HTC U11 official, now available for pre-order

Posted May 18, 2017

The device is rated IP68, which means it is dust- and water-resistant. With a score of 90, the HTC U11 just squeaked past the Google Pixel's DxOMark score of 89. HTC allows you to adjust the amount pressure required to trigger Edge Sense, though right now there's no support for more advanced interactions using the sensors.

The Phone will reportedly come with special feature called "Edge Sense" on either side of the display.

The default setting upon first using Edge Sense is one short squeeze launches the camera, a second squeeze takes a photo. However, what HTC has done is added a sound chamber under the screen so the whole phone should sound like massive speaker.

HTC has carried over the HTC U's Liquid Metal design and lack of 3.5mm headphone jacks to its latest flagship. To register a squeeze, you apply pressure to the sides of the phone.

HTC has unveiled a new flagship smartphone combining revolutionary new squeeze interaction with stunning liquid surface design, intelligent personal audio, incredible cameras and multiple AI assistants.

The phone also ships with very cool new earbuds that include active noise cancellation, but you don't need to charge them.

The HTC U11 also comes with a fingerprint sensor, camera-based face detection, and a sensor hub for activity tracking. Now that voice-controlled virtual assistants are so popular, how can HTC ensure that the experience is always a good one?

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India price: The HTC U11 has been priced at $749 (about Rs. 48,000) in United States but at Euro 749 (about Rs. 53,000) in India, which is the same as U Ultra for the unlocked version.

In addition to the Google Assistant that comes with Android, it also has HTC's Sense Companion and support for Amazon's Alexa assistant. Mobile Scout reported the handset offers 12.2MP Sony IMX362 lens on the rear with dual tone LED flash and f/1.7 aperture.

For example, Chang demonstrated how squeezing the U11 could activate either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

From a design perspective, the HTC U11 looks similar to the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra phones launched at CES at the beginning of the year. "Before, it was a hassle to reach these features, but we simplified it into a single motion", HTC says.

Spec-wise, it's packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and a crisp 5.5-inch 1440p display. But it is cunningly used in video to focus on audio from a subject when you zoom-in on him.

For those not on Team Yellow, an unlocked version of the HTC U11 in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, and Amazing Silver will be available for presale beginning today at htc.com and amazon.com, shipping in June.

Will you pre-order the HTC U11 now that you have found a way to get a decent $50 off your purchase?