HTC finally took the wraps off of its latest flagship smartphone for 2017. Called the HTC U11 the phone is both a member of the new HTC’s U family and the successor to the last year’s HTC One 10. However, it’s not the name that makes the phone stand out of the crowd, as the phone’s most intriguing feature is Edge Sense. This innovative technology introduces a new way of a phone control.
Debuting today, HTC U11, is already open for pre-order at Sprint and unlocked at HTC online store. Packed with stunning specs the phone offers innovative way of controlling a smartphone.
To begin from the HTC U11 biggest selling point, the Sense Edge allows its users to interact with their phone by squeezing it. In practice it means that you can for instance shoot a phone with a single squeeze of the U11’s body frame. The squeeze strength is a subject to customization. So you can decide how hard you need to squeeze the frame to complete a certain action.
In addition, the U11 arrives with the Sense Companion that was first launched with the U Ultra. This smart app gives you suggestions by monitoring your actions and the widely understood use of the device. As any self-respecting Android flagship for 2011, the handset packs the built-in Google Assistant (naturally where available). Furthermore in selected markets the U11 will also come with Amazon Alexa out of box. As you see HTC gives its customers a multiplicity of choices regarding digital assistant.
360 real-life recording
Remember the recent teaser of ‘360 real-life recording’? Surprisingly enough, the feature isn’t referring to the camera but the phone’s ‘3D audio recording’ capabilities delivered by four microphones. Speaking of the U11’s audio parameters, the device houses Hi-Res Audio and comes with BoomSound Hi-Fi edition. Present already in the HTC 10 the technology employs the earpiece to act as a tweeter, while the bottom speaker is in charge of the bass.
Specs-wise, the U11 offers some of the most-wanted hardware. Driven by the Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB (or optionally 128GB in select markets) of internal expandable storage, the handset works on Android 7.1 Nougat with HTC Sense on the top.
Other than that, the phone sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCED 5 screen panel and a package full of all modern connectivity options, including 4G LTE, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS and GLONASS. However, quite disappointingly the maker didn’t equip the U11 with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.
The phone will be available in two models single- and dual-SIM. The former supports 1Gbps 4G LTE, while the latter delivers only 800Mbps. The whole thing is kept alive by a pretty massive 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and two power saving modes.
In the optics department the handset offers a combination of a 12MP UltraPixel 3 primary camera with 1.4 micron pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, OIS and dual-LED flash capable to record 4K videos. As for selfie snapper it comes represented by a stunning 16MP 1080p Full HD video camera featuring Selfie Panorama mode.
When it comes to the external design, the HTC U11’s shinny glass body shell has been labeled with IP67 military certification tag for water and dust resistance. Being completely dust tight the phone can additionally survived being buried in 1m deep water for half an hour.
Available in wide variety of color options including Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red will debut on global market this month priced at something around €750/£650.
In the States the U11 is already available for pre order at Sprint for nothing upfront and $29 per month on a 2-year installment plan. All pre-ordered devices will be shipped on June 9. If you make a fast purchase, you can additionally benefit from a bonus of two Amazon Echo Dots bundled with the order.
Moreover, if you prefer unlocked model, then you should hit HTC online store or Amazon, where the U11 is accessible in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, and Amazing Silver for $649. Here also the shipping is scheduled for June 9.
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