HTC’s upcoming flagship, the U11 is finally here in all its glory. And, with the several industry firsts that it brings along, the U11 is turning out to be a mighty interesting handset.
However, if the device looks familiar, blame it on the HTC U Play or the HTC U that we have already been treated with. That said, the device still manages to look fresh, much of it has to do in the manner the display is attached to the main body. It is markedly raised, which together with its rounded edges looks almost the same as the display on the Apple Watch.
HTC U11 Design
The front looks though is more conventional than anything groundbreaking. The side bezels are at their thinnest for sure though the same at the top and bottom remains quite pronounced going by what the Galaxy S8 or LG G6 have come up with.
The rear again sports a glossy finish, which gets extended along the edges as well. However, the edges will be unlike any other as those will allow for tactile feedback, something that HTC refers to as Edge Sense. This should allow you to launch specific apps or functionality just by squeezing designated spots along the edges, thereby allowing for enhanced user experience.
HTC also revealed they are working on an Edge Sense app that third party developers can make good use of to allow for unheard levels of interactivity with the device. Currently, the feature allows one to take photos, turning the flashlight on or calling upon Google Assistant and such. HTC is claiming the feature is equally responsive even when invoked wearing gloves, provided you apply the same amount of pressure each time.
HTC U11 Specs
Internal specs are again flagship stuff, with a Snapdragon 835 chip providing the processing punch. Aiding in that is Adreno 540 GPU for graphics processing along with 4/6 GB RAM and 64/128 gigs of storage. The latter again can be further enhanced to 2 TB using microSD cards. It will have a 5.5-inch Quad-HD front display and misses out on the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The U11 also carries a 3,0000mAh battery while an UltraPixel 3 with 12MP sensor serves as the primary cam. A 16-megapixel camera at the front will suffice for selfie shots. Worth mentioning, the handset returned DxO Mark score of 90, which is the highest for any smartphone so far. Another unique aspect of the U11 is that it comes with three digital assistant – Google Assistant, Alexa and HTC’s very own Sense Companion.
HTC U11 Price
On the whole, the new U11 does look an impressive and promising piece of hardware. However, sans for the pressure sensitive Edge Sense technology, the U11 does not bring anything new and innovative. Fortunately, the device has been priced at a quite competitive $649, which is about 200 grand less than the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Whether the U11 is able to squeeze HTC out of the hole it has been steadily sliding into for some time remains to be seen though.