Who would have thought that the simple gesture of gripping a smartphone could be turned into something so much more? Well, that certainly is the case with HTC’s newest smartphone, U11. This Android 7.1-powered (with HTC Sense, naturally) 5.5-inch device comes with an innovative feature called Edge Sense that lets you take photos, launch your favorite apps, text on-the-go, access to voice assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa (yes, that too), and more, simply by squeezing the device. What you want the squeeze to trigger is really up to you configure. So, move over, knock-to-wake, cos’ squeezing sounds like a lot more fun.

HTC U11 Android Smartphone
It can be configured to take photos with a squeeze.

In addition, U11 also gets a 3D liquid glass surface, “the highest DxOMark ever awarded to a smartphone camera with an UltraSpeed Autofocus, and of course, water resistance. And oh, it is perfect ok with taking photos underwater too because, squeezing, and for those with the ears for good audio, you will be glad that U11 comes with the latest incarnation of the HTC USonic that touts active noise cancellation and the ability to map your inner ear and then adapting the sound profile to your soundholes’ unique inner structure. For those who love to spread the audio around, there’s a louder BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers with improved Dynamic Range Audio.

HTC U11 Android Smartphone
You won’t want to have a cover over this. Seriously.

HTC is also particularly proud of the design which has a seamless curved look, achieved “through heating and then bending the glass using extreme pressure.” The result is a gorgeous all-around 3-axis symmetry device that feels slim however you way you hold it. Not surprisingly, U11 gets the best processor the market has to offer today and that’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 64-bit octacore (up to 2.45 GHz clock speed), backed by a 4GB RAM and 64GB UFS 2.1 onboard storage, expandable via microSD slot, of course.

HTC U11 Android Smartphone
It has a 5.5-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) Super LCD 5 display.

Fronting the device is the obvious (and dare we say, gorgeous) 5.5-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) Super LCD 5 display, shielded by a tough 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The back is, needless to say, glass too – 3D glass to be exact, the pride and glory of HTC. As you can see, HTC has pretty thrown in everything possible, but much consumers will appreciate remains to be seen. HTC U11 smartphone is open for pre-order, unlocked or with Sprint or Verizon contract, priced at $649. Shipping is expected to happen sometime in June. Skip ahead for the full specifications.

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HTC U11 Android Smartphone

HTC U11 Android Smartphone

Android 7.1 with HTC Sense
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
64 bit octa-core, up to 2.45 Ghz
5.5 inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels)
Super LCD 5
3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display color personalization
ROM: 64GB UFS 2.1
Extended: microSD, Flex Storage supported
4G/3G/2G/Cat 16 LTE-ready
12MP (HTC UltraPixel 3 with 1.4μm pixel)
UltraSpeed Autofocus
BSI sensor
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
ƒ/1.7 aperture
Dual LED flash
Self timer up to 10 seconds
Face detection
Pro mode with manual control, 32 sec. long exposure, and RAW format support
HDR Boost
Slow motion video (1080P@120 fps)
4K video recording with 3D Audio, Hi-Res audio, Acoustic Focus
Video Pic

BSI sensor
ƒ/2.0 aperture
Live make-up
Auto Selfie (keep still or smile)
Voice Selfie
Self timer up to 10 seconds
HDR Boost
Selfie Panorama
Full HD 1080p video recording
3000 mAh
up to 24.5 hours talk time on 3G/4G network
up to 14 days standby time on 3G/4G network
Power saving mode
Extreme power saving mode
Quick Charge 3.0
802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, DisplayPort
Streaming media from the phone to compatible Chromecast, DLNA, AirPlay, Miracast devices

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Motion G-sensor, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Sensor Hub, Edge Sensor
HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition, 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones, Hi-Res audio stereo recording, Hi-Res audio certified

Audio supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .mp4, .m4a, .aac, .ts, .flac, .mp3, .mid, .ogg, .mkv, .wav
Recording: .3gp, .aac, .flac

Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .mp4, .ts, webm, mkv
Recording: .3gp, .mp4, .mkv
153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm, 169g
Always on voice commands, Motion Launch, Sensor Hub for activity tracking, HTC Connect, Quiet ring on pick up, Pocket mode, Flip to Mute, IP67

Images courtesy of HTC.

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