Taiwanese brand HTC has finally unveiled the company’s flagship device of this year dubbed as HTC U11. The phone was leaked numerous times prior to its launch revealing the Edge Sense technology and few other claims. Well, HTC has finally put an end to all those rumours by unveiled the device. It’s an addition to HTC U-series lineup launched earlier this year featuring U Play and U Ultra.
As claimed earlier, the HTC has introduced the much awaited Edge Sense technology which lets you squeeze your phone to execute some specific actions. It lets users scroll and navigate between apps and even take selfies just by rubbing on the edges. Swiping the touch-sensitive right edge summons voice assistant to give any command while swiping the same spot inside the music app changes the volume. In a similar way, the same spot act as a camera controller while inside the photography app.
The HTC U11 runs Android 7.1 Nougat with Sense UI 9.0 on top. The phone also comes up with Sense Companion introduced with U Ultra earlier this year. Sense Companion is HTC’s own in-house developed an AI-based system which will work independently of Google’s voice assistant to give you suggestions based on your device usage pattern. The phone will also come with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa depending upon the geographical markets.
Specs wise, the HTC U11 puts on a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 display panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The display further gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. Under the hood, the phone is powered by the Qualcomm’s this year flagship chipset Snapdragon 835. It comes in two different variants of storage and RAM – one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage and another one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. It is being said that the US market will only get the base model whereas the international markets including India will get the 6GB RAM model too.
For photography, the HTC U11 sports a 12-megapixel Ultra Pixel primary camera with 1.4 micron pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, a dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording. The phone also support 1080p Slo-Mo video recording @ 120fps. Up front, the phone flaunts a high-res 16-megapixel snapper for video calling and selfies. It records 1080p videos and also features Selfie Panorama mode.
For connectivity, the phone gets USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, NFC, and GPS. Sadly, it lacks the 3.5mm audio jack. The phone comes in both single and Dual SIM iterations with 4G VoLTE support. It draws its power from a 3,000mAh battery backed with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 to fill the tank quickly. It also has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button.
Most importantly, the phone also comes with IP67 certifications for water and dust resistance. It will go on sale worldwide sale starting this month and comes in five colour options – Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red. There are also speculations of phone launching in India in the next month. The global pricing of the device is $835 (Rs 53,400).