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HTC U Ultra and Play shine on in glass

Two phones. Four colors. Lots of ooh la la.

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HTC knows how to make a good-looking phone, and the HTC U Ultra and U Play are gorgeous in glass.

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Inspired by water, HTC wanted to make phones that felt liquid and deep.

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The U Ultra, left, is larger than the U Play.

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The reflective phones capture and scatter light in four colors: white, pink, blue and black.

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Here's another look.

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The quality of light changes the phones' color.

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But it's the phones' second screen at the top and AI software inside that sets the U Ultra and U Play apart.

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You can see subtle reminders, like to get the milk.

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And you swipe among screens as a shortcut to your top apps.

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The weather alert.

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Here's what a calendar notification looks like.

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You'll do some settings setup to get started.

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You can choose everything from the music player to the weather, but I have a feeling that less is more.

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The phones run on Android 7.0.

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The Play has stepped down specs -- for example, its 16-megapixel camera isn't going to be as sharp as the Ultra's 12-"Ultrapixel" shooter, HTC said.

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You'll be able to see the U Ultra and U Play from even more angles in the next slides, including how reflective and smudgy the phone gets.

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There's no headphone jack and no water-resistant coating on either phone, but there is that gorgeous body and all that AI. Read our hands-on impressions of the HTC U Ultra and U Play.

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