HTC U11 is a new Android flagship that wants to be squeezed

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Three new promo videos surfaced on HTC's official YouTube channel, all three of which were premiered during HTC's press conference in Taiwan. On the other hand, a long squeeze can be configured to launch the Google voice assistant or toggle the flashlight on and off.

This idea may sound a little unusual but Express.co.uk has travelled to HTC's launch event in Taiwan to give it a test.

HTC also plans to launch a tool through which one can customize the squeeze function. However, it seems that only the squeeze sensor will come along this new handset and there is no such touch sensitive frame. Also, in China HTC will be offering Baidu's DuerOS digital assistant.

There have been multiple leaks regarding the U11, the major one being the "Edge Sense" feature.

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The design also includes 3D glass on both front and back which has been created to make the device feel more secure and comfortable to hold. According to camera gurus, the HTC U11 camera scored 90 at DxoMark, making it the highest ever rated on the website. The HTC U11 follows the footsteps of the U Ultra and ditches the 3.5mm headphone and instead comes bundled wit HTC USonic USB-C earphones with improvised noise control feature. The successor to the HTC 10 sees the company coming with a new design. The HTC U11 follows the other two devices in the U lineup, U Ultra and U Play, that was released in February.

The rest of the U11's spec sheet reads like any other you'd expect for a high-end Android smartphone in mid-2017. You can get the phone in two configurations of 4GB RAM and 64GB storage or go for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.

The latest flagship by HTC also comes with an IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, which means it is dust tight and can withstand being immersed in up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes.

The HTC U11 comes with four microphones on board.

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The U11 is HTC's latest attempt to gain lost ground in the smartphone arena.

In terms of pricing and availability, HTC has announced that the handset can now be pre-ordered from Sprint where it is priced at $29 a month over 24 months and will be available come 9th of June.

HTC is also adding new virtual assistant functionality to the U11 with the incorporation of Amazon's Alexa.

But much like the HTC 10 from previous year, the U11 will likely be a solid device that gets the fundamentals right, and if that's what you want from a smartphone, it could be a compelling choice.

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We have been making the most of the different options of inputting our commands, with regards to smartphones.

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