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

The Taiwanese tech firm says it wants to change the way people use their smartphones and the HTC U 11 includes sensors in the side of the device which allows it to perform tasks, such as taking a photo, simply by squeezing it.

The iPhone relies on its own native assistant, Siri, which is regarded by some as more limited in comparison to Google and Amazon’s creations.

Now that it’s official, what do you think of the HTC U11?

What makes HTC’s U11 stand out from the competition is its new HTC Edge Sense technology, which gives the phone pressure-sensitive edges. It’s created to make it easier to do basic tasks single-handedly, and given the U11’s expanded display dimensions, any assistance when using the phone with one hand is appreciated. Like the U Ultra the U 11 has curved glass on the front and back and once again there is no headphone jack.

But this phone is much more than just a quirky, gimmicky shortcut feature.

The handset will also feature HTC’s BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition sound technology, and USonic with Active Noise Cancellation. Like in the case of its predecessor, don’t expect to find a 3.5mm headphone jack onboard, but HTC is also offering a Type-C-3.5mm adapter (with a built-in DAC).

The rest of the U11’s spec sheet reads like any other you’d expect for a high-end Android smartphone in mid-2017. It is said to be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card).

There’s a stunning 5.5-inch Quad HD 2K display and a Liquid Surface design which adds some bling to the phone.

The U11 comes with not one, but three different intelligent assistants. Furthermore, HTC is going beyond squeezing as the feature also enables Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The screen has “edge sense” a software feature where users can squeeze the bottom half of the screen to launch apps and take photos one-handed. However, only two functions can be set at a time.

HTC says the U 11 region-specific availability will commence next week and the full distribution will take place by June. The U11 will run Sprint customers $0 down and $29 per month for 24 months (or $696 retail). Unfortunately, it’s expensive and not available at most carriers (Sprint exclusive), so even if it does sound like a victor, I’m not sure how many of you are going to seriously consider it. Well, the HTC U11 is the flagship in question and it has now been confirmed. The HTC Sense Companion is a smart assistant that will help enhance performance learning from past usage.

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