Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC on Tuesday launched its flagship smartphone HTC U11 at a global launch event in Taipei.
The HTC U11 is powered by Snapdragon 835 and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card.
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.
HTC U11 sports a 5.5-inch quad-HD display that is protected by IP67 water and dust resistant technology. The device reportedly can be fully charged in less than 30 minutes.
Under this all-glass shell is the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which is one of the fastest chips now on the market. Some other regions will get a 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant as well. Camera rating firm DxOMark rated the HTC U11's camera a 90, which is the highest mobile phone camera score that it's given out. Only in US, UK, and Germany.
The latest teaser about 360 "real-life" recording was an apparent reference to the 3D Audio Recording capability in the phone.
Other features include 12MP and 16MP main and front cameras, fast charging and HTC's audio technologies, USonic and BoomSound. Front camera features include live make-up, auto selfie, voice selfie, HDR Boost, and Selfie Panorama. The device runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat based Sense UI on top with HTC Sense Companion AI assistant on top. Also, in China HTC will be offering Baidu's DuerOS digital assistant. Furthermore, HTC is going beyond squeezing as the feature also enables Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. As for the availability, the handset wil be launched in selected markets next week.
Unfortunately, HTC doesn't have a South African presence anymore, so you'll want to import this one instead. Nigel Newby-House, the vice president of product planning for HTC America, says that the company hopes to introduce people to this new experience with the U11 and it will expand the Edge Sense features in the future once we're all used to gorilla gripping the sides of our phones to do things. The squeeze gestures can let you do multiple functions like take a photo, switch the camera, change music and so on. So it is easily customizable and users can choose and assign any app to the feature.
The most interesting part of the video is likely the "Edge Sense" features, which HTC is hoping will act as a selling point for this device.