March 20, 2018

HTC officially unveils the U11 flagship smartphone

17 May 2017, 02:23 | Ruben Fields

HTC U11: From 'Edge Sense' to 'Acoustic Zoom' here are 7 things you should know about the 'squeezable' phone

HTC U11 beats Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8 with highest DxOMark score

However HTC has definitely equipped one of the best cameras available in a smartphone today: DxOMark has confirmed it is now the highest scoring device tested with its imaging benchmarks.

Interestingly, it seems that HTC thought having one AI assistant is too mainstream so it made a decision to throw in Amazon's Alexa along with Google Assistant, although both can do the same thing.

The default setting upon first using Edge Sense is one short squeeze launches the camera, a second squeeze takes a photo.

The HTC U11 features a metallic frame that comes with an array of sensors at its bottom half. You can also customize how hard you need to squeeze in order to make something happen.

Edge Sense is limited to opening apps and assistants as of now, serving as a sort-of shortcut button and little else.

Even here, though, the U11 has a neat trick to pull out of the bag: Edge Sense.

In terms of technical specifications, the HTC U11 is in line with other high-end phones on the market.

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The U11's exclusive carrier partner for the U.S. is Sprint, but it will also be available unlocked for $649. A Beta version of the tool will be available from July 2017 and the software will be called Edge Sense Companion.

The "3D audio recording" on the U11 uses four microphones. Included is Google Assistant, like other Nougat phones, but HTC U11 will also include support for Amazon Alexa. The phone flaunts a 12MP UltraPixel3 rear camera with f / 1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, dual LED and a 16MP selfie shooter. It has 6-lens system on it.

This is no gimmick design aimed at attracting attention to a device like what LG did with their modular G5, this is technology which coupled with the voice activation, and artificial intelligence capability that this smartphone delivers creates a new benchmark for smartphone designers. It can support the slow-motion and 4K video recordings.

As with the recently released U Ultra, HTC's U11 eschews the 3.5mm headphone jack for USB-C. Once the phone determines where the user is positioned in relation to the phone, three mics are disabled and the nearest mic listens to commands. In addition, the headphones come with active noise canceling as standard. Thus it comes with liquid surface and metal unibody design.

Inside, the HTC 11 is powered with the latest octa-core Qualcomm flagship Snapdragon 835 partnered with the Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. While I cannot state whether or not pressure sensitive devices have a future, I can say that the "squeezable" feature of HTC's new U11 actually is useful.

Its measurements are 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm, and it weighs 169g. You can get the phone in five colors: incredible silver, solar red, sapphire blue, ice white, and brilliant black. HTC says that Alexa will be available in the US, UK, and Germany within 30 days of the U11's availability.

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