones, because they are supposed to be an expression of the user, ought to have a virtual assistant of some kind. And they do. Both the phones come with HTC Sense Companion AI which “isn’t just about machine learning, but an extension of you,” according to HTC.The U Ultra and the U Play are capable of learning and adapting as per usage, says HTC. To make the phones more AI-friendly, HTC has incorporated four always-on low-power microphones inside them, so they can respond to every command. The U Ultra also comes with a secondary ticker display above the main screen that is a window to the Sense companion, according to the company. We’ve seen something like this before in the LG V10 and the V20, however, in the case of the U Ultra, the second screen is said be an extension of the AI on-board. It is capable of prioritising notifications delivered for you in a discreet way without lighting the screen and also it learns with time, says HTC. When clubbed with the virtual assistant, the screen is capable of providing personal recommendations that can help you manage your day, it claims.The U Ultra and the U Play also come with a one-of-its-kind biometric voice unlock and control mechanism so users can securely unlock their phone without even interacting with it.advertisementWhile the virtual assistant is one USP of HTC’s new phones, the U line-up also comes with a new design. HTC calls it the liquid design and it essentially consists of glass and metal that boasts of an all-around symmetrical bending that reflects light differently when viewed at an angle. The new phones will be available in four colours: Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink and Ice White.The U Ultra and the U Play also come with sonar-based audio system – called U-Sonic — over headphones that is claimed to deliver true sound that is also capable of adapting to the user. Both the phones come without a regular 3.5mm audio jack and have a single USB Type-C out for charging, data syncing and high-res audio.The U Ultra has a 2K Super LCD 5 screen while its secondary display has a 160×1040 resolution. It also gets Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 5. The U play, on the other hand has a 1080p screen.The Ultra is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal memory. It sports a 12-megapixel (UltraPixel) camera with f/.1.8 aperture, OIS, PDAF and a dual-tone flash. It is also capable of recording 4K videos. The phone runs Android Nougat and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with support for fast charging.Also Read: HTC 10 review: One and only HTC phone that you should buy The Play on the other hand is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor clubbed with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal memory. It sports a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1080 video recording. The phone runs Android Marshmallow and is backed by a 2,500mAh battery.Both the phones have 16-megapixel front cameras and front-mounted fingerprint scanners. Both will be available in dualSIM options with 4G LTE connectivity. Both the phones will be available for buying from March 2017.last_img read more

Aide to Dominica approved in Turks Caicos Cabinet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Cabinet has agreed to give a donation of $100,000 in relief to Dominica; the monies will come from the country’s Contingency Fund. The decision was made Tuesday during Cabinet meeting and follows the devastation caused in the fellow CARICOM nation after Tropical Storm Erika. Two weeks post Erika, and reports to Magnetic Media are that the people of Dominica remain resilient, moving forward as they aim to rebuild their country.The Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit has reached out to several nations and many are responding. The crew of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Lyme Bay of the UK has been in Dominica a week now, the Caribbean Tourism Organization has established a relief fund and the United States, we understand has given $150,000 and has sent in ‘storm surge’ experts for technical support. It is now estimated the damage in Dominica is $370 million US dollars. McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete Related Items:aide, Dominica, Roosevelt skeritt 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Marialast_img read more

Reliance to Unveil Indias First CDMA iPhone on 28 June Report

first_imgReliance Communications (RCom) is expected to unveil India’s first Apple iPhone running its CDMA network on 28 June.Technology website BGR citing sources confirmed the launch of the CDMA iPhone in the country and said RCom will kick-start new marketing campaigns on Friday along with the unveiling of the phone. There is no information on the pricing and network’s availability for the new iPhone in the country.Earlier this month, the same website had reported that RCom and Apple are entering a new partnership to announce the CDMA iPhone in the country.”The official announcement will happen tomorrow that will be aided by a marketing campaign,” BGR reported adding that the “CDMA iPhone is most likely to be locked to RCom’s network unlike the GSM variants that are available unlocked in the open market.”RCom along with Apple also announced a new service plan, according to which, iPhone users under RCom network will get to enjoy up to 50 percent discount on data service on 3G connectivity.”There will be around 140 million more smartphone users in India over the next two or three years. We are gunning to get 40 million of them,” said Gurdeep Singh, chief executive (wireless business), Reliance Communications.”The definition of a subscriber ARPU is dead, it is now the screen size that determines the ARPU. The larger the screen, the more the ARPU,” he added.last_img read more

Cumilla road crash kills two

first_img3 killed in a clashTwo people were killed and three others injured in a road accident at Kursap on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Debidwar upazila of Cumilla on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.Inspector Monirul Islam, in-charge of Eliotganj highway police outpost, said a Cumilla-bound microbus was hit by a speeding vehicle from behind around 7:30am, leaving the two dead on the spot and three others injured.The injured were taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital, he said, adding the deceased could not be identified immediately.All the victims were travelling by the microbus.last_img read more