HTC usually reveals its flagship Android smartphone sometime in Q1 every year, but the company had to delay the announcement this year due to the shortage of Snapdragon 835 chipsets from Qualcomm. Apparently, Samsung hoarded all the chipsets for itself, and the likes of HTC and Xiaomi had to delay the launch of their flagship smartphones for a couple of months.
After the first image of the HTC U “Ocean” was leaked last month, HTC released the first video teaser for the HTC U 11 last week. The device will be officially unveiled on May 16, but we’ve managed to bring you the box art of the HTC U 11, which shows the final specifications of the device along with some juicy details (like the UltraPixel 3 camera) that weren’t leaked earlier.
So, here’s the image that confirms the official specifications of the HTC U 11:
HTC U 11: Specifications
- Display: 5.5-inch Super LCD, QHD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels), Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat (with HTC Sense UI & Edge Sense)
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (octa-core 64-bit Kryo 280 CPU + Adreno 540 GPU)
- Memory: 4GB/6GB RAM
- Storage: 64/128GB internal storage, expandable up to 2TB (with microSDXC cards)
- Rear-Facing Camera: 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 (could be the Sony IMX362 sensor), ƒ/1.7 aperture, OIS, dual-tone LED flash, & 4K video recording
- Front-Facing Camera: 16-megapixel (could be the Sony IMX351 sensor), ƒ/2.0 aperture, and 1080p video recording
- Network & Connectivity: 4G LTE (dual-SIM in some markets), GPS with GLONASS, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB 3.1 Type-C
- Protection: Fingerprint Sensor & IP57-certified Water Resistant
- Audio: HTC BoomSond™, HTC Usonic (Active Noise Cancellation), Hi-Res Audio, 3D Audio Recording
- Battery: 3,000mAh, non-removable, Quick Charge 3.0
The HTC U 11 features a 5.5-inch Super LCD display with QHD resolution (bringing the pixel density to 534ppi). The display is protected using Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Moreover, the phone also comes with touch sensitive edges, so you can use it for actions like scrolling and selecting (this feature was leaked a couple of months ago). It also comes with HTC’s proprietary BoomSound and Usonic audio technologies, along with support for Hi-Res Audio and 3D audio recording.
Coming to the internals, the HTC U 11 will be equipped with the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm, 6GB RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage space (there will be a 64GB storage variant as well). There will also be a microSD card slot for storage expansion (compatible with up to 2TB cards). It features a fingerprint sensor embedded into its home button, and the device will be IP57-certified for dust and water resistance.
In the imaging department, the HTC U 11 will feature a 12-megapixel ‘UltraPixel 3’ camera. This UltraPixel 3 moniker could mean anything from larger sensor size to a wider aperture, and we’re not sure about the improvements on the sensor side. The camera is equipped with OIS, ƒ/1.7 aperture (similar to that of the Galaxy S8), dual-tone LED flash, HDR+ (live automative HDR scene detection) & 4K video recording. The front-facing 16-megapixel camera features ƒ/2.0 aperture.
The smartphone will also feature usual connectivity options found on flagship smartphones like 4G LTE, GPS, dual-band gigabit Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. The device will also come in a dual-SIM variants for markets like India and China. We’re not sure whether there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, though. The HTC U 11 will come packed with a non-removable, 3,000mAh battery that can be rapidly charged using a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible charger.
HTC U 11: The Competition
The HTC U 11 will compete with the recently released Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. Moreover, other high-end smartphones like the Mi 6, the Huawei Mate 9, the yet-to-be-launched iPhone 7s (or even the iPhone 8). and the upcoming OnePlus 5 would also be considered as the U 11’s competitors.
The U 11 lacks the dual-camera setup of the LG G6 and the Galaxy S8’s large Infinity Display, but it makes up for that in the form of 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage space. However, dual-camera setups are really not necessary to offer impressive results as we’ve seen with the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
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