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Yep, you read it right. The HTC U11 is the world’s first squeezable phone. Squeeze for selfies, squeeze for Facebook, squeeze for music – just like squeezing a sponge. Although the U11 sounds like an odd gimmicky device at first glance, it is far from a one trick pony – this phone is HTC’s newest flagship phone and it packs a huge amount of power behind its shiny glass body. We were able to squeeze the U11 to our heart’s content at HTC’s launch, and we think that it is quite a strong competitor to flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6.

HTC U11 – the next evolution of the HTC Flagship


The Evolution of HTC Phones – Source: Engadget

HTC has been at the forefront of mobile innovation ever since smartphones hit the market. Their flagships have always been trendsetters – they were first to produce a touchscreen phone in the 1990’s, first to make 3G phones at the turn of the millennium, and first to introduce premium audio features in the mid-2000’s.

The last evolution of the HTC Flagship came in the form of the M series – the first all-metal unibody flagship phones in the world. However, this new iteration of HTC’s flagships had a very rocky launch – many users complained about HTC’s Ultrapixel camera issues on the M7 and M8, and were very, very underwhelmed by the company’s marketing and promotional efforts. Sales took a massive dip, and many people became doubtful of HTC’s future – let alone their willingness to listen to customers, or ability to produce attractive flagships.

HTC responded to this setback with the M9 and M10 – well-specced flagship phones which inherited the metal unibody design of its predecessors. Although the phones were very commendable entries, they didn’t win over many buyers due to the immense popularity of the new Samsung, LG and Apple phones.

This year, HTC’s back with an all-new approach – they’ve done away with metal and redesigned their flagship phone with some unique features, in hopes of recapturing the hearts and minds of fresh Android converts and long-time fanboys alike.

Top Unique Features

1. HTC Edge Sense (Squeeze)
Activate apps or any phone function with a squeeze, can be customised.
2. 12MP ƒ/1.7 Ultrapixel Camera
Highest DxOMark (camera benchmark) score of 90, outranking Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8.
3. HTC USonic Type-C earphones
Free active noise-canceling earphones, optimizes sound to your ear structure and ambient noise levels.

HTC U11 Specifications

  • 5.5 inch LCD display, QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (up to 2.45 Ghz)
  • 128GB storage with MicroSD Support (Dual SIM/SD Card slot)
  • 6GB Ram
  • 12MP ƒ/1.7 back camera (Ultrapixel, 1.4μm, OIS, 1080p video @ 120fps)
  • 16MPƒ/2.0 front camera (HDR, 1080p video)
  • USB Type C 3.1 with DisplayPort
  • Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • 3000mAH Battery with Quick Charge 3.0
  • Android 7.1
  • Squeezable frame, fingerprint sensor, capacitive buttons
  • IP67 dust and water resistant glass body, 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9cm, 169g
  • S$ 988

A Great All-Rounder Flagship


The body of the U11 follows in the footsteps of leading Android flagships – it comes in the traditional bar form factor, and has the same back, home fingerprint scanner and recent apps buttons like most Android phones. HTC’s gone with a reflective glass body which curves to fit comfortably in the hand, similar to what’s found on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6.

Though the HTC U11’s glass back feels fragile and is fingerprint prone, HTC has decided to go with glass instead of metal to achieve a unique aesthetic – the ‘liquid surface’ design of the back features several unique, bright colors – some of which change tint when viewed at certain angles.Check out how the Sunset Red HTC U11 shifts color from red to orange!