HTC U 11 with Edge Sense and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 officially launched
May 16 2017 by Kate Woods
Teased early last month with the freakish tagline "Squeeze for the Brilliant", HTC's latest flagship set tongues wagging and overactive imaginations running over time. The phone comes packing the latest mobile hardware and is a serious upgrade over the HTC 10.
Aside from the obvious operating system differences, the biggest difference between the iPhone 7 and HTC U11 is arguably the screen size, with the iPhone 7 being something of a compact phone compared to most, while the HTC U11 verges on phablet size. On the one hand, you have HTC's former "M" champions, the last of which was the HTC 10 from a year ago. It also has the new Edge sense technology which the company claims is a new way of interacting with the smartphone. Samsung Galaxy S8, on the other hand, manages to give a distinct look with compact design coupled with Infinity Display. This frame will allow you to squeeze the sides of your device to perform various tasks. Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 platform is the first to support two wake word functions, and the U11 is the first phone to take advantage of this new feature. At the start of 2017, they released the HTC U Ultra, the first flagship phone for the year and now, they are back with another flagship phone the, HTC U11. Or both are true. The HTC U 11 includes support for MicroSD cards to help you expand on the internal storage. But the company plans to focus on the top 200 cities and branding in the top 100.
The HTC U11 may or may not turn out to be the best smartphone of 2017, but it's certainly the most intriguing so far.
The smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835chipset.
You can also get a version with 6GB of RAM instead of the usual 4GB (matching the HTC 10), but this isn't available in the United Kingdom either.
The HTC U11 packs a 5.5-inch screen, and measures 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm.
HTC has just announced their latest flagship smartphone HTC 11.
Instead of having speakers positioned at the edges of the phone as with earlier HTC top-end phones, the U 11 "makes use of the entire device as a resonating speaker chamber". It's a good thing that HTC also carried over the design and power of the U Ultra and took it up a notch.
Otherwise, the specifications look perfectly decent. Nougat, plus HTC sense and it will feature a 3000 mAh battery, USB C, WiFi, Bluetooth and 4G LTE. Any old headset will work, according to HTC, as the ANC functionality is built into the phone, not the headphones. However, if you go with Sprint you only have a choice of two colors: Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black. No particular date has been revealed by the company. Whenever a user records video, the audio is picked up by all four mics to provide sound that is more like surround sound for a more full and immersive experience. HTC's phones are known for their immersive sound, so it is possible that we will see 360 audio recording. The new U11 is expected to hit the United Kingdom sometime in June for around £649 SIM-free whilst the XZ Premium is hitting store imminently at that very same price point.
The $660 price tag puts the HTC U 11 a bit cheaper than the Galaxy S8, which is priced at $725, for an unlocked version.
When we originally reviewed the HTC 10, it sold for £569.99 - par for the course for a mid-2016 flagship.