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It is a well-known fact that HTC developed Google's Pixel smartphones. How does their latest flagship, the HTC U Ultra, stand against the Pixel XL? We try to find out.

Google Pixel XL vs. HTC U Ultra

Battery capacity

Google Pixel XL boasts a 3,450 mAh battery, while the HTC U Ultra has a 3,000 mAh battery. Thus, the Pixel XL has around 13% larger battery capacity.

Color options

Black and blue are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a silver variant, while the U Ultra also comes in white.


Pixel XL features an aluminum unibody, while the U Ultra boasts of a glass aluminum design. HTC seems to have taken a cue from Samsung since the U Ultra looks almost the same as Galaxy S7 Edge. (Read the comparison between Google Pixel XL and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge).


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. HTC U Ultra is 162.4 mm in height, 79.8 mm in width and 8 mm in depth. Thus, U Ultra is around 5% taller and wider, and around 9% thicker in comparison.

Display pixel density

Pixel XL boasts of a pixel density of 534 ppi, while U Ultra has only 513 ppi. This is evident since Pixel has a smaller display.

Display size

Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display, while U Ultra sports a 5.7-inch display. Hence, U Ultra has a 3.5% bigger screen than that of Pixel XL.

Display type

Google Pixel XL uses AMOLED technology, while the HTC U Ultra employs Super LCD 5.

Dual screen

Pixel XL has only one screen, while the U Ultra features a second smaller screen above the main display, just like the one seen in LG V20. Not so Samsung-like, eh HTC?

External storage

Pixel XL does not have the option to expand its storage capacity by any means. U Ultra, on the other hand, can widen the memory up to 2 TB via a micro SD card.

Fingerprint sensor placement

Pixel XL has the fingerprint module at the rear, while the U Ultra has the sensor embedded in the physical Home button in the front.

Headphone jack

While the Google Pixel XL comes with the standard 3.5 mm jack, HTC U Ultra has taken a leap and removed it.

Home button

Pixel XL comes with an on-screen Home button, while the U Ultra has a physical off-screen button located below the display.

Internal storage options

Pixel XL offers a base variant with 32 GB memory, while U Ultra starts with 64 gigs of storage. There is an additional 128 GB model for the Google Pixel XL.

Optical image stabilization

Google Pixel XL does not come with OIS, while the HTC U Ultra has this feature.


Pixel XL is available at $769 (for 32 GB variant), $869 (for 128 GB variant). U Ultra is available at $749 (for 64 GB).

Primary camera aperture

Pixel XL has a rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 while the U Ultra's primary camera has f/1.8 aperture size. Hence, more light is allowed to pass through in case of the HTC U Ultra.

Secondary camera

Google Pixel XL comes with a 8 MP front camera. HTC U Ultra has a 16 MP front shooter. Thus, U Ultra has 50% more megapixels in its secondary camera.

Other common features

  • Weight (170 g approx.)
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Single lens 12 MP primary camera
  • Android 7 Nougat


HTC U Ultra does not sound like a big deal. It seems to be inspired from features already available in other brands. Moreover, although it does come with Android Nougat, it is likely to receive no or very slow updates when compared to the in-house Pixel XL. With almost similar features and a proven camera record, Google Pixel XL definitely wins over the HTC U Ultra.
Super Mario Run, the newest game from Nintendo to make headlines, is all set to launch on the Android platform in March. The company made the announcement by tweeting from their Japanese Twitter account.

Super Mario Run

This is in line with the deadline of early 2017 that was promised for an Android release at the time of the launch. It is to be noted that the game was launched in December last year for iOS devices.
One can now pre-register on the Google Play Store to get notified as and when the app is released.

Although Pokemon Go was based on Nintendo characters, it was developed by Niantic (and not Nintendo itself). Super Mario Run is thus, the first game developed by Nintendo for their hardware. As far as the game is concerned, it is portrayed as a new kind of Mario game that can be played with just one hand.

Watch the official gameplay video below:

Smartphone manufacturers these days boast of making the thinnest devices to stand out of the crowd and offer something unique in the over-saturated market. The thickness of the camera lens used plays a significant role in achieving the same. What if there was a camera module that was just a couple of millimeters in thickness? Our phones would then be thinner than we can now imagine! Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Germany have achieved just that! The same was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Facet Vision camera mounted on the ribbon cable

Aptly termed the Facet Vision, the technology is inspired by insects and their multi-faceted eyes. Instead of using a single lens, the camera is composed of 135 uniform lenses. They are placed close to each other forming a mosaic. Each one captures a part of the subject, which is later combined to yield the complete picture.

With the currently available technology, it is expected to be used in robot technology, automobile industry, medical engineering, and printing industry among others.

The camera is just 2 mm thick - a huge difference from the usual 5 mm lenses used in smartphones. Currently, the scientists have been able to achieve up to 4 MP resolution using this technology. However, further research suggests that the number can go up to 10 megapixels, making it a suitable choice for smartphones.
Samsung has today launched their latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy J1 4G, under the J series of devices. It is their most affordable smartphone to come with a Super AMOLED display. Another economical phone, the Galaxy J2 Ace, has also been launched.

Samsung Galaxy J1 4G

The smartphone comes with the proprietary Ultra Data Saving mode, the S bike mode, and the S Power Planning feature.

As the name suggests, the device supports 4G and VoLTE. It comes with a 4.5-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The battery capacity is 2,050 mAh.

Samsung Galaxy J1 4G sports a 5 MP f/2.2 primary camera with flash. The secondary camera is a 2 MP f/2.2 shooter.

The smartphone is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz and 1 GB RAM. The internal memory is 8 GB, which is expandable up to 128 GB via micro SD card. The rear cover has a faux leather finish.

Samsung Galaxy J1 4G comes in black, gold, and white color variants. It is priced at ₹6,890 ($100 approx.).

Samsung Galaxy J1 4G specifications

Operating System: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Storage: 8 GB internal  (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 4.5-inch WVGA Super AMOLED
Resolution (pixels): 800x480
Primary camera: 5 megapixel
Secondary camera: 2 megapixel
Battery: 2,050 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 69.3x132.6x8.9 mm
Weight: 131 g
Price: ₹6,890 ($100 approx.)
Samsung has today launched their latest smartphone under the J series of devices, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace. It is the company's most economical phone to come with front camera flash. Another affordable device, the Galaxy J1 4G, has also been launched.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace

The smartphone comes with the proprietary Ultra Data Saving mode, the S bike mode, and the S Power Planning feature. S Secure and Turbo Speed technology are also available. All these features are custom-built for the Indian market.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace features a 5-inch qHD (Quarter High Definition) display, with a resolution of 960x540 pixels. It supports 4G LTE and VoLTE. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The battery capacity is 2,600 mAh.

The primary camera is a 8 MP f/2.2 lens with LED flash. The secondary camera is a 5 MP f/2.2 shooter and comes with selfie flash.

The smartphone is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and 1.5 GB RAM. The internal memory is 8 GB, which is expandable up to 256 GB via micro SD card. The rear panel has a unique anti-scratch pattern.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace comes in black, gold, and silver color options. It is priced at ₹8,490 ($125 approx.) and will be available January 16 onwards.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 1.4 GHz quad-core
Memory: 1.5 GB RAM
Storage: 8 GB internal  (expandable up to 256 GB)
Display: 5-inch qHD
Resolution (pixels): 960x540
Primary camera: 8 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 2,600 mAh
Price: ₹8,490 ($125 approx.)
Lenovo has today launched their latest smartphone under the P series, the Lenovo P2, in India.

Lenovo P2

The device features a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display. It comes with the proprietary TheaterMax technology that promises a rich multimedia experience.

Lenovo P2 boasts of a massive 5,100 mAh battery. It supports fast charging. There is a dedicated physical key on the side to switch the phone to power saver mode.

The device comes with a fingerprint sensor built-in the physical Home button on the front. It comes with dual-app functionality, which allows two instances of the same app to run at a time. Needless to say, it is a dual SIM smartphone. It supports 4G and VoLTE.

Lenovo P2 is powered by 64-bit 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. The device comes in two variants - one with 3 GB RAM, while the other with 4 GB RAM. The internal storage is 32 GB across both the models. It is expandable up to 128 GB via a micro SD card.

The smartphone features a 13 MP primary camera with Sony Exmor IMX258 sensor. The secondary camera is a 5 MP shooter.

Lenovo P2 comes in gold and gray color variants. It will be available exclusively on Flipkart midnight onwards. The 3 GB model is priced at ₹16,999 ($250 approx.), and the 4 GB variant is priced at ₹17,999 ($265 approx.).

Lenovo P2 specifications

Operating System: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Processor: 2 GHz octa-core
Memory: 3/4 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal  (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 5,100 mAh
Dimenisons (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.0x153.0x8.3 mm
Weight: 177 g
Price: ₹16,999 ($250 approx.) for 3 GB; ₹17,999 ($265 approx.) for 4 GB