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HTC U11 EYEs: large 6-inch smartphone with Fullview display, dual 5MP selfie camera and a 3930 mAh battery

It took a while for HTC to come out with their version of Fullview display and dual selfie camera, but that day will come with the upcoming launch of U11 EYEs.

Almost 8 months have passed since the original U11 was released back in May 2017, so it is a good time for it to get a refresher.

To get an idea of what it was last year, let’s do a quick throwback to what U11 EYEs was back then:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels or ~534 ppi pixel density
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 16MP secondary camera
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • May 2017 release date
  • $649 USD price tag

“Squeeze For The Brilliant U”, that’s the tagline that U11 carries. It is the introduction of Edge Sense, which brings with it a new age of phone interactions. The Taiwanese company is looking to go beyond the touchscreen, and they have come with an entirely new and intuitive way to interact with the phone.

At the end of the day, nothing beats a smartphone with great looks with the best hardware, best camera and great storage.

Now then, what is in store for us with the U11 EYEs? Here you go with its specs:

  • 6-inch Full HD Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 18:9 ratio or ~402 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 chipset, octa-core processor, Adreno 510 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with (f/1.7 aperture, 1.4 μm), phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Dual 5MP secondary camera with 5 MP aperture and f/2.2
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 2TB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3930 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • January 2018 expected release date
  • $3,898 Hong Kong Dollar or ~$499 US Dollar

For starters, U11 EYEs will now be sporting a larger size with its 6-inch Full HD Super LCD3 screen with Fullview display. There’s more stuff that can be seen on its screen which is great. What’s even greater is that the smartphone is properly protected with the IP67 certification that makes it dust and water resistant, and the Gorilla Glass 3 that protects against any mishaps or carelessness on our part as a human being.

One of the perks of having a U11 device in your hands, there’s the Edge Sense feature on it. A gentle squeeze and you can access any app, take photos or video, launch a voice assistant, and much more with a single intuitive gesture. Take maps for example. For most map apps, double tapping allows you to zoom in. Now a simple squeeze can replace this double tap function. And each squeeze lets you zoom into your heart’s content. It is easy, convenient and flexible; everything is done with ease on just one hand.

Under the hood of the U11 EYEs is something in the mid-range, with the Snapdragon 652 chipset, nice octa-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM to boot. It won’t break a sweat to run most of the apps and games that are out there in the market.

Here comes the highlight of the show, the camera aspect on the smartphone. Do not underestimate the power of its 12MP primary camera, as this is an award-winning camera that you can count on. It comes with UltraPixel 3 technology and HDR Boost that makes colors more vibrant. With the optical and electronic stabilization system combined with UltraSpeed Autofocus, everything gets sharper on it.

Moving on to its dual 5MP selfie camera, the Bokeh Mode lets you adjust the depth-of-field in your photographs just like a professional. Bokeh mode blurs the background in real-time based on the distance from your subject before you take the shot, or adjust it yourself after the photo is taken. Next is the Beauty Mode that makes for flawless selfies as it brings out your natural, authentic beauty. Take a perfect shot in a single click, or work your magic and fine-tune your selfies with the built-in editor.

Storage-wise, there’s 64GB of internal storage available that can be expanded up to a whopping 2TB. Pretty sure a microSD card with 2TB size is very expensive, but why not right?

Finally, the 3939 mAh battery will be there that should have no problems powering up the device for a full day of usage.

Conclusion:

HTC U11 EYEs has everything that you wish for in a mid-range smartphone with great looks, high-end camera, great protection, large battery and the latest Oreo operating system. We all know how the Taiwanese always have their price a little bit on the high-side, but this smartphone just oozes beauty and substance.

HTC U11 EYEs is expected to be available this month for 3,898 Hong Kong Dollar or ~$499 US Dollar and will come in Red, Blue and Black colors.

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