HTC recently announced its new flagship device, the U11 in Taiwan While the smartphone was announced in a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB memory configuration, there was news that some regions might get a high-end 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant. HTC hasn’t confirmed the list itself but according to a leak, a preliminary list of markets has been revealed, and yes India is on the list.
The HTC U11 6 GB / 128 GB variant will launch in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines. Some Middle East countries as well as African nations could also be added to the list. The variant will come only in a dual-SIM configuration.
The HTC U11 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. It will be offered in two storage and RAM variants, one with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage and another with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage. There is a 5.5-inch QHD Super LCD 5 panel, protected with Gorilla Glass 5. At the back you get a 12 MP UltraPixel 3-branded camera offering a 1.4 micron pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash. The camera can record 4K videos and slow motion video in 1080p at 120 fps. The front camera is a 16 MP unit which can record 1080p Full HD video, and click panoramic selfies. Other features include a USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, etc., but it misses out on the 3.5 mm audio jack.
The USP of the smartphone is a feature called Edge Sense. This feature allows a user to squeeze the phone to trigger various functions, like opening apps, taking a picture, opening the voice assistant, and so on. The magic happens in the smartphone’s frame where you can actually set the intensity of how hard you need to squeeze it in order to perform functions. It seems like a really innovative way to interact with a smartphone. We can only comment on the practicality once we try it out, however.
The U11 also comes with HTC’s new Sense Companion voice assistant which launched on the HTC U Ultra and U Play. It gives you suggestions based on your usage patterns. The handset will also feature Google Assistant, which makes sense considering that all new Nougat-based flagship smartphones are coming with the new AI system built-in. As an additional touch, HTC is offering Amazon Alexa as a third voice assistant option in certain regions.