HTC wants you to squeeze its U11 smartphone to take selfies

HTC wants you to squeeze its U11 smartphone to take selfies

We can now add another phone to the list of 2017 flagships: the newly launched HTC U 11, offering some top-of-the-line specs and a new Edge Sense technology that lets you interact with the phone by squeezing the sides of the chassis. But going by the leaks that happened earlier, the smartphone is expected to feature either 4GB or 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage.

The glass-cased device comes with a new feature called Edge Sense, which allows users to apply pressure to the sides of the phone to quickly launch various applications like the talk-to-text, email, camera, or virtual assistant functions.

The U11 also contains four microphones for recording in 360 degrees, with an Acoustic Focus feature that can be targeted in a specific direction by zooming on the target in the video.

Another unique aspect of the new U11 is that it has a 16 megapixel selfie camera at the front. Besides, the smartphone offers 4G, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz)), NFC, HTC Connect for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to compatible multi-room audio systems, TVs, portable speakers and home entertainment systems, Streaming media from the phone to compatible AirPlay, Chromecast, DLNA, and Miracast devices.

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The U11 will arrive in United Kingdom later this year in five funky colours including Amazing Silver • Solar Red • Brilliant Black and Ice white.

The HTC U 11, the direct successor to 2016's HTC 10, comes with the "liquid design" of the U-Series that melds metal and glass to create a seamless design that's "both elegant to look at and to hold", says Mashable. HTC U11 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and comes in two storage variants.

The most interesting part of the video is likely the "Edge Sense" features, which HTC is hoping will act as a selling point for this device.

The similarities between the U11 and the U Ultra don't end with the finish either, as the new phone omits the headphone jack too.

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Along with being squeezable and having access to Alexa plus Google Assistant, the HTC U11 also packs a number of other flagship features inside its glossy shell. In 2016, they launched the HTC 10, which was a great smartphone but marginally behind the Samsung Galaxies and Google Pixels.

The smartphone is notable because got touch the frame Edge Sense.

HTC is boasting this new camera technology will mean every image taken on the U11 will be pin-sharp. The device runs on Android 7.1 Nougat. The HTC U11 will also be water and dust resistant, thanks to the IP67 certification.

There's a 16MP front-facing camera for those all important selfies, and a 12MP sensor camera on the back of the device, with ultra-speed autofocus. The rear camera can also shoot 4k videos.

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For those not on Team Yellow, an unlocked version of the HTC U11 in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, and Amazing Silver will be available for presale beginning today at htc.com and amazon.com, shipping in June.

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