HTC has unveiled the U11 EYEs as its first smartphone for the year 2018. The USP of this mid-range smartphone is that it comes equipped with dual front-facing cameras and it is the first phone from the company to arrive with facial recognition feature. Also, it features a full screen design and a massive battery.
HTC U11 EYEs Specifications and Features
Measuring 157.9 x 74.99 x 8.5 mm and weighing 185 grams, the HTC U11 EYEs comes in three color choices of Red, Silver (with bluish tint) and Black. Like the other U11 series phones from HTC, the U11 EYEs also features a reflective 3D glass panel that gives it a premium appeal. It is a dustproof and waterproof device as it features a IP67 rated chassis.
The U11 EYEs is fitted with a Super LCD 3 display that measures 6 inches. It offers an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The display is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3.
The U11 EYEs inherits the same 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 rear-mounted camera that is available on the HTC U11. It comes with features like f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash, ultrafast autofocus, fast HDR, back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Optical Image Stabilization, slow-motion video shooting, and 4K video shooting.
At the front, it houses an f/2.2 aperture 5-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup that is designed to capture vivid selfie shots. It is enabled with features like, beauty mode, fast HDR, voice selfie, full HD video recording and bokeh mode that allows users to adjust depth of field in real-time. Apart from facial recognition, the handset also includes a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.
Since it belongs to the U11 family, the U11 EYEs comes equipped with squeezable Edge Sense pressure-sensitive frame. By squeezing the phone, users can perform customized tasks on the phone such as starting an app, snapping a photo and more. The U11 EYEs is running on the Android 8.0 Oreo OS that is customized with the latest HTC Sense UI. HTC is providing the users of the U11 EYEs with USonic Smart Sonar headphones that features advanced sonar-like technology that can analyze the inner shape of the ear to deliver the best audio experience.
The Snapdragon 652 chipset and 4 GB of RAM are present under the hood of the U11 EYEs smartphone. It has an internal storage of 64 GB and it also features a microSD card slot. A 3,930mAh battery found inside the HTC U11+ flagship phone powers the U11 EYEs. The phone supports Quick Charge 3.0. The other features of the U11 EYEs include dual SIM support, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE and GPS. The handset does not feature the standard 3.5mm audio jack.
HTC U11 EYEs Pricing and Availability
HTC has started the pre-orders of the U11 EYEs in China from today. It carries a price tag of 3,299 Yuan (~$512) in China. The shipments of the pre-ordered units will begin from Jan. 25. The smartphone has been also unveiled in other markets like Hong Kong and Taiwan. In Hong Kong, it is priced at HK $3,898 (~$498) and in Taiwan, it is available with a pricing of 14,900 TWD (~$505). During pre-orders, the buyers of the U11 EYEs will in these markets will be receiving some accessories such as HTC Rapid Charger 3.0 with USB-C, a protective cover, a screen protector, USB-C to 3.5mm plug adapter and an HTC 20 t-shirt. The freebies may vary depending on the market
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