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Powered by the Snapdragon 835, the HTC U11 takes touch to the next level

May 23, 2017

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Meet the evolution of the touch-screen smartphone: the HTC U11. HTC’s flagship is the world’s first phone with intuitive squeeze functionalities, creating a one-of-a-kind way of interacting with the device we often have in hand. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, the HTC U11’s features will wow the senses with its award-winning camera; adaptive headset, speakers, and microphone; and support for multiple intelligent assistants.

Gigabit speeds with the Snapdragon 835

The Snapdragon 835 packs advanced features into a small size — 10 nanometers to be exact. Our premium mobile platform has an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, which is engineered to support peak download speeds of up to 1 Gbps. And while that’s impressive, it’s the real-world speeds that may truly wow you. Enjoy fast access to your files stored in the cloud, stream high quality videos uninterrupted, and download music for offline play quickly. With double the number of LTE antennas of typical LTE devices, you may get up to double the download speeds in good signal conditions, and up-to 70 percent faster speeds in weak coverage. With the Gigabit LTE capabilities of the HTC U11, you can enjoy fast speeds today, and even faster ones down the road as mobile networks are upgraded.

And it’s not just download speeds – you may enjoy faster upload speeds and better coverage as well. Thanks to its support for High-Power User Equipment (HPUE) technology, the HTC U11 can enjoy up-to 30 percent wider coverage on Sprint’s LTE Plus network in the U.S.

The mobile platform tackles each application with its integrated Qualcomm Kryo 280 CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon 682 DSP, designed to work together efficiently to manage separate workloads. These Snapdragon 835 components are also made to extend battery life: the HTC U11 delivers 3 more hours of video playback, 8 more hours of music playback, and 3.5 more hours for web browsing on an LTE network, compared to the previous generation.

Engaging your sense of touch

One of the things that sets the HTC U11 apart is its unique HTC Edge Sense technology, which shines the spotlight on a person’s sense of touch. It’s designed so with a simple squeeze, you can launch any app on your HTC device. You can also customize the squeeze gesture, so that Edge Sense opens the phone’s camera, an email application, or a game. It also enables Voice to Text technology: With a light squeeze, the HTC U11 will translate a spoken message into a text and send it. For more advanced capabilities, you can modify “short squeeze” and “squeeze and hold” settings to make the most of this new level of phone interaction.

Audio features will have you all ears

The HTC U11 is equipped with upgraded HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers that deliver a broad Dynamic Range of audio and high volumes. The smartphone uses four omni-directional microphones that are optimally positioned. These mics work together to record audio from all directions to produce 3D audio clips.* And when the camera is set to Acoustic Focus, the microphones are designed to work with the camera to amplify the specific sounds surrounding the subject in focus.

The device comes with the latest version of HTC USonic, which incorporates Qualcomm Aqstic active noise cancellation (ANC) technology. Qualcomm Aqstic ANC technology has a dedicated hardware block on the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec that is engineered to process all the ANC algorithms so you don’t need additional batteries and components on the headset. The advanced headset is also engineered to map the inner ear with sonar-like technology and adapt the sound profile to the ear. Combined with Qualcomm Aqstic, the headset is designed to reduce distractions around you, continuously monitor the environment’s sound levels, and quickly adjust the audio for any new disturbances.

An award-winning camera, front to back

Awarded the highest independent rating ever by DxOMark, the HTC U11’s camera, powered by Snapdragon 835, deserves high praise. It’s composed of a variety of advanced technologies typically found only in top DSLR cameras.

A multi-axis optical stabilization system and lightning-fast autofocus capabilities are integrated into the distinguished photo-taking machine. This works to make sure the capture is quick, photos are crisp, and videos are smooth. New white balance, noise reduction, and detail preservation enhancements help you take sharper, more balanced photos.

When recording video, the HTC U11’s camera uses Auto HDR Boost, a technology that takes multiple shots, and measures the darkest shadows and brightest highlights with minimal lag. Temporal Noise Reduction can then automatically compare information in the previous and following frames to remove unnecessary noise, so the focus is on your subject and not on any miscellaneous distractions.

The device’s high-resolution 16MP front camera isn’t left out either. The camera uses the same HDR Boost and noise reduction technology as the 12MP main camera. And with its UltraPixel light sensitivity setting, it can take vivid selfies, day or night.

Compatible companions

HTC’s latest device has the perfect partners — three of them. The HTC U11 can work with three intelligent assistants — HTC Sense Companion, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa — personalizing your mobile experience.

HTC Sense Companion is designed to familiarize itself with your daily patterns over time, taking note of when you’re running late for an appointment or when you need to recharge your phone. Keeping the HTC U11’s performance top of mind, the HTC Sense Companion can suggest clearing junk files and unused apps to free up space and gain faster speeds.

With Google Assistant, this Android-powered phone puts the world’s answers in the palm of your hand. This personal assistant can help you find facts, manage your calendar, read texts, and control your home. The HTC U11 is also the first commercially available smartphone to feature hands-free wake word access to Amazon Alexa, and has over 12,000 skills from the Alexa store at its disposal.

Stunning, inside and out

A smartphone with impressive insides should have striking outsides to match. Under the HTC U11’s hood, the Snapdragon 835 has an Adreno 540 GPU integrated into its platform. The GPU is made to yield lifelike visuals, and an up-to 25 percent improvement in graphics rendering and 60X more display colors, compared to previous designs. Its 5.5-inch Quad HD, 3D glass screen can display these immersive visuals under any light, even harsh sunlight. And because it's water resistant, the HTC U11 can capture photos in the rain.

HTC uses Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition to achieve the device’s liquid glass surface, a process that involves layering its back cover with highly-refractive precious minerals. This creates a brilliant effect and highlights the phone in Sapphire Blue, Amazing Silver, and Brilliant Black (in the U.S.). The HTC U11 also boasts a new, curved look that results in 3-axis symmetry, making it slim and comfortable to hold.

The HTC U11 is now available for pre-order in the U.S.

*An earlier version of this post included reference to Qualcomm Aqstic’s surround sound recording technology that was incorrect. The post was corrected on 5/25/17.

Qualcomm Snapdragon and Qualcomm Aqstic are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Qualcomm Kryo 280 CPU is built on ARM Cortex Technology.