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HTC U11 Squeezable Smartphone: Should You Buy or Not?

June 17, 2017 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is experimenting a new thing with the HTC U11 smartphone. The newly launched phone is so much in talks because it’s squeezable. Through the Edge Sensor application support, HTC is giving a new way to operate smartphone. The mobile phone has seen tremendous success in some markets, and recently, it reached the Indian, Chinese and Russian markets as well.

The sales reports from the company, shared by the Taiwanese media, suggest that the HTC U11 is doing far better than its predecessors. The company also aims to fulfill the global demand by July. During an investors meeting, HTC confirmed that it will lower down the number of smartphone releases for the next two to four years, as the company is planning to focus on cutting down its operating cost to overcome the problems caused by the loss in revenue in the previous quarters.

The company has high hopes with the HTC U11, and the phone really stands out well. If you are thinking of buying the phone, this is the right time to check whether it is worth buying or not.

The phone is now almost one month old in several markets, while it is still arriving in some major regions. So, those who are not sure about their buying decision, here’s what they need to know.

Features & Specifications

The new U11 is a 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm in size and comes with 5.5-inch Super LCD5 display. Just like many other phones launched this year, the U11 also runs on Android 7.1 and comes equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. The device sports a 12MP primary camera with dual-LED flash, while there’s one 16MP secondary camera available.

When it comes to performance, the device is available in 4GB and 6GB RAM options with internal storage capacity of 64GB and 128GB respectively. The phone also supports extended memory option with a microSD card up to 2TB. As long as the battery performance is concerned, the phone comes with a 3000mAh battery that lasts for a day on 3G/4G networks, while the standby time claimed by the company is 14 days.

The HTC U11 features two power saving mode, out of which the one is standard, and the second is “Extreme Power Saving Mode.” There’s also support for Quick Charge, so you can add hours of battery life by simply charging your phone for 15 minutes or more.

HTC Edge Sense

Those unaware about HTC Edge Sense should know that it is an application by HTC that supports an AI companion and so much more just by pressing its edges. If you are already stuffed with the term “squeezable phone,” HTC’s Edge Sense technology is responsible for it. The phone has sensors on its edges through which you can expand the functionality of the U11 phone. By squeezing the phone, users can access different assigned functions ranging from mobile applications to settings and camera features etc. Additionally, there’s a smart AI assistant to help you get things done through direct commands.

Edge Sense is something that make U11 stand out and it is used in a way that it appears to be very helpful in future applications. Even today, the feature comes handy in many ways, but the technology has so much potential to be developed in near future.

The Verdict

If you have just fallen in love with the Edge Sense and are planning to buy HTC U11, you should think again. There are several other products available in the market offering similar configuration and are more durable than the U11. Why, because the device failed badly in bending tests. The squeezing also doesn’t seem to be a very comfortable experience, and if not done properly, one can even lose grip on the phone and the phone can get slipped out.

As far as the price is concerned, the U11 retails at the price tag of US$649 and is available in many regions around the world.

Staff Writer; Corey Shaw

Have any Tech Tips? News? Hit up our Tech Guru at; CoreyS@ThyBlackMan.com.





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One Response to “HTC U11 Squeezable Smartphone: Should You Buy or Not?”
  1. Fred Washington says:

    Nice review. I can see myself picking up an HTC U11. Right now my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is my daily driver.

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