Remember back a few weeks ago when I talked about the squeezable phone that HTC planned to launch? The phone has leaked in all of its shiny glory in a video posted on reddit (look at that video here. The phone looks built very clean, which was the only promising feature of the HTC U Ultra launched earlier this year. Here are more specs of the HTC U 11:
- HTC Edge Sense (the squeeze phone thing)
- 5.5″ Quad-HD display with 534ppi pixel density and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
- Snapdrago 835 Processor
- Adreno 540GPU
- 4GB RAM/64GB Storage (China gets 6GB RAM/128GB of ROM)
- Expandable storage up to 2TB (but y’all, who even has a 2TB card?)
- 12MP Rear Camera, 15.8MP Front Camera.
- 7.1 Nougat with Sense UI (don’t forget the Edge Sense)
- USB Type-C, which by the way you have to use USB for your headphones..
- 3000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
HTC fortunately did not try to reinvent the wheel (unlike Samsung) with any Assistant type software, opting for Google Assistant over any other option. I don’t really use Google Assistant too often, but between that, Siri, and Bixby, I would choose Google Assistant every time. I still do not know what Samsung was thinking with respect to Bixby, but we can move on from here.
The HTC U 11 will be announced later today, May 16th. Most likely we will hear about pricing and availability at that point. Hopefully they decide to price the phone a little more reasonably than the HTC U Ultra, which was priced at a hefty 749.99. HTC has a huge amount of competition on it hands with phone sales, with the phone going against the LG G6, and the Samsung S8, and the upcoming iPhone.
HTC’s first 2017 phone launch, the HTC U Ultra, landed with a huge thud considering the huge price and sub par specifications. Edge Sense seems like an okay idea, but in a world where phone salespeople will do whatever it takes to get as many customers in the Samsung Galaxy S8 as possible, HTC needs to have more going for it to get those customers to change their mind.
Also, the headphones, just bring the 3.5mm headphone jack back. There is literally no reason to let go of the headphone jack. The G6 and the S8 both have headphone jacks. HTC can definitely use a headphone jack in their lives. Space is not a good enough reason to get rid of the headphone jack. The U Ultra gave that a try earlier this year, and it just ended up being, dumb.
Remember when everyone under the sun wanted the HTC EVO? I miss those days.