Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Technology | By Kate Woods

HTC U 11 Hands-On Video Appears Online a Day Before Official Announcement

HTC U 11 Hands-On Video Appears Online a Day Before Official Announcement

The handset will also come with Android 71. Besides this, the smartphone comes with the company's own HTC Sense Companion. It sports a 5.5-inch Super LCD 5 display with Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution and is protected by a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The HTC U 11 carries the same design language as the other HTC U series phones.

Back in April, a source revealed that the HTC U 11 would come in five color options: white, black, blue, red, and silver, depending on the market. Whichever category you belong in, DxO has announced a new champion today: HTC's brand-new flagship, the U11. The device reportedly can be fully charged in less than 30 minutes.

Under the hood, the HTC U11 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, the same chipset that's in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

You can also get a version with 6GB of RAM instead of the usual 4GB (matching the HTC 10), but this isn't available in the United Kingdom either.

Some regions, most likely in Asia, will have a 6GB RAM/128GB dual-SIM variant. It is backed by a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 tech. But does the HTC U11 live up to that legacy? HTC boasts that the 12-megapixel camera on the upcoming flagship has a DxOMark score of 90, the highest DxOMark score ever - beating Google Pixel's score of 89. HTC has only recently started fortifying its phones with comparable levels of protection from the elements and the U11 enjoys some of the most robust in the company's history, with IP67 certification. The camera can record 4K videos and slow motion video in 1080p at 120 fps. There is a 16MP front-facing camera with 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Camera features include Face Detection, Pro mode with manual control, 32-second long exposure, and RAW format support, HDR Boost, Panorama, and Hyperlapse. On the software front, the smartphone runs run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box, with the HTC Sense UI on top. The Edge Sense also supports Amazon Alexa but only in the U.S., United Kingdom and Germany regions. As such, the U11 also offers Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant, with HTC describing it as an "equal-class citizen" on the phone.

Aside from the obvious operating system differences, the biggest difference between the iPhone 7 and HTC U11 is arguably the screen size, with the iPhone 7 being something of a compact phone compared to most, while the HTC U11 verges on phablet size.

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There are two really exciting features packaged into the HTC U11, first is an interesting squeezable edge, second is that fact it supports more than one AI virtual assisant.

For instance, if you're in the camera app, you can squeeze the sides gently to take a photo.

The coolest thing? If your grip is a little limp, or if you possess Hulk-like handshakes, Edge Sense can be calibrated to the strength of your squeeze.

While initial reports - including one from VentureBeat - had suggested that the HTC U11 (debuting tomorrow, May 16) would feature a touch-sensitive frame thanks to a widely-seen concept video (shown below), that functionality is absent from the final product.

HTC will also ship the USB-C to 3.5 mm headset adapter with the HTC U11 for free.

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