Here’s HTC’s Flagship U11

Here’s the just-announced HTC U11 in amazing silver, sapphire blue, brilliant black, solar red and ice white. Not all colour options will be available in all regions—in Canada, for example, you’ll only be able to get one in silver, blue or black. Also, it’ll set you back $999 CAD unlocked. Worth it? Read on and decide for yourself…

Notable specs are as follows:

Display
5.5 inch Quad HD @534ppi
“3D” Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

RAM / Storage
4 GB / 64 GB + microSD

Rear / Front Cameras
12 MP with OIS / 16 MP

Battery
3,000 mAh with fast charging

OS / Software
Android 7.1 with HTC Sense
Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

A new feature in this 2017 flagship is what HTC is calling “Edge Sense”. From the press release:

You affectionately squeeze the hand of the one you love. A baby intuitively squeezes her mother’s finger. A child squeezes his teddy bear to feel safe at night. Nothing feels as close, connected and personal as the sensation of touch or the warmth of an embrace…

I’ll cut to the chase: the U11 lets you launch two apps of your choice by squeezing—or long-squeezing (?)—its shiny frame. If I’m not mistaken the defaults are the camera and flashlight but again, the squeezable apps are fully customizable.

What the U11 doesn’t have is a headphone jack (boo), but at least a pair of noise-cancelling USB-C earbuds are included with it.

The unlocked U11 seems to be in stock right now on HTC’s Canadian site; our American friends can pre-order it on HTC.com, or wait for the Sprint version.

Sources: Android Police, Mobile Syrup, XDA