Top of the Line HTC Phone Goes on Sale
Recently, HTC launched their 2017 flagship, HTC U11, at an enticing price tag of Rs 51,990. They’ve surprised me by releasing their highest variant; (6GB + 128GB), in the Indian market that too at a very reasonable price. I was expecting around 55k to 60K, as HTC and pricing don’t go well together.
Also, HTC recently launched the VR headset in India for a ridiculous price of Rs. 92,999.
Moreover, the phone is pleasantly less expensive than the recently launched Samsung’s S8 Plus (6 GB variant) available for Rs. 74,999. Or the Sony XZ Premium that retails for Rs. 59,999.
Notably, the HTC U11 will be available via Amazon and offline retail shops. You can easily pre-order the Amazing Silver/ Brilliant Black colored U11 from 17th June.
Launch offers: Starting from June 26th, people purchasing the U11 with their Standard Chartered Credit/Debit cards can receive 10% cash-back offer as well. Also, the customers wanting to buy the phone from HTC’s official site can get a Flip Cover worth Rs 1,999, absolutely for free!
HTC was known for innovation once, they were first at doing many things including launching the world’s First 4G Phone. However, in last few years they have been able to compete, neither in technology nor at pricing. Although with U11 things are moving in the right direction.
HTC has said that the U11 sales are better in comparison to their previous flagship phones and they are positive about the phone getting good consumer feedback globally.
HTC U11 Specifications and Features
The all-new U11 comes with “Liquid Surface” design concept similar to the U Ultra and U-Play, released back in Jan 2017.
The design looks distinguishing with a highly polished and reflective glass back cover. Notably, HTC is not joining the voguish “Bezel-less” display phones. Instead, it flaunts the regular 5.5-inch QHD display with the usual 16:9 ratio.
Further, the display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0. It runs on the fastest processor in the market – Snapdragon 835 coupled with Adreno 540 GPU. Additionally, the processor is paired with massive 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, which can further be upgraded to 2TB using the micro SD card.
Also, the U11 ships with Android N v7.1.1 with Sense UI on top. Since the HTC 10, HTC is keeping the software minimal and close to stock Android without losing the “HTC Sense” important features.
For imaging, the U11 offers a single 12 MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.4micron pixel, ultra-speed autofocus, OIS and dual LED flash. Unfortunately, they’ve removed the laser autofocus feature, present on the HTC 10.
On the other hand, the front side has a 16 MP selfie shooter with BSI sensor and recording upto 1080P.
The camera app is user-friendly and comes with a full-fledged manual mode, HDR boost, Panorama, and Hyperlapse. The U11 received a commendable score of 90 by DxOmark, making it the highest rated smartphone camera out there. Notably, the Google Pixel scores 89 and Samsung S8 scores 88.
Powering the phone is a sizeable 3000 mAh battery same as the HTC 10. It even comes with the Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 to offer fast charging support.
Special Features HTC U11
The U11 comes with its own AI called “Sense companion.” It provides the users with timely alerts and messages when needed. Apparently, it takes a week or so, for the AI to recommend things, based on your usage.
Instead of providing a dedicated button for app/gesture shortcuts. HTC has come up with a genius idea of embedding pressure sensors on the sides of the phone. There are total 8 sensors, (4 on each side); allowing the users to either “short squeeze” or “hard squeeze” to activate any gesture or an app. It’s totally customizable and can be used to open the camera, Google assistant, or even take a screenshot. The list is endless and HTC has promised to add more options in the future updates.
Similar to the U Ultra, the U11 has ditched the 3.5 mm audio jack and now uses the modern USB type-C port. What’s more, the phone comes with IP 67 rating with dust/water resistance feature.
In the box, you will find the phone, charger, USB cable, a clear hard case, microfiber cloth, type-C to 3.5 mm adapter and the all-new earphones with active noise cancellation.
Unlike, other noise canceling headphones, these don’t require an additional power source. In fact, they use the power from the phone. HTC have significantly improved the output from the dual speaker setup and is certainly much louder and clear than the HTC 10 itself.
HTC have significantly improved the output from the dual speaker setup and is louder and clear than the HTC 10. The HTC U 11 does a lot of things right and is definitely a good smartphone with top of the line hardware and camera without obtuse pricing.
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