HTC puts pressure-sensitive edges on new U11 smartphone

Posted May 18, 2017

According to camera gurus, the HTC U11 camera scored 90 at DxoMark, making it the highest ever rated on the website.

Unlike other touch screen functions that require an actual finger on the display, HTC said Edge Sense is dependent only on the pressure applied. In this case, HTC is showing off HTC U11's "Edge Sense" functionality, which lets you squeeze the phone's frame in order to capture an image, video or sound, for example.

The successor of the HTC 10 is quite powerful than expected.

The bottom of the phone is home to a USB Type-C port that'll serve double duty as your charging port and your headphone jack, because there's no 3.5mm headphone jack to be found here. So now instead of tapping on the screen, you just need to squeeze the phone to execute specific actions.

We had a sit down with HTC to go hands-on with the U 11 ahead of its official unveiling today and came away pretty impressed.

For several weeks, HTC was pleased to teaser his new flagship. Its promotional materials, published around the phone's launch, say it is possible to take photos with the 12MP rear camera and 16MP front camera; launch a text message with a squeeze, and use the phone's voice recognition to send messages. In fact, HTC is claiming the HTC U11 offers up to 45% better battery life than the HTC 10, and that's despite the fact that the phone has the same size battery as its predecessor at 3,000mAh. With the U11, HTC has changed course, aiming to win over buyers by adding a completely different interaction method. The devices had a striking look to them, solidly impressive technical specs and a suite of promising new software features. The phone is certainly a high-end device on paper, and it's got some unique features that could help it to stand out, like support for both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and its Edge Sense feature. In addition, the headphones come with active noise canceling as standard. The Phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and HTC Companion all on the same device.

Unfortunately, we can't say we're especially pleased with HTC's deal.

HTC has named Sprint the exclusive launch partner for the U11 in the US. Temporal Noise Reduction feature automatically uses information from the previous and next frames to remove noise while shooting videos. HTC U11 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and comes in two storage variants. It'll be fairly affordable, at $29/mo for 24 months, and those who preorder will get a pair of Amazon Echo Dot units too.

HTC U11 will be available in five colours including Solar Red, Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black, Ice White and Sapphire Blue.