HTC unveiled earlier today their newest flagship phone, the HTC U 11. Unlike its predecessor, this device packs the latest SoC from Qualcomm and has a new UI called Edge Sense which allow users to squeeze the phone from its sides to perform actions like launching the camera or turning on the flashlight.
The HTC U11 packs the new Snapdragon 835 (included in the Galaxy S8), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSD support (up to 2TB), 12MP UltraPixel 3 rear camera, 16MP front camera, 3,00 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, 5.5-inch QHD display and Android 7.1 with HTC Sense atop of it.
HTC has done a nice job with the design. The phone looks sleek with the glass surface which comes in 3 colors: Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue and Silver.
One of my favorite things about HTC is the quality of the speakers of its phones. The HTC U11 is no exception. It packs a built-in DAC with HTC Boomsound and USB-C USonic noise-canceling earbubuds. This is where they win me as nuts as it sounds. Other manufacturers like Samsung are missing the mark when it comes to sound quality.
According to HTC, the U11 is the “first smartphone on the market to feature hands-free wake word access to Amazon Alexa.” So whether you like the Google assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, you won’t be disappointed here.
This is where it gets annoying. The HTC U11 will come to the US as a Sprint exclusive. Yep. However, there is an unlocked model as well which run you around $649 ($100 less than the S8). Pre-orders are now open at HTC.com with phones shipping sometimes in June.