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HTC U11 ‘Squeezable Phone’ Set to Launch in India on Friday

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HTC has officially sent out press invites for the launch of the HTC U11 smartphone in India. The device is set to be launched at an event this Friday i.e. June 16. At the event, HTC will announce HTC U11 price in India and availability details the smartphone.

Last week, HTC listed the HTC U11 smartphone on its India website, hinting at an imminent launch. Now, with the press invite, HTC has confirmed the launch date of the HTC U11 in India. The HTC U11 smartphone was launched in Taiwan last month, and one of the biggest attractions of the device is its ‘Edge Sense’ feature which promises to bring a complete new way of interaction with the device.

The Edge Sense feature of the HTC U11 lets you launch the camera, and send texts. You can customise the squeeze gesture to open email, and even launch your favourite app or game. When users activate advanced touch mode, they can use a “short squeeze” as well as a “squeeze and hold” for even more functionality at your fingertips. The HTC U11 squeeze feature works while wearing gloves as well, as Edge Sense is based on actual pressure applied to the side of the device.

A recent leak also claims that India will get the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of the HTC U11. Furthermore, it says that the phone will be made available in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red colour options. Just to recall, pricing of the HTC U11 starts at EUR 749 (roughly Rs. 53,000) for Europe, and in the US at $749 (roughly Rs. 48,000), where it’s up for pre-order. Other countries where the HTC U11 is scheduled to launch include China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Philippines.

For specifications, the HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the company’s HTC Sense skin on top, and supports dual-SIM cards (Nano-SIM). It features a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Under the hood, it is powered by 2.45GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. It also supports storage expansion via a microSD card slot (up to 2TB).

The HTC U11 sports a 12-megapixel camera with ultra-spread autofocus, BSI sensor, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash, slow-motion, and 4K video recording. Camera features include Face Detection, Pro mode with manual control, 32-second long exposure, and RAW format support, HDR Boost, Panorama, and Hyperlapse. It also sports a 16-megapixel front camera with BSI sensor, full-HD recording. The HTC U11 comes with IP67 water and dust resistance, packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0.

HTC U11


General

Release date May 2017
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 153.90 x 75.90 x 7.90
Weight (g) 169.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Solar Red
SAR value NA

Display

Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels

Hardware

Processor 2.45GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 2000

Camera

Rear camera 12-Ultrapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 16-megapixel

Software

Operating System Android 7.1
Skin Sense 8.0

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC Yes
Infrared No
USB OTG Yes
FM No
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No