HTC, today made their flagship phone, the U11 official. The U11 is the successor to the HTC 10 that was launched last year and is a new part of the HTC U family(comprising of U Play and U ultra). It has a 5.5-inch, Quad HD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, and new glass and metal design. HTC is also introducing a new way to interact with the U11 by letting you squeeze the sides of the device to perform different functions.
The HTC U11 incorporates pressure sensors in its sides which give you a virtual button that you can configure to open any app you like. Now in order to open camera, email or messenger, you just have to squeeze the sides of the phone.
The phone can also tell the difference between a normal squeeze, a short squeeze, and a squeeze and hold gesture, so you will be able to open multiple apps without touching the screen.
U11 lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, instead relying on its USB Type-C port for charging, data transfer, and audio function. It has “3D audio recording” capabilities, powered by 4 microphones. The phone is also Hi-Res Audio certified, and comes with BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition, just like in the HTC 10.
The U Ultra’s camera wasn’t so great but this time HTC has promised that the U11 is much better in this regard and DxOMark, the respected camera testing outfit, backs this claim as it has given the HTC U11 a score of 90 for both still photography and video. That’s the highest score ever in DxOMark’s rankings. Now just to compare, the Google Pixel has a score of 89 whereas the Galaxy S8 has a score of 88. The U11’s camera is a 12 MP UltraPixel with 1.4-micron pixel size, UltraSpeed autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, OIS, a dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording. Slow motion video can be captured in 1080p at 120fps. The front facing camera goes up to 16MP and comes with Auto HDR boost and a selfie panorama mode.
HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1 right out of the box and has 3 different virtual assistants. In addition to the Google Assitant that comes with android, it also has HTC Sense companion and support for Amazon’s Alexa assistant. The latter is only available in the United States, the UK, and Germany, but its inclusion is nevertheless surprising. The Snapdragon 835 is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage (expandable), while in some markets (likely in Asia), a beefed-up version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage will be offered.
Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage (expandable), while in some markets (likely in Asia), a beefed-up version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage will be offered. The battery is quite small at 3000 mAh. The fingerprint sensor is located up front, and the device is water resistant (IP67).
Worldwide, the HTC U11 will be available starting this month in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red. Pricing will be revealed on a per market basis.