HTC’s upcoming flagship – the U 11 has been generating buzz around the industry for quite awhile now as the company continues to tease the unique “squeezable” design. The handset is confirmed to be launched on May 16th, however, as always, we have the majority of the hardware specifications already and today, another benchmark listing has further confirmed them.
The GFXBench entry suggests that the HTC U 11 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor clocked at 2.4Ghz, 4GB of RAM, Adreno 540 GPU, and 64GB internal storage which may or may not be expandable through an SD card (most probably, the latter considering the company is experimenting with the design). Although, there is a possibility of more storage variants.
On the front, the U 11 will feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 ) panel, hence, HTC isn’t yet hopping on the 2:1 aspect ration bandwagon. The camera arrangement will include a 12-megapixel rear shooter and a 16-megapixel front-facing lens. For the software, HTC will be bundling Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box with of course, their own custom skin on top of it. The handset was also recently leaked in a rendered video that revealed a shiny red colour variant and a rather straightforward exterior.
However, specifications definitely won’t be the key highlight of this phone, it will be the rather unconventional design HTC opted for. The U 11 will reportedly sport a series of edge sensors which will allow the device to react to various gestures (squeezes, if you may) and execute actions accordingly. I’m not particularly sure how effective these tweaks will be for HTC’s position in the smartphone market, although we do know for sure this phone launch will be significantly more critical as their earlier U series products failed to impress the crowd.