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The HTC U11 looks stun­ning thanks to HTC’s unique Liq­uid Sur­face Con­struc­tion de­sign, which sand­wiches two curved Go­rilla glass pan­els around a color-matched alu­minum frame. Un­like other rear glass smart­phones, the U11’s glass rear curves sym­met­ri­cally around the cor­ners, rather than just at the top and bot­tom. In a rst for HTC, the U11 is now IP67 dust and wa­ter re­sis­tant, though still not as good as IP68.

What sets the U11 apart is Edge Sense, a unique com­bi­na­tion of hard­ware and soft­ware that uses eight su­per-thin pres­sure sen­si­tive strain gauges in the lower half of the frame (four on each side), to let you squeeze the U11 to reg­is­ter in­put. By de­fault, a short squeeze on the frame will launch the cam­era app, while a long squeeze can launch a diBer­ent app. Edge Sense can also be congured to work with any app, where short or long squeezes can repli­cate a sin­gle or dou­ble tap at any po­si­tion on the screen. For ex­am­ple, you can set up Instagram so that every time you squeeze, Edge Sense will repli­cate a tap on the screen over the Instagram shut­ter but­ton to take a pic­ture.

The U11 has a 5.5-inch QHD 2,560 x 1,440 Su­per LCD 5 dis­play (~540ppi). The dis­play is bright and vi­brant with plenty of con­trast, but un­for­tu­nately it does not sup­port Mo­bile HDR.

The U11 has HTC’s BoomSound Hi-Fi edi­tion de­sign, which uses the ear­piece speaker and a sin­gle down­ward-ring speaker on the bot­tom of the phone for stereo sound. The in­ter­nal speaker de­sign has also been im­proved, with the en­tire body of the phone now act­ing as a res­o­nant acous­tic cham­ber, re­sult­ing in louder sound and deeper bass. There’s no 3.5mm head­phone port here, but you do get a pair of HTC’s USB-C USonic ear­phones and a USB-C to 3.5mm adap­tor in the box.

On the back of the U11 is a 12-megapixel, f/1.7 cam­era with 1.4„m pixel size, op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion and HTC’s Ul­traPixel 3 tech­nol­ogy. It also has Ul­traSpeed AF and im­proved HDR. The front cam­era is a 16-megapixel, f/2.0 shooter with Ul­traPixel tech­nol­ogy. The U11 is pow­ered by Qual­comm’s lat­est Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor with 6GB RAM. The phone has a 3,000mAh bat­tery.

Four pres­sure sen­si­tive sen­sors are hid­den on ei­ther side of the U11’s frame.

The only port on the U11 is a USB-C port.

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