As scheduled HTC at an event today unveiled its new smartphone HTC U11 and it looks like the company is yet again taking the smartphone innovation to a whole new level with this smartphone.
Built around a 5.5-inch QHD resolution (2560x1440) Super LCD 5 screen, protected by Gorilla Glass 5, the HTC U11 measures 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm and weighs 169g.
The "HTC Edge Sense" lets a user take photos, open Facebook or launch any app. It supports 4K video capturing, slow motion video capturing and 360-degree surround sound recording using all the handset's four microphones. While we are on the topic of the camera I might as well say that HTC uses a 12MP (HTC UltraPixel 3 with 1.4μm pixel) main camera with UltraSpeed Autofocus, a BSI sensor, OIS, and an ƒ/1.7 aperture.
The device also comes with 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB Type C, there is now 3.5mm headphone jack on the handset, but the device comes with a pair of USonic Noise Cancelling headphones and a 3.5mm headphone adapter, the handset comes with an IP67 rating.
Can the HTC U 11 match up to the Android-toting Samsung Galaxy S8 range? The device is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 coupled with a 4GB of RAM. But while TechCrunch refers to Edge Sense as "pretty silly", CNET notes HTC has discovered "an entirely new way to interact with a phone". From the outside, the phone looks almost identical to that of the HTC U Ultra, with a super-glossy mirror finish on the back in multiple colors. The device will come with inbuilt Google Assistant in some regions and in some other markets it will also feature Amazon Alexa. Thus HTC has worked hard on aspects of this smartphone which could differentiate it from Droids from other brands. A 3000mAh battery completes the package.
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"Instead, the first two U-series phones were meant to introduce the sleek, glossy glass design that will permeate the rest of the company's product line soon enough", says Engadget.
In fact, HTC cites DxOMark as saying it's the best mobile camera around, with a score of 90.
The front-facing "selfie" camera is 16 megapixels and can also be triggered by voice command.
"HTC U11's has a liquid glass surface and a 3D glass on both front and back and has a 5.5" Quad HD 3D glass screen. We can only comment on the practicality once we try it out, however. And the phone comes in five gorgeous, shimmering colors, including two impressive new hues - "amazing silver", which shifts between a sky blue and silvery gray, and the fiery "solar red", my personal favorite.