HTC announced the new top range smartphone, HTC U 11, characterized by a new Edge Sense functionality with a pressure-sensitive, squeezable metal trim design. As per the company, HTC has decided to create the world’s first smartphone equipped with the revolutionary new way of interaction through pressure, U Touch technology.
The HTC Edge Sense functionality allows you to easily interact with your phone in defining and intuitive way, turning the entire outer frame itself into a programmable shortcut area. HTC Edge Sensor for new squeeze interaction that lets you launch the various apps and to do tasks such as open camera, send text messages, open email or customize it to launch any application. It also allows you to activate the advanced touch and use a “short squeeze” as well as a “squeeze and hold” for even more functionality.
HTC Said: “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”.
The HTC U 11 comes with a liquid glass surface design crafted using Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition. It’s created by layering highly-refractive precious minerals across the phone’s back cover, creating vivid new colors that transforms light. It has 3D glass layer on both front and rear sides as well.
It sport USB-C audio along with the HTC USonic Active Noise Cancellation which has the ability to tune audio to your unique hearing. It uses built-in mic on the headphones and USB-C data connectivity, USonic earbuds map inner ear with an advanced sonar-like technology and then adapt the sound profile to your unique biology.
The HTC U 11 is also dust and water-resistant with IP57 ratings. There is also HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers promises more loudness and better Dynamic Range Audio. Coming to Active Noise Cancellation, which reduces disruptions and distractions around you, so you can stay focused on your music.
The U 11 also comes equipped with an USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with a built-in DAC. It also feature HTC Sense Companion, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. There is also support for Duer AI Assistant: Powered by Baidu DuerOS in China.
For optics, it flaunts 12-megapixels HTC UltraPixel 3 camera sensor on the back with f/1.7 aperture, multi-axis optical image stabilization (OIS), dual LED flash and 4K video recording. The device has four optimally positioned omni-directional microphones that work together to record audio from all directions, and when shooting video with Acoustic Focus, you can visually zoom in to target your subject and amplify their specific sounds.
HTC U 11 Specifications
- Dimensions: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm
- Weight: 169g
- Display: 5.5″ Quad HD (2560 x 1440) Super LCD 5 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- IP67: Water and dust resistant
- OS: Android 7.1 Nougat with HTC Sense
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 64-bit 2.45GHz octa-core processor
- GPU: Adreno 540
- RAM: 6GB / 4GB of RAM
- Storage: 128GB / 64GB of internal storage expandable via micro SD up to 2TB
- Rear Camera: 12MP HTC Ultrapixel 3 with 1.4μm pixels UltraSpeed Autofocus, BSI sensor, Optical Image stabilization (OIS), f /1.7 aperture, Dual LED flash, self timer up to 10 seconds, Face detection, Pro mode with manual control, 32- second long exposure, RAW format, Boost HDR, Panorama, Hyperlapse, slow motion video (1080p at 120fps), 4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res recording, and Acoustic Focus
- Front Camera: 16MP, BSI sensor, HDR BOOST, FHD (1080p) video recording
- Audio: HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition, 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones, certified Hi-Res Audio
- Sensors: Edge Sensor, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Motion G-sensor, Compass Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Magnetic Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Sensor Hub
- Connectivity: USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 & 5GHz), NFC, HTC Connect
- Battery: 3000mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
HTC U 11 Price and Availability
HTC U 11 price in US is set to $649.99, and it can be pre-ordered via Amazon.com store; £649 in UK, €749 in Europe; and will be available globally from June in in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White and Solar Red color options.