HTC’s first true flagship of 2017, the HTC U11, has just been launched in Malaysia. Arguably the Taiwanese company’s most exciting device yet, HTC is pricing the U11 lower than its competition, although not by too much.
On the surface, the U11 looks a lot like the sleek-looking – but unremarkable – HTC U Ultra, but make no mistake: the U11 is an entirely different beast. It features Qualcomm’s best chipset yet, the Snapdragon 835, as well as a promising 12MP UltraPixel 3 rear camera which DxOMark rated very highly.
Of course, there’s also the U11’s unique Edge Sense feature, which involves…squeezing the phone. Basically, users can launch specific apps by a long – or short – squeeze of the U11’s frame. In our short time with the device, Edge Sense seems to work pretty well too.
Rounding out the specifications of the U11 are a 5.5-inch 1440p Super LCD 5 display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, a 16MP front-facing shooter, IP67 rating, and a 3,000mAh battery. Naturally, it also ships with HTC Sense based on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
The HTC U11 will be available for pre-order sometime this month in Malaysia on Lazada and 11street. Retailing at RM3,099, it’s priced slightly lower than the Sony Xperia XZ Premium – the only other Snapdragon 835 smartphone in Malaysia.