Finally, HTC has launched the new flagship in the HTC U series called HTC U11 which looks like a combined name of the rumoured ‘HTC U’ and ‘HTC 11’. In an official event today, the company unveiled this device and as we recently saw in the leaked video of the device, it comes with the same design and has a Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM. This new device comes with Edge Sensor for new squeeze interaction that lets its users do multiple tasks including launching the camera app, taking images, launching the Google Assistant and many other features.
“HTC Edge Sense gives you the ability to activate advanced touch and use a “short squeeze” as well as a “squeeze and hold” for even more functionality at your fingertips. And because Edge Sense is based on actual pressure applied to the side of the device, it can be used in nearly any condition – including while wearing gloves or in weather such as snow or rain that would normally be a challenge with capacitive buttons. You can even customize the squeeze gesture: open email with just a squeeze. Or launch your favourite game (or any other app). Or pick any one of a host of options.” Says HTC in an official press release.”
The HTC U11 comes with USB C audio with a built-in DAC that offers great audio performance and wide compatibility with all other devices and earphones. HTC USonic earphones are the advanced headset made for the HTC U11 that now comes with active noise cancellation that reduces disruptions and distractions around you, so you can stay focused on your music. Active Noise Cancellation continuously monitors environmental sound levels and quickly adjusts to any new noises or disturbances.
The device also comes with HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers now offer more loudness and better Dynamic Range Audio. On top, the tweeter now offers an acoustic chamber that allows the highs and mids to sound richer. While below, the woofer sports a new speaker and improved magnetic circuit design for louder, clearer and deeper bass tones.
The HTC U11 is priced at €749 in Europe, £649 in the UK and $696 in the US where it will be available with contracts only. The U11 will be available in select regions starting next week and will be available globally starting in June 2017. It comes with Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White and Solar Red colour options. In Asian countries like India, a HiFi 6GB RAM variant will be available with a 128GB inbuilt storage option while in non-Asian countries, it will be available with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage.
The HTC U11 features a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU and has multiple variants with 6GB RAM + 128GB inbuilt storage (UFS 2.1), 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage with both supporting expandable storage up to 2TB with microSD card. It runs on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with HTC Sense UI and will support single or Hybrid dual-SIM options. It also comes with HTC Edge Sense and HTC Sense Companion features as well.
It features a 12-megapixel HTC UltraPixel 3 rear camera with 1.4μm pixel, dual LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, OIS, UltraSpeed Autofocus, RAW capture, 4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res stereo recording, Acoustic Focus, 120fps slow-mo video at 1080p and features a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p video recording.
It is backed up by a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and supports 4G VoLTE, 3G, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity options and also comes with water and dust resistant ratings (IP57). Other notable features of the device include USB-C audio, HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition, 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones and Hi-Res audio certification. A fingerprint sensor is available on the front panel home button. It measures 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm and weighs 169 grams.