First impressions holding the HTC U11 is that it is a very “shiny” device. You’ve got five colours available with different colours in different markets, but again, the first thing you’ll notice on the HTC U11, is how shiny it is and how much the colours really pop-out – be it the red, the blue, the white, the black… it doesn’t matter. It really stands out.
So let’s go over the specs. Powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor, it comes with 4gb of ram and 64gb of storage and a 5.5” qHD display, so you’ve got the basic specs you expect from a top-tier smartphone. There’s also a standard 12 megapixel ultra pixel rear camera with 1.7 aperture. The front facing camera is 16mp with a f-22 aperture, so it should give you better selfies than most phones. It also has IP-67 range so it’s water-resistant, but back to its functionalities, it has a cool feature called Edge Sense:
With Edge Sense you can squeeze the phone for direct access to some of its key features. For example, by applying a long squeeze on the side of the phone, it opens up Google Assistant, while applying a short squeeze will power up the camera and take photos by squeezing it again. A convenient feat which adds more functionality to a phone and saves you the time of typing in your security code to access the phone, etc.
This Edge Sense functionality can also be used on the keyboard, as a short squeeze while using the keyboard will switch from it into microphone mode, so you can dictate and put down notes as well…
You can customise the Edge Sense on the HTC U11 whichever way you want, giving you more ability to set short or long presses for applications down the line.
A couple of other interesting features include the the BoomSound stereo speakers built-in, it also has the new ultrasonic active noise cancelation, where it tunes the headphones for you, but also gives you active noise cancellation, which ever phones you plug in through the USB type-c port. That’s the only jack, there is no headphone jack… it does come with a dongle but it means that whatever headphones you, it actually gives you active noise cancelation!
The HTC U11 also has Alexa Integration, which mean that you activate Alexa via voice or by squeezing the side of the handset. Overall, it looks like a very interesting device with the new Edge Sense functionality but only time will tell if people pick up on it or not. What do you guys think? Sneak peak below.