It’s almost halfway through 2017 and with flagship launches from Samsung and LG already over it couldn’t be said that it’s the best time for a company like HTC with its mountain-like graph of smartphone success to launch a premium flagship to battle the already set doubts in the minds of people – Is HTC ever going to have such a device like the One M7 again ?
Let’s be straight, HTC has innovated in the smartphone realm a lot. However, it took a weird turn with the M9 which was almost corrected with the solid experience promised by the M10. Even though, the damage had been done and HTC had already lagged behind in sales. Come May of 2017 and here’s to the launch of the HTC U11 a direct successor to the M10 and a solid shift from the Metal bricked M series to the Glass finished glory of the U series.
|DISPLAY||5.5″ with Super LCD 5 topped with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|RESOLUTION||Quad HD (2560 x 1440) ~ 534 ppi|
|OS||Android 7.1 (Nougat)|
|CHIPSET||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU/GPU||Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) and Adreno 540|
|SIM||Single (Nano-SIM) or Dual (Nano-SIM, Dual Stand-by)|
|NETWORK||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|MEMORY||64/128 Gb ROM – 4/6 Gb RAM ( GLOBAL ) ( 64/4 Gb only for US )|
|MicroSD – upto 256 GB expandable storage|
|CAMERA||12 MP, f/1.7,Ultrapixel 3, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash — PRIMARY|
|16 MP — SECONDARY (front facing)|
|SOUND||Loudspeaker, Vibration enabled, Hi-Fi DAC (24-bit/192kHz audio)|
|BLUETOOTH||4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|USB||USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0|
|SENSORS||Fingerprint(front mounted), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery|
|COLORS||Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black, Icy White, Sapphire Blue, Solar Red|
A New Method to Interact – Squeeze
HTC has played a lot in the design and interactions department this year. First off, it has shifted from its usual metal brick body tendencies to a more vibrant “Liquid Glass Design”. Featuring 5 colors in total, the U 11 line up is filled with emotion and the glass design implies the connection made between a smartphone and jewelry. The sides are pressure sensitive rather than being touch sensitive, which opens up a whole world of interactions between the user and the phone. In cold weather with gloves on or even in the rain when you cannot interact with the display, the squeeze gesture can help you click that picture or even start an app ( maybe voice assistance even ! ).
As we talked about the rain so we gotta tell you ! Yes, the U11 is finally IP67 water & dust resistant bringing in the standard into its flagships much later than Samsung, Apple of even LG ( better late than never though !).
All in, with the highest rated smartphone camera ever, a beautiful looking liquid glass design and a new gesture that has potential to be more than just a gimmick ( * coughs * Bixby ) the HTC U11 is a solid comeback device for the company and seems like the M7 would be proud of its successor.