HTC had announced towards the tail end of April that they would be launching the HTC U 11 on the 16th of May. Prior to that, the device was simply known by its codename, Ocean with a couple of speculations regarding its specifications and feature-set. Post the reveal of the launch, a lot of the aforementioned speculations have been confirmed and there has been a steady stream of leaks of the handset.
Today, new renders of the device were leaked by 91 Mobiles in collaboration with @OnLeaks who stated that they were based on the factory CAD sketches, they presented the handset in a glossy red finish.
As we can see from the above video of the render, HTC has really tightened up on the side bezels although the phone maintains a prominent chin and forehead with the former having a physical home button which might also house the fingerprint sensor. The device is 8mm thin at the bottom but flares to a 9.2mm thickness at the top. This asymmetry is to promote a comfortable grip on the squeezable section(s) of the device.
The HTC U 11 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with an Adreno 540 GPU. It will come with either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM with internal storage capacities of 64 GB and 128 GB respectively. This can be augmented with a microSD card up to 2 TB. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch quad-HD (1440 x2560) SuperLCD panel display with a 12-megapixel sensor at the back featuring the companies proprietary UltraPixel technology. The selfie shooter up front is a 16-megapixel sensor. The HTC U 11 packs a 3000mAh battery and has USB Type-C port for charging with support for Quick Charge 3.0. The device is running the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI which is itself based on Android, v.7.1, Nougat.
The real star of the show though is the Edge Sense technology which allows a user to manipulate the device via the touch-sensitive frame instead of relying just on the display. The HTC U 11 does not feature a 3.5mm audio jack and the company instead bundles a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box. Finally, the smartphone has been IP 57 certified for dust and water resistance.
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