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HTC U11 Now Official With Snapdragon 835 SoC & Edge Sense

HTC today unveiled its latest flagship Android smartphone, the U11. Succeeding the HTC 10 from last year, the new HTC U11 introduces the new Edge Sense feature. It basically allows users to interact with the phone by simply squeezing it. Some of the things that you can do with Edge Sense include launching apps, taking photos, and more.

As you would expect from a 2017 flagship smartphone, the HTC U11 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable internal memory. In some markets, the smartphone will also be available with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage.

The U11 sports a 5.5-inch Super LCD display with 1440 x 2560 Quad HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. At the back, the HTC U11 is equipped with a 12MP UltraPixel 3 camera that features 1.4 micron sized pixels, UltraSpeed autofocus tech, OIS, an f/1.7 aperture lens, and a dual-tone LED flash. Similar to the U Ultra, the new U11 too is capable of 3D audio recording thanks to 4 microphones. On the front is a 16MP resolution snapper with an f/2.0 aperture lens and 1080p video recording support.

Unfortunately, HTC’s new flagship isn’t an improvement over its previous flagships in the battery life department. You get the same 3000mAh capacity battery that does duty in the HTC 10 as well as the U Ultra. Fast charging is provided using the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard. Connectivity highlights include LTE Cat.16 with 4×4 MIMO (1 Gigabit download speeds), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, DLNA, AirPlay, Miracast, DisplayPort, and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port. The U11 runs Android 7.1 Nougat OS with the manufacturer’s HTC Sense skin on top.

In terms of build quality, the HTC U11 is similar to the U Ultra, with a liquid glass surface at the back and a metal frame in the middle. Color options on offer include Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Solar Red, and Amazing Silver. The U11 comes with an IP67 certification, making it the first global HTC flagship to be water and dust resistant. Other key features include HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition, USonic with Active Noise Cancellation, Hi-Res audio certification, HTC Connect, fingerprint sensor, and more.

Pre-orders for the U11 begin today in the US via Sprint, HTC’s online store, as well as Amazon. Sprint will be selling the U11 in Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black color options for $0 down and $29 monthly on a 2-year plan. Wider availability is slated for June 9. Those of you who place your pre-order soon will be eligible to get two Amazon Echo Dots free.

In other global markets, the HTC U11 will be available starting this month. In Europe, the smartphone will carry a 749 EUR price tag while in the UK it will cost 649 GBP.