HTC U 11 smartphone with ‘squeezable’ bezels launched

NEW DELHI: HTC has finally launched its flagship smartphone for 2017, theHTC U 11. The handset is the third in the ‘U’ family. The other two smartphones that have been launched in the same series are the U Ultra and the U Play. The HTC U 11 will be available in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Solar Red and Ice White colour variants.
HTC says the U 11’s region-specific availability will commence next week and the full distribution will take place by June. It will come bundled with the USonic earbuds, 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter and a smartphone clear case.
The HTC U 11 sports a ‘Liquid Surface’ design with mirror-like reflection. The handset’s unibody design includes a mix of glass and metal and looks a lot like the HTC U Ultra.
The smartphone, as rumoured before, comes with a 5.5-inch QHD (2560×1440 pixels) LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass coating. The screen is also operational using gloves.
Running HTC Edge Sense user interface, the smartphone comes with 8 sensors on the side bezels to register the squeeze. These sensors are integrated with the Edge Sense and can be customised to launch any app. There is a dedicated settings option to customise the particular feature.
The HTC U 11 is also the company’s first to come with two digital assistants. The U 11 includes both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Besides this, the smartphone comes with it’s own HTC Sense Companion. The Alexa voice assistant will only be hitting US, UK and Germany for now.
The U 11 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. On the camera front, the device includes 12MP autofocus rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and Dual Pixel tech. The camera can record videos with 5-axis OIS and EIS technology for a stable shoot. It supports 4K video capturing with 360-degree surround sound recording using all the handset’s four microphones. Also talked about is the feature where the audio is focussed on the subject when zoomed. There is a 16MP front-facing camera with 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
Besides the HTC Boomsound powered speaker, the smartphone comes with UFS 2.1 storage for better read and write speeds.

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