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HTC U11 first impression: Squeze it to get the juice

By: Sandeep Budki, The Mobile Indian, TaipeiLast updated May 16, 2017 12:48 pm

HTC U11 first impression: Squeze it to get the juice

HTC U 11 comes with a squeeze functionality - HTC Edge Sense
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In the last few months, we have been reporting about the lack of usable innovation in smartphones and it seemed everything was getting boiled just down to just specification.  HTC today, actually did something different with the launch of HTC U11. Yes, on specs  U11 is matching, and on some parameters doing even better than everyone else in the market, but this time round it has come up with an innovative feature that is usable and makes interaction with your smartphone a pleasurable task. We were at the HTC U11 launch had spent some time with the device and here is our first impression of the device.

HTC U11

 

But before we start here is a look at the specs:

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HTC U11 Specifications:

 Size: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm 1; Weight: 169g; Display: 5.5 inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440); Super LCD 5, 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5; Water, Dust-proof (IP LEVEL): IP67

 Operating system: Android™ 7.1 with HTC Sense

Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, 64-bit octa-core, up to 2.45GHz

Memory: 4GB RAM / 64GB storage; 6GB RAM / 128GB storage ( India); Expandable: microSD expansion supports additional memory cards up to 2TB with Flex Storage (optional cards not included)Rear

Camera: 12MP HTC UltraPixel 3 with 1.4μm pixel, UltraSpeed Autofocus, BSI sensor, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS),  f/1.7 aperture, Dual LED flash, 4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res stereo                                 recording, and Acoustic Focus

Front Camera: 16MP, BSI sensor, Live make-up, Auto Selfie, Selfie Panorama, Full HD 1080p video recording

Sound: HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation,  HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition, 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones

Network: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76, 4G LTE (up to 1Gbps, service dependent)

Battery: Capacity: 3000mAh, Quick Charge 3.0

 

What's different?

 

Apart from all the functionality that a normal smartphone is expected to bring on the table HTC U 11 comes with a squeeze functionality - HTC Edge Sense. One has to just squeeze the phone to initiate action like getting into the camera app, taking a picture or even opening up your favourite app like WhatsApp or email. One can even customise the squeeze gesture.  HTC Edge Sense gives you the ability to activate advanced touch and use a “short squeeze” as well as a “squeeze and hold” for even more functionality at your fingertips. Since Edge Sense is based on an actual pressure applied to the side of the device, it can be used in nearly any condition – including while wearing gloves or in weather such as snow or rain that would normally be a challenge with capacitive buttons.

HTC U11

 

Secondly, HTC didn't try to reinvent the wheel and used best assistants in the market to make like of its users simple. It has Google Assistant, the helpful personal assistant powered by Google search and services for finding directions, getting answers, managing your tasks, planning your day, and entertainment. In select market will also preload with Amazon Alexa as well.

 

HTC U11 also has the latest version of HTC USonic, which now combines Active Noise Cancellation with the ability to tune audio to your unique hearing. By leveraging built-in microphones on the headset and USB-C data connectivity, USonic earbuds map your inner ear with an advanced sonar-like technology and then adapt the sound profile to your unique biology. This creates a personal and optimised listening experience with audio shaped specifically for you. Active noise cancellation works in real time and depending on the nearby sound level constantly adjust to it.

 

In U11, HTC has ditched 3.5 mm audio jack but they have compensated it with Type c to 3.5 mm converter inside the box, which seems to be a decent move but the problem will at one time one can't charge as well listen to the music simultaneously.  Unless you use the Bluetooth headset.

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Verdict

HTC U11 seems to have great potential and if it priced appropriately. It may give sleepless nights to Samsung and Apple as it does provide an improved user experience and USEABLE functionality. Will share more information on performance in our detailed review.

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