HTC U11 – a phone you can squeeze
The standard of smartphones has increased exponentially over the last few years. As consumers, we now expect a certain standard when it comes to camera quality, design, display and much more.
So, how do you make your smartphone stand out from the other, premium options?
You give it a unique feature, of course! The Samsung Galaxy S8 brought us a bezel-less design and a bigger screen, so what else could you offer? How about squeezable sides? Well, that’s exactly what HTC has done with its new flagship, the HTC U11.
What exactly does a squeezable phone do and what else can you expect from the U11? Read on to find out…
First things first, just what are the squeezable sides?
Unsurprisingly, HTC is hoping Edge Sense will be enough of a unique feature to entice consumers away from other smartphone choices.
With sensors embedded in the bottom half of the metal frame, the left and right-hand side of the phone become pressure-sensitive. This feature will enable users to conduct numerous tasks, such as launching an app, taking a photo and recording audio.
Upon the launch of the phone, the number of tasks Edge Sense can complete will be limited; however, the company has said it will launch an app that will let the user decide how and what the Edge Sense feature controls.
Many who have already had a hands-on test of the phone, such as the Independent, have noted how reliably this feature works and how, once you have got over the oddity of squeezing a phone, it begins to feel surprisingly natural.
Another thing this phone will offer (again, eventually) is a whole host of assistants. Google Assistant will come with the phone on its launch, allowing users to use their voice to activate apps and ask questions.
But the company will also be bringing Amazon’s Alexa to the phone, which will be made available to consumers in the UK, US and Germany first, and there are also rumours that the HTC Companion will expand to include voice features. This means that, eventually, there could be three different assistants available on one phone.
The phone also has a 5.5-inch quad-HD display, a 3000mAh battery and a 12MP rear-facing camera.
As can be expected with this high-premium phone, HTC’s latest flagship has a premium cost. Thankfully, HTC has opted not to increase the price so you can buy an HTC U11 for the same price as you’d have paid for an HTC 10 from last year, coming in at £649.
The HTC U11 is being released in Asia on 18 May but UK consumers won’t have to wait that much longer, as it is set to be launched here in June.
However, if you want to get the full effect of your new phone, you might want to wait until July, as that is when many of the main features will become available.