QR.bizNewsHTC U11 is a new Android flagship that wants to be squeezed

HTC U11 is a new Android flagship that wants to be squeezed

It also sports IP67 water and dust resistance. With a score of 90, the HTC U11 just squeaked past the Google Pixel's DxOMark score of 89. Which brings us to the U11's main standout feature - the Edge Sense - basically a series of sensor implemented beneath the phone's metal edges.

Unveiled earlier today, the new U11 flagship smartphone from HTC comes with an unusual feature: the ability to control certain functions by squeezing the sides of the device.

There isn't a headphone jack present, but there is a Type-C USB to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter to help you attach your earphones or headphones, and is a nice little addition to the bundled accessories. To register a squeeze, you apply pressure to the sides of the phone.

The HTC U11, priced at $649, is the company's actual flagship phone. Just as with the HTC 10, these "Usonic" earphones are able to scan your ear canal and automatically tailor the audio profile appropriately so the sound isn't overly bassy or tinny.

The new seamless, curved look of HTC U11 is achieved with 3D glass on both front and back.

India price: The HTC U11 has been priced at $749 (about Rs. 48,000) in USA but at Euro 749 (about Rs. 53,000) in India, which is the same as U Ultra for the unlocked version.

Of course, the new HTC U11 will not be complete without new optics.

Users can pair Sense Companion with either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, says The Independent, or have all three of them activated at the same time. The exact actions triggered by a squeeze can be configured by the owner to suit his/her particular set of needs.

The HTC U11 features a 12MP UltraPixel 3-branded unit with 1.4 micron pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, a dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording.

The unlocked HTC U11 includes support for LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 41, and 66. That's a pretty sweet deal, since decent active noise-cancelling headphones can cost £100 or more. It is probably the first phone to have the Amazon's voice assistant which recently incurred free calling update among Echo speakers.

Unfortunately, we can't say we're especially pleased with HTC's deal.

How to buy it: The HTC U11 is available for pre-order HTC website in the USA and will be available in United States and Europe by the next week. What will be interesting is seeing how well Edge Sense works and if it's a "use everyday" kind of feature. Four of the HTC's colours - silver, blue, black and white - will be available in the United Kingdom when the phone launches in June and the red variation will come later this year.

Will you pre-order the HTC U11 now that you have found a way to get a decent $50 off your purchase?

Video Confirms HTC U11 Design, Showcases “Edge Sense” Squeezing Features

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