HTC U11 “The Squeezable Phone” launched in India, priced at ₹51,990
HTC launched its 2017 flagship device (a.k.a. HTC U11) in New Delhi today, a month after the global launch. HTC calls it ‘Squeezable phone’ as it has new squeeze technology “HTC Edge sense”. The U11 also comes with HTC’s new sonar-based audio system — called U-Sonic.
“We are proud to present our flagship smartphone – HTC U11 which showcases HTC’s power of innovation by bringing to discerning customers pioneering technologies that are game-changers in the industry and reflect our strong focus on R&D and Design. HTC U11 comes equipped with unique features like Edge Sense that opens the doors to a whole new world of phone interactions. We are particularly proud of the fact that the U11 camera has achieved an incredible DxOMark 90 score, making it the highest rated smartphone ever in DxOMark history also making it the #1 smartphone camera on the market today. We are confident that the HTC U11 will set new industry standards.” — Mr. Faisal Siddiqui, President South Asia, HTC
In terms of design, HTC U11 comes with the same 3D Liquid Surface design that we saw on the HTC U Ultra Play. This device comes in blue, black, red and silver color variants and the overall finish is gloss. The dimensions of the HTC U11 are 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm. Coming over to the front, we have a 5.5 inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution display. It is using the Super LCD 5 display with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the top. On the back, there is a 12MP camera, Dual LED flash and a microphone.
At the heart, it has Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8998 835 processor, which is a 64-bit octa-core one with up to 2.45 GHz clock speed. The RAM and storage variant mentioned is 4GB + 64GB and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. This one has a dual-SIM hybrid slot with microSD support, and the storage is expandable up to 2TB.
The U11 has a 12-megapixel rear camera with UltraPixel 3 technology and UltraSpeed Autofocus. It has the highest rated smartphone camera in the world with an incredible DxOMark 90 score. The 1/2.55-inch sensor is a little bigger than the usual and f/1.7 aperture boosts low-light performance. It has 1.4μm pixel size, BSI sensor, and OIS. HTC has added a Pro mode with manual control as well as RAW format support on this phone. The camera is capable of 4K recording with 3D Audio and Hi-Res audio as well. The front camera is 16MP with BSI sensor, live make-up, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie and HDR boost, along with support for 1080p video recording.
It also ships with what HTC calls Acoustic Focus, that allows users to “zoom in on the video to target your subject and amplify their specific sounds”.
It comes with Android 7.1 and it does not have a regular 3.5mm audio jack, instead it has a single USB Type-C out for charging, data syncing and high-res audio. HTC U-Sonic, however, works only with compatible USB-C headphones. The company ships one in the box. The headphones, besides supporting U-Sonic, also support active noise cancellation. The phone also ships with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm dongle in the box to connect regular headphones. It features Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou on board.
Coming over to Edge Sense, it enables a user to squeeze the phone to make the phone perform certain tasks. For example, the squeeze can be customized to open the camera app, email app, or a game, an email app, take a picture, activate any of the voice assistants. Essentially the ‘squeeze’ gesture can be customized by the user for whatever action they prefer. HTC’s Edge Sense can be used even with gloves on, and the phone will work fine.
The HTC U11 is priced at ₹51,990 for its 6GB RAM+128GB storage variant. You can pre-order HTC U11 on HTC e-store from 17th June and users availing the pre-order will receive a free HTC flip-cover worth ₹1,999. Users also have an option to avail 10% cash back on the MOP value of the phone using Standard Chartered Debit or Credit card. This offer is valid for a limited time period beginning 26th June.