HTC's squeezable smartphone, release date, price and specs REVEALED

Randall Craig
May 17, 2017

Nigel Newby-House, the vice president of product planning for HTC America, says that the company hopes to introduce people to this new experience with the U11 and it will expand the Edge Sense features in the future once we're all used to gorilla gripping the sides of our phones to do things. Some non-US markets will receive the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.

The glass-cased device comes with a new feature called Edge Sense, which allows users to apply pressure to the sides of the phone to quickly launch various applications like the talk-to-text, email, camera, or virtual assistant functions.

In terms of audio, the U11 comes with BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers and 24-bit high-res audio as well as four microphones and acoustic focus for enhanced recording. Connectivity options include GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, USB 3.1 Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz & 5GHz), and NFC support. You can get the phone in five colors: fantastic silver, solar red, sapphire blue, ice white, and brilliant black.

The HTC U 11, the direct successor to 2016's HTC 10, comes with the "liquid design" of the U-Series that melds metal and glass to create a seamless design that's "both elegant to look at and to hold", says Mashable. That is a nice little trick for availing a decent discount on a phone that comes paired with Qualcomm's latest and greatest hardware plus 4GB of RAM. Now, the last video HTC released is quite odd, it compares HTC U11's Edge Sense feature to squeezing various objects, like sponges, balls, kiwi, lime, and so on. In addition to the headphones, HTC is including a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter for use with other headphones, which it didn't for the U Ultra.

Alexa will be one of three AI brains included in the device alongside HTC's own Sense Companion and Google Assistant.

HTC pushes the limit of smartphone technology with its new HTC U11. Power is from a 3000mAh internal battery promising up to 26 hours talktime on 3G/4G networks and the battery supports Quick Charge 3.0.

Setting aside this apparent time-saving gimmick, the HTC U11 is being launched in five colours and measures 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm, making it around 5mm shorter than the iPhone 7 Plus and 6mm shorter than the Samsung Galaxy 8 Plus.

Since it launched a year ago, Alexa and the Echo speaker have become hugely popular and including it on the U11 is a smart move from HTC. The front-facing camera will also let users take selfie panoramas. The front camera is a 16MP unit with UltraPixel mode, BSI sensor, 1080p recording, and more.

Coming to the Camera, HTC U11 gets a 12MP rear camera with multi-axis optical stabilisation system and UltraSpeed Autofocus. Blue, white, silver, red and black finishes will be available (depending upon region / carrier).

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