Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

HTC launches new flagship smartphone U11

HTC launches new flagship smartphone U11

The verdict comes straight from the camera gurus at DxOMark and considering their benchmark status in ranking camera phones, well, the HTC U11 might just be off to a great start. The technology called Edge Sense, based around sensors built into the side of the device that respond to being squeezed. The fact that it beats the Google Pixel, one of the best camera phones and an industry leader until this day, gives HTC fans (and critics) a lot to look forward to in the days to come.

Unlike other new smartphones coming out this year, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 that launched earlier this year and the iPhone 8 set to come out sometime this fall, the HTC U11 features a more standard front screen with top and bottom bezels. It will be available starting next week in select markets but arrive in other markets, including India, by June. It has the usual competitive specifications for a flagship smartphone such as a 5.5-inch, Quad HD display, and Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM. It comes in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red. Unlike other touch-based smartphones, HTC Edge Sense technology works well when the phone is wet and if the user if wearing gloves and also supports voice dictation for messages.

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The device also has a choice of digital assistants: the HTC Sense Companion, as well as Google Assistant, and even Amazon Alexa in certain countries (the USA, the United Kingdom and Germany). For the front, you have a 16MP shooter with BSI sensor, Live make-up, Auto Selfie, Selfie Panorama and Full HD 1080p video recording. The device also has a choice of digital assistants: the HTC Sense Companion, as well as Google Assistant, and even Amazon Alexa in certain countries (the USA, the United Kingdom and Germany). It is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. It comes in 4GB/6GB RAM variants.

In terms of Connectivity, the device supports dual SIM dual standby using the (nano-SIM + nano-SIM) slot. The smartphone has supposed to house a 3,000mAh battery.

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HTC U11's camera also received praised for its "consistent performance" under different shooting conditions and its "good color rendering" that can reportedly be seen on its image outputs. It also has HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers and custom-tuned USonic earbuds that now include active noise cancellation; and four microphones for 3D recording.

The company touts that its new HTC U11 is "symmetrically slim from every angle" and its liquid glass surface is "crafted to impress".

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