Once touted to be the next the next Apple and flirting with double digit market share, HTC learned the hard way how hard it is to conquer the market. But recently, as part of its fighting stance, the innovative company launched its flagship smart phone, the HTC U11 Singapore. From the looks of it, it seems HTC is here to stay and not give up without a fight. The U11 is here to compete with the unrivalled kings Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Apple iPhone 7 and even the impressive LG G6. Read on to know if it’s capable enough to do so.
The phone’s design is not at all ubiquitous and a big departure from its predecessor HTC 10 or the One M9. This time, it’s all about the curves and glass instead of the metal. The only metallic part is the frame that boosts the sturdiness of the glass components. The HTC U11 Singapore has a fingerprint scanner, a given, mounted up front near the capacitive buttons. The right side gets the volume rocker and power button whereas the bottom houses the USB-C port, a new convention, and the speaker grille. The SIM tray can be located on the top and the microphone holes in spades throughout the phone. The design is minimal in nature. The company has once again decided to phase out analog headphone jacks in the phone. It might have something to do with the new pressure sensitive Edge sense input feature. This brilliant idea, patented by the company has been put forth first in this device. It lets the user to trigger various software-defined commands by squeezing the handset. The greatest achievement is the design of the glass back panel, dubbed a liquid surface by the company has refractive properties to mimic colour shift and change. This has been achieved by using special materials on the inside of the glass that does the trick.
The screen is a 5.5 inch one with 16:9 LCD and quad-HD 1440 X 2560 resolution. Visually, the screen is stunning and capable of output at decent brightness levels. The color accuracy might not be that great but the adjustment of color temperature feature more than compensates for it. But the big issue here is the reachability. The phone feels rather big than its 5.5 inch competitors in the segment. It’s wider, taller and hence bulkier. Even these aspect ratio problems have been weeded out the traditionally hefty Samsung and LG phones but HTC seems to struggle with it. The only solution and an elegant one would have been to include an edge to edge screen. Even though it employs the use of curved edge 2.5D glass, it still feels uncomfortable and more so for smaller hands. Even still with these problems, the phone feels slimmer and smoother in the hands, albeit uncomfortable.
A welcome move is the inclusion of a cleaning cloth and a complementary clear case in the box that spices up the deal. Also a big step forward for HTC is the addition of formal water resistance feature in the phone with an IP67 rating which is in fact a major upgrade over past flagships.
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