HTC U11 has dethroned Google Pixel to get the highest DxOMark score for a smartphone camera to date.
Design wise the HTC U11 is relatively familiar territory for fans of the firm's manufacturing aesthetic; it's a nice and tidy slab, which tapers towards the edges and has all these handsome ports and grilles punched in various places.
"Short squeeze" and "squeeze and hold" advanced options can be added for extra functionality, and users are able to send hands-free text messages by speaking into the phone and then squeezing it.
Unlike other new smartphones coming out this year, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 that launched earlier this year and the iPhone 8 set to come out sometime this fall, the HTC U11 features a more standard front screen with top and bottom bezels.
In the Taiwan market, a 4GB RAM/64GB ROM version is available at NT$19,900 (US$661) with the availability to begin on June1.
Other specifications of the HTC U11 are 5.5-inch Super LCD WQHD display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixel. It will be available in black, silver, and blue.
Unlike other touchscreen devices the U11 can be used while wearing gloves, and the handset's squeeze function is customisable depending on the user's preference. The front camera is 16MP with UltraPixel light sensitivity, HDR Boost and noise reduction. The HTC U 11 is powered by a Qualcomm's latest 64-bit Snapdragon 835 quad-core processor clocked at 2.45GHz along with Adreno 540 GPU to handle the graphics. It comes in 4GB/6GB RAM variants.
The device also has a choice of digital assistants: the HTC Sense Companion, as well as Google Assistant, and even Amazon Alexa in certain countries (the USA, the United Kingdom and Germany). The smartphone has supposed to house a 3,000mAh battery. It has hybrid dual SIM slot (nano SIM).
With a 10-nanometer-based mobile processor, the U11 provides processing speeds 25 percent faster than its predecessor, the HTC 10, according to the company. The device comes with IP67 water and dust resistant technology and supports 4G LTE, VoLTE, NFC, BlueTooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11 for connectivity.
HTC U11's camera also received praised for its "consistent performance" under different shooting conditions and its "good color rendering" that can reportedly be seen on its image outputs.
The phone also includes the Taiwanese firm's USonic Boomsound Hi-Fi Edition speakers give clear, loud sounds.