Check out the new features of HTC U11

Published on June 22, 2018

You should not give the phone the heave-ho so the HTC U12 Plus may have replaced the HTC U11. yes, this is obvious that new phones bring new features similarly the U12 Plus brings even more features to its squeezable sides, an updated processor and four cameras, the U11 remains a cheaper alternative with a stunning design and still-powerful performance. Yes, there is no doubt that U11 is a damn fine phone in spite its squeezable sides, not because of them, for it, its price remains a steady $649; all of the above HTC hasn’t dropped it despite upgrading to the U12 Plus. Now it is still less than the U12 Plus, which starts at $799 and £649 — there is no Australia price yet, but the US cost converts to AU$1,084.

On may 23, 2018 we reviewed the HTC U11 and added this note on June 20, 2018. To make an impression it’s getting harder and harder when it feels like every major phone manufacturer is gunning for the super-powered, top-tier flagship title. The HTC U11 is available for just $500 at  has tried to get you to sit up and take notice with features like squeezable sides that can launch an app and a virtual companion that promises to learn your preferences and make life easier. The bundles and the irony don’t speak as loud as stunning design, a 2,560×1,440 resolution (QHD) screen to rival the Samsung Galaxy 8, quality of life perks like water resistance and an obscenely fast octa-core processor.

Pressure sensitive has some trouble with the squeezable sides and the virtual assistant is that they feel like in-the-way gimmicks more than they feel like innovations. More relying on Google Assistant than HTC’s own Sense Companion, which offers up tailored recommendations for restaurants, smart alarms based on your calendar, reminders to charge (oh so important) and other tidbits. I found it getting in the way more than I found it handy to have around. With Amazon Alexa functionality also available now, it feels like HTC is banking on other virtual assistants and like the squeeze and fun to test out.

Feeling about the squeeze

With the contention with the U11, this is going to be the biggest point. To interface with your phone it has been build with a new way a one-handed, pressure-sensitive squeeze of the sides can activate the camera, launch apps, turn on the flashlight, whatever basic function you program it with. There are short and long holds, and it’s contextual, the camera was squeezed once to launch but by default and again to snap a quick pick with one hand. It was called as the work done underwater as the HTC Edge Sense where regular capacitive touchscreens falter and in a water-resistant phone, it’s easy to snap submerged selfies without workarounds.

It was not one of those people who are going to love the novelty, latest in the first week with the U11, I squeezed it to launch the camera accidentally more times than on purpose. If it is about the feedback, the squeeze provides the haptic feedback but the sides themselves don’t actually move and it felt a little strange on the higher pressure settings. The rudimentary programming available meant the Edge Sense didn’t quite live up to the hype. To skip songs on Spotify, I would have loved to set a short squeeze just for instance but at that level of specificity just isn’t there yet. I didn’t keep the HTC squeeze switched on for long.

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