HTC is also sticking to its guns on removing the 3.5mm headphone jack, but it is including an adapter in the box with active amplification. Here’s the low-down on what HTC’s new squeeze action will do. Is it enough to flip HTC’s fortunes? Think: bezel, lots of bezel.
The front camera doesn’t have optical stabilization, but HTC says that the electronics in charge of that. However, I loathe glass backs, and HTC’s “liquid surface” appears to be more glass than not. The smartphone comes in different colors including Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue, and Ice White. In fact, the solar red model looks incredible. Today’s announcement of the HTC U 11 was a little bit of both for me.
Unfortunately, the new phone lacks the headphone jack, so users have to opt for alternatives like Bluetooth or USB-C.
The HTC U11’s full specs are listed below. The U Ultra features a brand new build and design, strategic dual display, powerful cameras, 3D sound and fingerprint sensor. A QHD resolution paired with Super LCD5 technology leaves everything looking excellent head on and off angle. But HTC includes what it calls the edge sense on U11.
HTC’s Edge Sense is interesting in its own right.
Squeezing your phone to do things that you’re used to using a touchscreen for is an odd experience, and HTC is starting out slowly with this implementation. I played a couple of songs while using headsets and without them.
The pressure sensitive can be adjusted depending on your grip, and it works with other sensors to ensure your skinny jeans don’t squeeze it by mistake. This way you can be sure it isn’t too much of an effort to trigger Edge Sense actions and that you don’t trigger them by accident.
The Sense Companion, like on the HTC U Ultra will work in the background to provide use-related suggestions and updates like that on weather in the destination city or calendar reminders.
HTC U11 is also equipped with BoomSound speakers.
HTC has been talking about extending its sense UI to features that takes user stimulus from not just the touchscreen but even outside that. This will be through an add-on app available on 11 July. This means that you will be able to manually adjust how hard you have to squeeze the device to perform the tasks possible. Camera features include Face Detection, Pro mode with manual control, 32-second long exposure, and RAW format support, HDR Boost, Panorama, and Hyperlapse. The camera will automatically focus the source of the sound. Using it left me nothing short of impressed. But the HTC U11 comes fully IP68 certified; that means it’s been tested at a depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes, and came away unscathed.
More details regarding the smartphone’s hardware as well as pricing will be revealed tomorrow during the HTC media event that will be held simultaneously in New York, London, and Taipei. The front still has the larger 16 megapixel sensor pair with a 150-degree wide-angle lens. The Google Pixel and Galaxy S8 have wonderful cameras so I am not convinced that the HTC U11 can beat that, especially with the Google Pixel 2 launch coming later this year.
It plans to sell a high-end variant in India that will have 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage expandable up to 2 TB or above 2000 gigabyte with the help of an external memory card.
Only the HTC U11 will offer this function.
We’ve also got enhanced HTC USonic audio to look forward to, with noise cancellation technology.