At the beginning of the year, HTC announced the HTC U ultra and the HTC U Play. The U ultra didn’t receive much love. If you watch MKBHD, you remember the now almost famous poor-use-of-space phrase. But both devices were meant to pave way to their true flagship, the HTC U11.
The HTC U11 is supposedly the follow up to the HTC 10 from last year. And that’s why it is a serious phone.
The way we interact with phones has remained the same for quite a while. You either touch the screen with your finger or stylus. With some smartphones involving certain gestures for shortcuts. A different way we saw of interaction was with the Motorola devices where you shake the device to do certain things like light up the flashlight or open the camera app. But the HTC U11 is changing this.
The sides of the phone are sensitive. Pressure sensitive. And HTC is calling this Edge Sense. (Samsung aren’t happy I’m sure).
Being pressure sensitive means the user of the phone can get the phone to register certain responses based on the level of pressure applied to the sides while squeezing. And as at now one can squeeze the phone to either open the camera, take a photo or call up Google Assistant.
HTC says that they’ll launch an app in July that will make users enjoy the squeeze feature with any app on their phone.
But this isn’t just a gimmick added to another forgettable device. This is their 2017 flagship and as such it:
- Features a Unique Liquid Surface Finish (very beautiful)
- is All Glass
- IP67 certified
- Front Fingerprint scanner
- 16:9 Screen/Display Aspect ratio
HTC U11 Specifications:
- Display: 5.5 inch 2.5D curved LCD 5 display with Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels for 534ppi
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- RAM and Storage: 4GB/64GB or 6GB/128GB
- Rear Camera: 12MP f/1.7 with OIS
- Front Camera: 16MP f/2.0 with 150-degree wide-angle
- Expandable Storage: Yes
- Battery: 3000mAh
- USB: Type-C
- Android Version: Android 7 Nougat with HTC Sense