If you think that the HTC U Ultra (announced earlier this year) is the only flagship device of this year. You’re wrong! The company has just announced its new flagship — the HTC U11.
Unlike the U Ultra, the U11 now has a smaller 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 display protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. However, it doesn’t have a secondary display on top. The phone still features the same “liquid glass surface” design language, and it is now IP67 water and dust resistance too.
The U11 features Edge Sense, a layer of interaction that allows users to “squeeze” the frame to launch specific apps. Additionally, the phone now comes with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which means you get two voice assistants in it.
Similar to the U Ultra, the U11 doesn’t have an audio jack as well. However, the company has announced a new USonic earphones, which now combines Active Noise Cancellation. The company has also improved BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers to deliver more loudness and better Dynamic Range Audio. And finally, it will also ship with an HTC USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with a built-in DAC.
Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB expandable storage. In terms of camera, it now packs a 12MP f/1.7 UltraPixel 3 camera (1.4μm pixel) with UltraSpeed autofocus and OIS. The 16MP front camera now combines with UltraPixel light sensitivity for better low-light selfies. Both rear and front cameras come with HDR Boost feature, shooting HDR images without any lags. The company claims that the U11 camera has achieved an incredible DxOMark 90 score, making it the highest rated smartphone ever in DxOMark history.
The HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with Sense UI. Besides Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, it also comes with Sense Companion, which will give suggestions based on things you do. Juicing up the device is a 3,000mAh, which also supports Quick Charge 3.0.
The HTC U11 will be available in five colors — Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Sapphire Blue, and Solar Red. According to HTC, the device is expected to launch in Malaysia in the second week of June 2017. The device will likely retail at the same price point as the HTC U Ultra Sapphire Glass Edition (RM2,999).