Following the release of the overly expensive U Ultra, HTC U11 is the amended flagship for 2017 and features a slew of hardware upgrades and a complete design overhaul that takes inspiration from the 5.7-inch phone that was announced earlier this year. It comes stocked with nearly everything you will need from a modern day flagship and its price tag is a reminder that HTC can cater to the user’s wallet with just a little effort.
HTC U11 Comes With a Glass and Metal Body Coupled With Upgraded Sound Features – No Headphone Jack But Compensates for It in Several Other Ways
Pairing a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB RAM with the HTC U11, the phone features an impressive 5.5-inch Super LCD5 display with a QHD resolution. Where other manufacturers are slowly doing away with bezels, HTC continues to maintain this approach because it gives them room to incorporate impressive speakers, plus other features which have been listed below.
- HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation
- HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition
- 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones
- Hi-Res audio stereo recording
- Hi-Res audio certified
The fingerprint reader and home button are present at the front and the phone itself features a glossy chassis but sadly no support for wireless charging, which is something that will be sorely missed because the phone does not feature a headphone jack. It makes up for it with other additions such as IP67 water-resistance. There’s 64GB of onboard storage tucked underneath the hood and according to DxOMark, the rear 12MP shooter has garnered a score of 90 (front camera is a 16MP sensor), making it the highest scores obtained on a smartphone camera.
The F/1.7 aperture will also help to capture images well in low-light while giving them a shallow depth of field and the phone itself comes with Android 7.1 pre-installed, giving you access to the latest and greatest features. Despite its small 3,000mAh battery, HTC Claims that users will be able to experience up to 24.5 hours of talk time on the 3G or 4G network, all the while getting 14 days of Standby time.
The phone is Quick Charge 3.0 compatible and features a Type-C USB Gen. 1 port. As for the pricing, at $649, it is not the cheapest but when comparing it to the U Ultra, the U11 offers more on the table while charging the consumer less.
If you’d like to place a pre-order, HTC has started to take them for the unlocked model or for the Sprint version. Opting for the Sprint version will mean that you will have to pay $29 per month for two years (amounting to $696 in total). The Sprint variant will ship starting June 9 but we recommend that you pick up the unlocked model.
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