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HTC U11: Is It Enough to Save HTC?

May 17th, 2017 | by Z. Gonzales

So HTC has released a new flagship model to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. The newest model called the U11 kind of looks a lot like the HTC U Ultra that was released a few months ago with its shiny mirror-like exteriors.

HTC U11

However, this time, HTC has put more powerful specs, so the phone (at the very least) can stand side by side its competitors in terms of performance and power. Having said this, the new HTC U11 packs the latest and greatest in smartphone components including a much faster processor, updated GPU and tons of RAM.

The phone also comes with BoomSound Hi-Fi edition and a special software feature called Edge Sense which enables users to launch specific apps or perform certain functions by squeezing the edges of the phone. It’s quite gimmicky if you ask me, especially since there’s not a lot of apps that make use of it as of the moment.

On plain paper, the HTC U11 has all the things you’d want in a top-tier phone. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen if all these improvements are enough to help the company stay relevant in the face of much larger brands in a super competitive industry.

For those who are interested with the U11, HTC plans to ship the phone next month with a retail price of around $649. You can check the rest of its specs below.

 

Dimensions 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight 169 g
Display Type Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen
Display Size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Display Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Primary Camera 12 MP, f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED
Camera Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps, HDR
Secondary Camera 16MP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Card slot Hybrid, dual-SIM
Operating System Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
Processor Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
Graphics Adreno 540
Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Internal, RAM 64 or 128 GB, 4-6 GB RAM
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
NFC Yes
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Battery Rating Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

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