HTC has finally unveiled its unique flagship HTC U11 smartphone at its event in Taiwan. The smartphone comes with the Edge Sense feature bringing a completely new category of interaction with the smartphone. The HTC U11 will be made available in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red colour options, and will launch worldwide from this month, with some markets getting it next week, and others in June. Pricing in Europe starts from EUR 749 (roughly Rs. 53,000) and in the US it’s $749 (roughly Rs. 48,000), where it’s up for pre-order.
The HTC U11’s other big highlights are the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, its liquid surface design, and multiple AI assistants. Talking about the HTC Edge Sense feature, it lets you launch the camera, and send texts. You can customise the squeeze gesture to open email, and even launch your favourite app or game. When users activate advanced touch mode, they can use a “short squeeze” as well as a “squeeze and hold” for even more functionality at your fingertips. It works while wearing gloves as well, as Edge Sense is based on actual pressure applied to the side of the device.
As for specifications, the HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the company’s HTC Sense skin on top, and supports dual-SIM cards (Nano-SIM). It features a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. As mentioned, it is powered by the 2.45GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. There are two storage and memory variant – 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage. Only the latter variant is coming to India. The HTC U11 also offers storage expansion via a microSD card slot (up to 2TB). a 3.5mm audio jack to USB Type-C adapter.