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HTC announced the U11 Eyes on Monday, the newest addition to the U11 device family. It’s the successor to 2014’s Desire Eye, and the highlights include dual selfie cameras, an octa-core processor, and face unlock.
Under the hood, the HTC U11 Eyes has a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, a system-on-chip in big.LITTLE configuration with four high-performance ARM-A72 cores and four energy-efficient Cortex-A53 cores. It sports a rear fingerprint sensor, a 3,930 mAh battery that charges via USB Type-C port, and two storage and RAM configurations: 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage. (The latter can be expanded via a microSD card slot in the second SIM slot of the hybrid SIM/micro SD card tray.)
The U11 Eyes houses a 5.99-inch Super LCD3 Full HD+ screen (2160×1080) in an IP67 water- and dust-resistant wrap-around all-glass casing, which means it can withstand water in depths of up to one meter (3.3 feet) for 30 minutes. Its dual selfie camera consists of two 5MP, f/2.2 aperture 80-degree front-facing sensors above the screen, and it has roughly the same main camera as the HTC U11 — a 12MP, f/1.7 aperture shooter with HDR Boost, bokeh mode and beauty mode, augmented reality stickers, and optical image stabilization that’s capable of some excellent shots.
In terms of software, the U11 Eyes ships with Android Oreo and HTC’s squeezable Edge Sense technology, which lets you launch apps and actions by gripping the phone’s sides tightly. HTC says the U11 Eyes’s face unlock feature, which uses the phone’s front-facing cameras, is smart enough to recognize faces through sunglasses and breathing masks.
The HTC U11 comes in Solar Red, Amazing Silver, and Ceramic Black colors, and the 64GB version will retail for 3,898 yen (about $500) in Hong Kong from Wednesday. It’s unclear when (and if) it will come to other countries, but if it does, we’ll let you know. You can check out the official announcement from HTC at the source link.
Last week we saw a few leaks regarding the HTC U11 EYEs, and now the device has been officially unveiled. The device rests in the mid-range market and marks the second HTC device to launch with a 2:1 display after the HTC U11 Plus.
As for specs, the U11 EYEs features a Snapdragon 652 chipset, which has been coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The display itself measures in at 6-inches and features a resolution of 2160 x 1080.
When it comes to the cameras, this is where things get interesting as the U11 EYEs features dual 5MP selfie cameras. These 5MP sensors feature an aperture of f/2.2 and also include HDR capabilities.
Moving to the rear, HTC has included a 12-Ultrapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture and a dual-LED flash. The rear sensor also features phase detection autofocus, OIS, and is capable of shooting 4K video.
Rounding out the spec list, the U11 EYEs includes a 3,930mAh battery with USB Type-C, as well as IP67 water & dust resistance and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Finally, the U11 EYEs is running Android Oreo out of the box, which is a nice touch to make sure owners of the device don’t have to worry about getting the latest version of Android.
In the box, you will get a pair of HTC’s USonic headphones, which feature active noise reduction, and the device is also equipped with the company’s Edge Sense technology. Pricing for the U11 EYEs starts around $512 when the device launches in China on Wednesday.
As expected, we aren’t sure as to if this device will make its way to the US market, or if it will stick to Asian and European markets. Let us know what you think about the U11 EYEs in the comments below.
Just a few days ago word surfaced that HTC was planning on launching a new mid-range handset under the U11 brand.
Now the HTC U11 EYEs is official with most of the rumored specifications included. That means it’s got a 6-inch Super LCD 3 display with a resolution of 1080×2160, and under the hood there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of built-in storage. It also supports a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and the battery measures in at 3930mAh.
The biggest focus of the U11 EYEs are the cameras. There is only a single camera on the back of the handset which is a 12MP UltraPixel shooter with an f/1.7 aperture. It offers optical image stabilization and HDR Boost mode as well. Around front there are a pair of 5MP cameras which include support for bokeh effect, screen flash, HDR Boost, and apertures of f/2.2.
The HTC U11 EYEs also boasts Edge Sense support so owners will be able to squeeze their device to control certain software actions. Other features of the HTC U11 EYEs include NFC, HTC Sense Companion, USB Type-C for charging, and IP67-rated for water and dust resistance. Unfortunately, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack here. The new smartphone does support Face Unlock, though, which can be accessed by squeezing the sides of the phone.
The U11 EYEs goes on sale in Hong Kong beginning Wednesday, January 17 for HK$3,898 (about $500). It will be available in blue, red, and black when it goes on sale. There’s no word on a launch beyond Hong Kong yet.
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