Built around a 5.5-inch QHD resolution (2560x1440) Super LCD 5 screen, protected by Gorilla Glass 5, the HTC U11 measures 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm and weighs 169g. The size of the screen and the resolution leaves the new HTC flagship with 534 ppi of pixel density. The HTC U11 is also IP67-certified, which means it is both water (up to 1 meter and 30 minutes) and dust resistant and comes with a glass back.
As it is appropriate for a true flagship, the HTC U11 uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, paired up with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for the US, while some markets will also get to choose the version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The rest of the specifications are pretty much standard as you get all the usual connectivity options, including USB Type-C port, 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS and GLONASS. It runs on Android 7.1 Nougat OS with HTC Sense on top of it.
Bear in mind that HTC also decided to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack but it bundles the smartphone with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. HTC also squeezed in a decent 3,000mAh battery which supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology and comes with two different power saving modes.
HTC placed the third generation UltraPixel camera at the U11 back, which features a 12-megapixel sensor with F/1.7 aperture and 1.4-micron pixel size, as well as the new Dual Pixel focusing technology, optical image stabilization, and a dual-LED flash.
The front camera actually has a higher resolution sensor, 16-megapixels, and features a special Special Panorama mode.
What makes the HTC U11 special is the new Edge Sense, a feature that will, according to HTC, bring an entirely new way to interact with the smartphone. In short, the edge of the HTC U11 uses a set of pressure sensors which can be set to trigger actions when squeezed. The phone will recognize short or long squeezes but, unfortunately, it does not differentiate different spots on the smartphone so it does not matter where you squeeze it, the action will be the same.
The new HTC U11 will be available in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red color options and should be hitting most of the markets by the end of May, with a price set at US $649/€749/£649.