HTC U11 with Edge Sensor, Snapdragon 835, 16MP camera launched

17 May, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Randy Kelley
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HTC is shaking up how you interact with your smartphone with the launch of its new squeezable HTC U11 flagship on Tuesday.

The handset comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, there is also a 6GB and 128GB storage version for some global markets, both devices feature a microSD card slot for expansion.

The glass-cased device comes with a new feature called Edge Sense, which allows users to apply pressure to the sides of the phone to quickly launch various applications like the talk-to-text, email, camera, or virtual assistant functions.

The cameras are also capable of recording 4K videos, comes with 360 sound recording and delivers high resolution audio.

At $649, the HTC U11 is cheaper than the U Ultra and comes with a bucket-load of features, including having a 12MP rear camera that has managed to score 90 points in the DxOMark camera test results.

The phone also drops the 3.5mm headphone jack, leaving only USB-C for charging, data, and audio. HTC U 11 will be available in five colour options - unbelievable silver, sapphire blue, brilliant black, ice white and solar red.

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The smartphone is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with 6GB or 4GB RAM. The bumper of the phone is pressure sensitive and this is referred to in the launch today as "Edge Sense".

The phone will also come with Alexa integration as well as Google Assistant, although it's not clear why both are enabled on the phone, rather than just one.

Of course, the new HTC U11 will not be complete without new optics.

There's a stunning 5.5-inch Quad HD 2K display and a Liquid Surface design which adds some bling to the phone. All of these software tweaks have been made in line with Android 7.1 Nougat, which powers the phone out of the box.

"Instead, the first two U-series phones were meant to introduce the sleek, glossy glass design that will permeate the rest of the company's product line soon enough", says Engadget. Pricing is on-par with other flagship smartphones, at $29 per month for 24 months ($696 total). The smartphone is also Hi-Res Audio certified and comes with a similar BoomSound Hi-Fi setup like the HTC 10. Selfie fans are also well catered for, with a 16MP front camera. From previous leaks we also know that there will be a 12 megapixel camera on the back and 16 megapixel on the front.

HTC U11 will be available in five colours including Solar Red, Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black, Ice White and Sapphire Blue and will be released in some markets this week, while others will get it in June.

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