HTC U11 Smartphone with Snapdragon 835 SoC & Edge Sense Launched

Lynne Hanson
May 17, 2017

The HTC U 11 has a Super LCD 5.5-inch Quad HD display with Gorilla Glass 5 glass.

As it is appropriate for a true flagship, the HTC U11 uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, paired up with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for the USA, while some markets will also get to choose the version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can squeeze the sides of the phone to open the camera app, capture a photo, and can perform various other actions.

Four microphones built into the device are used for audio recording and a "liquid glass surface" makes the silver HTC U11, at least from pictures, to be one of the shiniest, most reflective phones on the market. The successor to HTC 10 and a new member of the U family, HTC U11 comes with a standout feature dubbed Edge Sense. Like in the case of its predecessor, don't expect to find a 3.5mm headphone jack onboard, but HTC is also offering a Type-C-3.5mm adapter (with a built-in DAC).

HTC U 11 will compete with the likes of Apple iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel smartphones in the high-end segment. HTC U11 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and comes in two storage variants. Now, the last video HTC released is quite odd, it compares HTC U11's Edge Sense feature to squeezing various objects, like sponges, balls, kiwi, lime, and so on. Interestingly, the U11 comes with a preinstalled Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa as well as the new HTC Sense Companion that debuted with the HTC U Ultra. The HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with the customized HTC Sense UI laid on top. Power is from a 3000mAh internal battery promising up to 26 hours talktime on 3G/4G networks and the battery supports Quick Charge 3.0. The size of the screen and the resolution leaves the new HTC flagship with 534 ppi of pixel density.

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After a series of leaks, HTC U11 has finally been launched on the eve of HTC's 20th anniversary year.

There's another reason why the HTC U11 is quite special. The focus has been on the "Squeeze" functionality that lets users squeeze the metal borders of the smartphone to access several features.

It's also tipped to have a 12.2-megapixel rear-facing camera and a massive 15.8-megapixel selfie camera. The phone also comes with IP67 certification water and dust proof.

It also has a 16MP UltraPixel low light performance camera, capable of taking 150-degree wide angle selfies. Aside from the Ultra's Blue, White, and Black, HTC has added Red and an "Aqua" shade.

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