After a series of leaks, HTC U11 has finally been launched on the eve of HTC’s 20th anniversary year. The focus has been on the “Squeeze” functionality that lets users squeeze the metal borders of the smartphone to access several features. The HTC U11 offers an impressive set of new features and touts a camera that boasts of an industry leading DXOMark score of 90.
The HTC U11 comes equipped with a 5.5-inch QHD display with dual pixel technology. The device is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 coupled with a 4GB of RAM. Storage options include 64GB of onboard storage with select regions getting 128GB.
HTC has baked in multiple digital assistants that can be woken up with the dual wake word technology. Until now users could use only one assistant at a time but the dual wake word will let users invoke either Alexa or Google Assistant. The feature will, however, be restricted to the UK, US and Germany. Apart from the Assistant and Alexa HTC has also fine-tuned their Sense companion. With the update, Sense will actively take a look at your calendar and remind you to charge the battery before heading out.
HTC U11 also joins the IP67 Bandwagon and is thus dust and water resistant. The optic arrangements include a 12-Megapixel sensor with faster auto focus, f1.7 and HDR Boost feature. The Acoustic focus is yet another new feature that HTC has introduced with the U11. What this feature does is that it automatically increased the audio associated with the video when one tries to zoom in thus simulating the real world scenario. The squeezable metal periphery can be programmed for any of your favorite apps and functions thus allowing one to access selected features without using the touchscreen.
HTC will also be launching an app that will let users configure the squeeze to any of the other third party apps without an update from the app publisher. Also, in China HTC will be offering Baidu’s DuerOS digital assistant. The HTC U11 follows the footsteps of the U Ultra and ditches the 3.5mm headphone and instead comes bundled wit HTC USonic USB-C earphones with improvised noise control feature. HTC U11 is also equipped with BoomSound speakers. The HTC U11 will go on sale next week and is priced at €749 (apprx.Rs 52,897) which is pretty impressive considering the features it offers.