Will you join me and agree that HTC is good?
They produce really cool and strong phones. I have had the opportunity to use one or two of their products and I must say, it was not disappointed.
Despite being among the bests, they still suffer one thing, they lack sales.
After so many leaks have been hinted about the latest HTC flagship phone, it is now official, and was finally called HTC U11.
I can still remember earlier this year, when I published my post on 12 New Best smartphones to look forward to in 2017. The HTC U11 was listed as the No. 3 after Samsung Galaxy S8 and before OnePlus 4.
One feature that makes this phone special and unique is the Edge Sense. This feature lets you squeeze the phone in order to execute specific actions. Example, when enabled, you can snap a photo just by squeezing the U11’s frame. You can customize how hard you need to squeeze to make something happen.
An app known as Sense Companion, which was first released for the U Ultra will also be available for the U11 too. With this app you can give suggestions based on what you do and your use of the device. As you’d expect from an Android smartphone in 2017, the U11 launches with Google Assistant built-in (where available). In some markets the handset will also come with Amazon Alexa in certain markets, so you’ll have plenty of choice with your digital assistant.
The HTC U11 launches with Google Assistant built-in (where available). The smartphone will also come with Amazon Alexa in certain markets, so you’ll have plenty of choice with your digital assistant.
The smartphone also comes with the U11’s “3D audio recording” capabilities, powered by 4 microphones. While we’re on the subject of audio features, the handset is Hi-Res Audio certified, and comes with BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition, just like in the HTC 10 – this means that the earpiece acts as one speaker, set up as a tweeter, while the speaker on the bottom takes care of the bass.
While we’re on the subject of audio features, the handset is Hi-Res Audio certified, and comes with BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition, just like in the HTC 10 – this means that the earpiece acts as one speaker, set up as a tweeter, while the speaker on the bottom takes care of the bass. WOW!
Here is the fun part of this phone, the HTC U11 is powered by the new Snapdragon 835 chipset as you’d expect from a flagship these days. It is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage in the US, while some international markets will also get a version with 6GB/128GB.
The screen is a 5.5-inch QHD Super LCD 5 panel, with Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The main camera is a 12 MP UltraPixel 3-branded unit with 1.4 micron pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, a dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording. Slow motion video can be captured in 1080p at 120fps.
The selfie snapper is higher-res, interestingly, coming in at 16 MP. It records 1080p Full HD video, and has a Selfie Panorama mode. The HTC U11 has a USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou on board, but the 3.5mm headset jack is gone. The handset will come in single-SIM and dual-SIM iterations, with the former having support for 1Gbps 4G LTE, while the latter will only go up to 800Mbps (though note that speeds will be fully dependent on your carrier).
The phone has a 3,000 mAh battery, which supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 as well as two different power saving modes.
The U11’s measurements are 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm, and it weighs 169g. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat with HTC Sense.
To conclude the features of this feature ladened phone, it comes with IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. That means it’s dust tight and can withstand being immersed in up to 1m of water for at least 30 minutes. It has a glass back too, and its various color versions use that to reflect light in very interesting ways depending on the angle at which it hits.
It has a glass back too, and its various color versions namely, Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red and like other HTC smartphones in the HTC U-family, it reflects light depending on the angle at which the light hits.
The HTC U11 will be available worldwide from May 2017 onward. Global pricing is set at €749/£649.
In the US the HTC U11 will be available via Sprint in Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black for $0 down and $29/month for two years. Pre-orders began on 16th May 2017 and the actual stock is coming June 9.
Early pre-orders will also get two Amazon Echo Dots for free.
Additionally, an unlocked version in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, and Amazing Silver will be available for pre-sale starting on 16th May 2017 via HTC itself and Amazon.
Launch date is June 9th and price is $649.