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HTC introduces U11 flagship Android smartphone

HTC has introduced its U11 flagship Android smartphone that has “edge sense” – one can short or long squeeze the phone’s sides to initiate various actions.

HTC has long realised that there is only so much you can do with a “glass slab” so the U11 is  a glass slab — specification wise — with two additional features.

First, is the Edge Sense that will become a SDK to allow app developers to make context-sensitive use of it and second, is the HTC Sense companion that while still embryonic, will help the phone to become more useful in a way Google Assistant cannot.

The bottom half of the set is sensitive to pressure — not touch — and in its initial incarnation allows you to allocate actions to the short and long squeeze. Force levels are adjustable.

As for the glass slab, it has everything you could expect from a flagship and meets or exceeds iTWire’s paradigms for the same.

In launching the U11 HTC has adjusted the pricing of the 5.7” HTC U Ultra to $899 (think LG V20 competitor with a ticker screen) and the 5.2” HTC U Play to $649. These can also be found online for a little less – take care to buy the Australian version.

Specifications

  • Screen: 5 inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440), Super LCD 5, 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, eight core, 4 x 2.45GHz/4 x 1.9GHz
  • RAM/Storage/microSD: 4GB/64GB/up to 2TB OTG and micro-USB
  • Rear camera: 12MP, UltraPixel 3, 1.4μm pixel, f/1.7, dual OIS/EIS, dual LED, laser auto-focus, HDR, 4K record, acoustic focus
  • Front camera: 16MP, f/2.0, 150° panorama, HDR, HD record
  • Audio: HTC USonic with active noise cancellation earphones, HTC BoomSound, 3D audio record with four microphones, no 3.5mm audio (USB-3.5mm dongle/DAC included)
  • IP: IP67 will work when screen is wet and with gloves
  • LTE: Cat 16 1Gbps/75Mbps, bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41 with 2CA, 3CA, and 4CA, VolTE and Wi-Fi calling
  • Comms: Wi-Fi AC dual band, 2 x 2 MU-MIMO, Wi-Di, DLNA, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, fingerprint
  • Battery: 3000mAh, USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • OS; Android 7.1.1 with guaranteed update to 8.x
  • Additional: Always on voice commands, various motion launches, Sensor Hub. Supports Google Assistant and Amazon Echo (country dependent)
  • Colours: Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Sapphire Blue, Solar Red (not all available in Australia)

This article was under embargo until 5PM, 16 May, and will be updated as soon as possible with local pricing, website etc.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!