HTC unveils new flagship device U11 globally

HTC unveils new flagship device U11 globally

HTC unveils new flagship device U11 globally

While the HTC 10 is very much a metal-focused phone in design terms, the watchword with the U11's look is "glassy".

In fact, HTC cites DxOMark as saying it's the best mobile camera around, with a score of 90.

After being in the rumor mill for quite some time, the HTC U11 flagship was finally revealed today during a conference in Twain. Its body comes with what the company calls a "liquid glass" design that's been refined from the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play.

The HTC U11 will sell from June for a recommend price of Euro 749 in a choice of blue, silver or black.

HTC's latest flagship also has the highest specification front-facing selfie camera, at 16 megapixels, compared to seven megapixels on the iPhone 7 and eight for the S8. This means that HTC's 2017 flagship should survive being submerged under 1 meter of water for 30 minutes before it obtains any permanent damage. It runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4 GB memory and 64 GB internal storage, as well as comes with a microSD memory card slot and 3,300 mAh battery. This sleek new smartphone will be available shortly in 4GB RAM / 64GB storage configurations for £649 / $649. Dual SIM flavors work on 850/900/1900/2100 MHz networks and HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76.

So there's the HTC U11.

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Speaking of US customers, HTC said it has partnered with Sprint as its exclusive stateside launch partner.

Using Edge Sense in these early moments quickly brings you in contact with Google Assistant, and since it is an Android device this makes sense.

For example, Chang demonstrated how squeezing the U11 could activate either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. As for the availability, the handset wil be launched in selected markets next week.

The default setting upon first using Edge Sense is one short squeeze launches the camera, a second squeeze takes a photo. The full extent of Alexa's capabilities is unclear, but HTC indicated users will be able to control smart home products, ask for news, weather, and music, and utilize some of the other 12,000 tools available in the Alexa skill store.

The HTC U Ultra comes in dual SIM and single SIM versions with both operating on 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks.

One feature you may have noticed is missing from that list is a 3.5mm headphone jack, and that's intentional, because there are none of them to be found on the HTC U11. HTC says that the level of force can also be adjusted.

If you're not a Sprint customer, you can buy the HTC U11 unlocked from HTC.com and Amazon, with pre-orders starting today and and units shipping in June.

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