HTC has officially unveiled their latest flagship, with the HTC U11.

 

The U11 has a 5.5-inch QHD Super LCD 5 Display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage with microSD card support, a 12-megapixel rear-facing UltraPixel 3 camera, the front-facing camera is 16-megapixels.

There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the front, a 3,000 mAh battery (with Quick Charge 3.0 support), HTC BoomSound speakers (& 3D audio recording, thanks to four microphones), IP67 water and dust resistance and is running Android 7.1 Nougat with HTC Sense.

Here’s the full specs:

  • Display
    • 5.5-inch QHD Super LCD 5 (2560×1440)
    • Gorilla Glass 5
  • Processor
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Memory 
    • 64GB of internal storage,
    • microSD card slot (up to 2TB)
    • 4GB of RAM
  • Software
    • Android 7.1 with HTC Sense
  • Battery
    • 3,000 mAh
    • Quick Charge 3.0 support
  • Water & dust resistance rating
    • IP67
  • Camera
    • Rear: 12MP UltraPixel 3 with 1.4um, f/1.7
    • Front: 16MP
  • Connectivity
    • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
    • NFC
    • Bluetooth 4.2
    • Stream media from phone to compatible Chromecast, DLNA, AirPlay or Miracast devices
    • 2G/2.5G- GSM/GPRS/EDGE
    • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • 3G UMTS
    • 900/850/AWS/1900/2100 (B8/B5/B4/B2/B1 with 900/850/AWS/1900/2100 diversity), HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
    • 4G LTE (up to 600Mbps download speed/with 2CA, 3CA Carrier Aggregation and 256 QAM, service dependent)
    • FDD: Bands B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/
      B13/B17/B20/B25/B26/B28/B66
    • TDD: Bands B41
    • with 2CA, 3CA, 4CA Carrier Aggregation
    • VoLTE,Wi-Fi Calling
    • Cat 16 LTE ready with 4x4MIMO, supports near 1Gbps download speeds and upload speeds of up to 75Mbps
  • Sound
    • HTC BoomSound
    • HTC USonic earbuds
  • Ports
    • USB Type-C (USB 3.1)
    • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Other
    • Edge Sensor (for Sense Edge)
    • Fingerprint sensor
    • NanoSIM
  • Size
    • 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm
    • 169g
  • Colour
    • Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black and Amazing Silver

More specs listed on HTC’s website

The U11 does not have a headphone jack, so a pair of USB Type-C earbuds (the HTC USonic Earbuds) are included in the box or you can connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones. A USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter with built-in DAC will also be included.

The headline feature of the HTC U11 is the Edge Sense in which the sides of the device are pressure sensitive. Meaning that to adjust things like volume, launch apps of the Google Assistant or even open the camera, you can do a short or long squeeze. It’s a interesting feature which I think not everyone is going to use.

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How Edge Sense works on the HTC U11, Source: FrAndroid

The device itself has a liquid glass surface and the back of the device is super shiny and reflective (and a big fingerprint magnet).

DxOMark rated the 12-megapixel rear-facing UltraPixel 3 camera on the HTC U11, a 90 which is the highest rating for a smartphone, even beating out the Google Pixel’s camera (which HTC manufactured for Google). There is also HDR Boost, to help you get better HDR photos withouth any camera lag, the camera also has UltraSpeed AutoFocus and optical & electronic image stabilization (the Google Pixel only had electronic).

A camera sample from the HTC U11

Since the U11 is running Andorid 7.1, it also brings along Google Assistant, the device also comes with Amazon Alexa which HTC says is “the first smartphone on the market to feature hands-free wake word for Amazon Alexa.” You’ll be able to say things like, “Alexa, what’s the weather?” or “Alexa, turn off bedroom light”.

One thing to note is that the Alexa support on the U11 will only be available in the US, UK and Germany (which is where Amazon’s Echo devices are currently available). So that means, Canadians won’t be getting Alexa support on the Canadian version of the U11, we may get Cortana support instead.

The unlock version of the U11 (which is the only version available in Canada) will support Rogers, Bell, Telus, Videotron, Eastlink, Sasktel, BellMTS, Freedom Mobile. The U11 also has support for Freedom Moblie’s Band 66 LTE network and supports VoLTE (voice-over LTE) and Wi-Fi calling.

The HTC U11 is available today for pre-order from HTC’s website for $899 CAD (or $649 USD) and is available in three colours, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black and Amazing Silver. The U11 will start shipping in early June.

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