HTC sets mid-June for its U11 India lift-off

HTC sets mid-June for its U11 India lift-off

HTC is shaking up how you interact with your smartphone with the launch of its new squeezable HTC U11 flagship on Tuesday.

The HTC U 11, as rumoured before, comes with a 5.5-inch QHD (2560×1440 pixels) Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating.

As it is appropriate for a true flagship, the HTC U11 uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, paired up with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for the U.S., while some markets will also get to choose the version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Edge Sense in U 11 lets users squeeze the the smartphone to perform specific tasks such as clicking pictures, typing quickly or opening Gmail.

HTC U 11 had a 12-megapixeled rear camera with BSI (Back Side Illuminated) sensor and 1.7 aperture.

However, the new HTC U11 also comes with other interesting features which we will discuss below. The HTC U11 follows the footsteps of the U Ultra and ditches the 3.5mm headphone and instead comes bundled wit HTC USonic USB-C earphones with improvised noise control feature.

It will be offered in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red color options. If you manage to checkout from HTC's own US -based website when entering the code, the total price of the smartphone will be reduced from $649 to $599 (as shown in the image below). The video claims the HTC U 11 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC under the hood, paired with 6GB of RAM.

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The struggling Taiwanese phonemaker needs to convince consumers with this new phone, which, while innovative, does not incorporate the very popular edge-to-edge screen technology. From the outside, the phone looks almost identical to that of the HTC U Ultra, with a super-glossy mirror finish on the back in multiple colors.

The latest device sees HTC push artificial intelligence, with the inclusion of an "industry first" packing Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant into the software. HTC says that with this feature the audio levels are tied in with zoom-in functionality of the smartphone. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat and supports Bluetooth 4.2, connectivity.

The HTC U11 promises to deliver on camera performance as well.

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 HTC U11 also comes with a fingerprint sensor, camera-based face detection and a sensor hub for activity tracking.

HTC U11 will be available from June 9, however, if you're interested, you can preorder the phone.

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