Flagship smartphone HTC officially presented U11: Android 7.1, multi-layered glass shell and advanced camera

As expected, today HTC has unveiled its flagship smartphone HTC U11. The device status can be traced not only in performance but also in the innovative management methods and manufacturing technology of the hull.

Glass back panel effectively refracts light rays through embedded in the coated mineral particles, which are at different depths and have different characteristics of reflection. Front glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) and rear panels to the partially rounded side walls, narrowing them visually. In addition to design refinements there are practical innovations such as watertightness: HTC U11 corresponds to the tolerances of the IP67 standard, and therefore not afraid of dust and can operate under short-term immersion in water to a depth of 1 m.

Aluminum frame smartphone now performs not only the function of the carrier, but itself becomes a on control: built-in pressure sensors enable when squeezing the sides to access some functions in the interface, as it is happening now when you click on the usual system keys. A new control method called Edge Sense, the reaction from the compression will be different depending on what part of the interface currently open in the camera app so you can do a photo, and on the desktop to launch the specified application. In order to avoid false positives the sensitivity of the Edge Sense can be configured.

The main camera of the smartphone HTC U11 evaluated by specialists DXOMark 90 points out of 100 possible, avoiding in this comparison, Samsung Galaxy S8. The optical stabilization system and fast phase detection autofocus will help you to shoot in difficult conditions, like Auto HDR Boost to eliminate «blockages» in both bright and dark areas of the image, making only one shot, without the inevitable in other cases of delay. Sensor resolution 12 MP consists of an array of elements is increased to 1.4 µm, and back-illumination technology, the dual flash and optical system with the diaphragm number F/1,7 potentially reduce noise while shooting in low light conditions. Front camera 16mp adopted a number of technologies from the back, like Auto HDR Boost.

Basis HTC U11 became the SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 835, as in many other flagships. HTC has gone the way of Samsung and is equipped with new RAM «only» 4 GB. A good sign was the presence of slot for memory cards microSD in addition to built-in storage capacity of 64 GB. The screen diagonal of 5.5 inches and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels supports the installation of custom color profiles. Is the support for NFC, port USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C to transmit DisplayPort signal and battery capacity of 3000 mAh with support for faster charging with Quick Charge 3.0. With dimensions 153,9 x 75,9 x 7.9 mm weight of the smartphone is 169 g, HTC U11 is running on Android OS 7.1. The recommended price of $650.

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