Sometimes phones leak a little, and sometimes they leak a lot. The HTC U11 has fallen solidly in the latter category. There won’t be any more leaks now, though. The U11 is official, and you can pre-order one this very day. We already know a lot about the U11, including the existence of HTC’s squeezable Edge Sense. There are still a few surprises, though.
First, let’s do the spec thing.
|RAM||4GB (6GB in some markets)|
|Storage||64GB (128GB in some markets)|
|Display||5.5-inch 2560×1440 LCD|
|Camera||12MP rear, 16MP front|
|Software||Android 7.1 with Sense|
|Measurements||153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm, 169g|
The specs that were previously leaked are all looking legit. This phone will have a Snapdragon 835, whereas the U Ultra only had a SD821. There will also be 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. We in the US won’t get the version with 6GB/128GB, though. The exterior is still what HTC calls “Liquid Surface,” which is code for “shiny as hell.” It comes in blue, black or silver (the red and white colors won’t be sold stateside). And yes, it lacks a headphone jack, but the Type-C to 3.5mm adapter is included.
Edge Sense will let you trigger a number of functions. For example, you can launch the camera and take a photo without hitting any buttons—just hug your phone. Edge Sense is also tied into voice-to-text, so you can squeeze to transcribe your voice and reply to messages without laying a finger on the screen. App shortcuts can be bound to Edge Sense as well.
HTC has toyed with the definition of Boom Sound over the years, but the U11 seems at least somewhat more deserving of it. There will be two speakers: a tweeter at the top with a new acoustic chamber for better highs and mids, and a a woofer on the bottom with improved magnetic circuit design for more bass. HTC’s USonic sound software also has active noise canceling now.
The U11 will launch with Android 7.1 Nougat with HTC Sense. As an unexpected bonus, this phone will ship with both Google Assistant and Alexa. The Huawei Mate 9 was previously the only phone with Alexa built-in.
Source: HTC U11 US