HTC announces its squeezable U11 flagship phone

By Jos ยท 11 replies
May 16, 2017
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  1. HTC has officially announced its new flagship smartphone, the HTC U11. The successor to last year’s HTC 10 features a 5.5-inch, Quad HD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, and new glass and metal design. But its marquee feature is something the company calls Edge Sense, which enables a new way to interact with your phone by letting you squeeze the sides of the device to perform different functions.

    The feature uses sensors built into the sides of the phone, just below the volume and power keys, to detect pressure as the user squeezes the phone. The phone doesn’t actually squeeze of course, but you’ll see an on screen cue as visual feedback that you’re activating the feature. Users can configure all kinds of actions — launching an app or a function within an app — triggered by either short or long squeezes.

    It sounds gimmicky — and probably is — but HTC isn’t afraid to try unconventional features to stand out in a market where it’s already hard to differentiate and make a dent in Samsung and Apple's overwhelming lead. If anything it aims to make it easier to do basic tasks or launch frequent apps with one hand, but it remains to be seen whether it works reliably and feels natural in day to day use.

    In terms of design the U11 is similar to the U Ultra from earlier this year, featuring a metal and glass body with curved panels that blend into the metal frame.

    There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, instead relying on its USB Type-C port for charging, data transfer, and audio using the included USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. Other specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with support for microSD cards, a 12-megapixel camera with optical stabilization and dual-pixel autofocus, and a 3,000mAh battery. The U11 is also rated for IP67 water and dust resistance.

    On the software side the device will run Android 7.1, at launch, and HTC claims he U11 is the first smartphone to be able to use a "hands-free wake word" to access Amazon's Alexa, so you can say a voice command without having to first open an app or even unlock the phone. It can be set to respond to “Alexa” or “OK Google” so you don’t have to commit to one assistant exclusively for hands free use.

    HTC is partnering with Sprint in the US as the exclusive carrier partner for the U11, though an unlocked version is also available from and Amazon for $649.

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  2. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 575   +316

    Gives new meaning to raging due to unintended squeezing.
  3. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,072   +428

    No headphone jack and over $600 = no sale. Come on. Make a slightly thicker phone, keep the jack, and put a huge battery in the thing already.
  4. Bryan1223

    Bryan1223 TS Member Posts: 61   +10

    *sigh* yet another hybrid-esque smartphone (iPhone's and Samsung Galaxy's designs combined) way to go HTC, this isn't the 1st time HTC has done this; they did the same thing with the HTC Bolt. -.-
  5. Bryan1223

    Bryan1223 TS Member Posts: 61   +10

    ...only this time with a hint of the Microsoft Lumia 640
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    You know if they included an extra programmable physical button, people would just laugh. this is inferior to that in most respects...
  7. Bryan1223

    Bryan1223 TS Member Posts: 61   +10

    I agree, I personally like and prefer no physical home button but if we were talking about iDevices then I would say I like the physical home button (I just like the feel and little click it gives when u press it) now that being said for the iPhone 7/7+ and most likely (from what the rumors speculate) the next future generations of the iDevice family I'm not a huge fan of the home button tbh. Now I don't own an iPhone 7/7+ myself and I personally own the Microsoft Lumia 640, which has the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile (which for those who don't know doesn't have any physical home button, the touch navigation bar is very similar to the ones on Android smartphones but slightly more like the new Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+'s touch navigation bar at the bottom of the screen the only difference is my ML640's N-bar has a left-facing back arrow-which when you tap and hold on opens the app switcher-, the windows 8+ logo for the home button, and finally a little search icon for well searching and all of these mentioned are in order as they appear on my ML640 and for the SGS8/8+ there's the weird symbol for the app-switcher, the rounded cornered square for the home button and then the left-facing arrow for easy go back, which as mentioned is in order of how it appears on the phone which in my opinion is bit of a weird layout if u ask me, but other than that and the odd finger print scanner on the back of the phone near the rear camera, definitely worth buying in my opinion, even though I hate Samsung, Google, and Android)
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,998

    They least they could have done was name it "Charmin" ..........
    Bryan1223 likes this.
  9. Bryan1223

    Bryan1223 TS Member Posts: 61   +10

    Lol I see what you did there

    But seriously though (even though I know you were jokin) if they did name it that theyd most likely get sued or something
  10. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 415   +186

    Exclusive to Sprint....let's see how this works out.
  11. Bryan1223

    Bryan1223 TS Member Posts: 61   +10

    I hate carrier exclusive phones (Not the phone itself but just the fact that it's only exclusive to a certain carrier, which in most cases; like this one, is usually Sprint exclusives and I have AT&T (which in my opinion is way better than Sprint)
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,738   +3,757

    Apple did it.

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