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    Sprint Is Exclusive Launch Partner for HTC’s New Squeezable, Alexa-Enabled Flagship

    https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/20...flagship-phone


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    HTC is shaking up how you interact with your smartphone with the launch of its new squeezable HTC U11 flagship on Tuesday.

    The glass-cased device comes with a new feature called Edge Sense, which allows users to apply pressure to the sides of the phone to quickly launch various applications like the talk-to-text, email, camera, or virtual assistant functions. HTC said the feature is customizable – both in terms of what function is launched and how much pressure needs to be applied to launch it. The company noted even squeeze duration, either a short press or squeeze and hold, can be specified to add more functionality.

    Unlike other touch screen functions that require an actual finger on the display, HTC said Edge Sense is dependent only on the pressure applied. That, the company said, means you can use the feature while wearing gloves or in inclement weather situations.

    HTC is also adding new virtual assistant functionality to the U11 with the incorporation of Amazon’s Alexa. While Huawei introduced support for Alexa via an app on its Mate 9 device earlier this year, HTC said Alexa will come already baked into the U11.

    Alexa will be one of three AI brains included in the device alongside HTC’s own Sense Companion and Google Assistant. The full extent of Alexa’s capabilities is unclear, but HTC indicated users will be able to control smart home products, ask for news, weather, and music, and utilize some of the other 12,000 tools available in the Alexa skill store. The Alexa voice service will be available to customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany, the company said.

    Speaking of U.S. customers, HTC said it has partnered with Sprint as its exclusive stateside launch partner. That means the U11 will come with Sprint’s new HPUE technology enabled – making it the fourth such device in Sprint’s lineup.

    Some other key specs to know before you buy include the U11’s water resistant body and lack of a headphone jack. The device comes with a 5.5-inch display, liquid-finish glass body, 64 Gb of storage, a 16 mp front camera, 12 mp main camera, a 3,000 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. The U11 also runs Android 7.1 on a Snapdragon 835 processor.

    Sprint will reportedly offer the HTC U11 in Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black on presale starting today. The device will hit Sprint retail stores on June 9. The U11 will run Sprint customers $0 down and $29 per month for 24 months (or $696 retail). The carrier is throwing in two Amazon Echo Dots with U11 preorders for a limited time.

    For those not on Team Yellow, an unlocked version of the HTC U11 in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, and Amazing Silver will be available for presale beginning today at htc.com and amazon.com, shipping in June.



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    Quote Originally Posted by @TheRealDanny View Post
    https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/20...flagship-phone


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    HTC is shaking up how you interact with your smartphone with the launch of its new squeezable HTC U11 flagship on Tuesday.

    The glass-cased device comes with a new feature called Edge Sense, which allows users to apply pressure to the sides of the phone to quickly launch various applications like the talk-to-text, email, camera, or virtual assistant functions. HTC said the feature is customizable – both in terms of what function is launched and how much pressure needs to be applied to launch it. The company noted even squeeze duration, either a short press or squeeze and hold, can be specified to add more functionality.

    Unlike other touch screen functions that require an actual finger on the display, HTC said Edge Sense is dependent only on the pressure applied. That, the company said, means you can use the feature while wearing gloves or in inclement weather situations.

    HTC is also adding new virtual assistant functionality to the U11 with the incorporation of Amazon’s Alexa. While Huawei introduced support for Alexa via an app on its Mate 9 device earlier this year, HTC said Alexa will come already baked into the U11.

    Alexa will be one of three AI brains included in the device alongside HTC’s own Sense Companion and Google Assistant. The full extent of Alexa’s capabilities is unclear, but HTC indicated users will be able to control smart home products, ask for news, weather, and music, and utilize some of the other 12,000 tools available in the Alexa skill store. The Alexa voice service will be available to customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany, the company said.

    Speaking of U.S. customers, HTC said it has partnered with Sprint as its exclusive stateside launch partner. That means the U11 will come with Sprint’s new HPUE technology enabled – making it the fourth such device in Sprint’s lineup.

    Some other key specs to know before you buy include the U11’s water resistant body and lack of a headphone jack. The device comes with a 5.5-inch display, liquid-finish glass body, 64 Gb of storage, a 16 mp front camera, 12 mp main camera, a 3,000 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. The U11 also runs Android 7.1 on a Snapdragon 835 processor.

    Sprint will reportedly offer the HTC U11 in Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black on presale starting today. The device will hit Sprint retail stores on June 9. The U11 will run Sprint customers $0 down and $29 per month for 24 months (or $696 retail). The carrier is throwing in two Amazon Echo Dots with U11 preorders for a limited time.

    For those not on Team Yellow, an unlocked version of the HTC U11 in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, and Amazing Silver will be available for presale beginning today at htc.com and amazon.com, shipping in June.



    HTC own website says you can order it from Verizon. Unlocked for GSM. So it's not really a exclusive.

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    HTC is going against the grain & betting big on bezels.. first ultra and now this.. big screen, big bezels = giant phone. I hope this pressure sensitive thing is not just a gimmick, otherwise hard to see anyone choosing this over others in same price range

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    It's as if HTC is giving up on selling their phones. Why in the world would they want to ink an exclusive carrier deal, esp with Sprint? That's almost as bad as if HTC had an exclusive deal with MetroPCS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam73065 View Post
    It's as if HTC is giving up on selling their phones. Why in the world would they want to ink an exclusive carrier deal, esp with Sprint? That's almost as bad as if HTC had an exclusive deal with MetroPCS.
    It depends on how much the other carriers want to play with them... reminds me of Nokia/Windows Phone and AT&T -- it got to a point where AT&T was the only carrier who wanted to carry them so they just signed exclusives since the other carriers weren't pushing Windows Phones at all. If Sprint markets the crap out of the device, and if it is a "hit" it can do well for both the carrier and manufacturer.

    That said, I feel HTC may have another flop... if this had an AMOLED screen, that was actually curved... AND did the squeeze thing, I could see this being a huge hit. But it's an LCD screen which, although many on these forums say looks more naturual, doesn't "pop" as much as a AMOLED screen -- and they have the big bezels with rounded glass, not a wraparound screen like the S8. I honestly prefer AMOLED screens as they don't wash out and are easier on my eyes.

    HTC has used AMOLED screens before... I have the HTC One A9 as my primary phone. I love HTC phones -- and although this isn't their highest end device, it has a perfect iPhone-like form yet is Android -- and an AMOLED screen -- which is something I hope Apple actually adopts -- and has suited my needs great. In fact I went from an M9 to an A9, and have stuck with it... the only phone out that feels similar and is an upgrade is the Huawei P9/P10 but those won't work with Sprint.

    So we shall see... I'm not sure what to think here. On the plus side it is a Sprint phone... so I can give it a try -- and I probably will. If I don't care for it, I'll go back to my One A9... that has been the phone that I've truly loved, and wished HTC would develop an ultra high-end version of. I really didn't think I'd love it due to the mid range specs but it is amazingly designed and surprisingly fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam73065 View Post
    It's as if HTC is giving up on selling their phones. Why in the world would they want to ink an exclusive carrier deal, esp with Sprint? That's almost as bad as if HTC had an exclusive deal with MetroPCS.
    If you think about it this phone might do much much better as a Metro PCS exclusive. Upper mid range phone coupled with good rate plans, good service and a very loyal following.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam73065 View Post
    It's as if HTC is giving up on selling their phones. Why in the world would they want to ink an exclusive carrier deal, esp with Sprint? That's almost as bad as if HTC had an exclusive deal with MetroPCS.
    Found this funny actually. The difference is though people on Sprint can finance it, nobody is going into metro pcs and dropping 500 on a metro branded device, they'd be out of their minds. Metro gets by with 50 dollar Samsung's, 90 dollar ztes and 100 dollar lg's. Then whenever another mvno offers a better deal on a port in they leave. Metros churn rate was above 4 last quarter. The only exclusives that works on metro are junk ZTE devices. As I said at least it can be financed through Sprint so some will buy it from Sprint, personally I think just selling it unlocked also is fine, why even offer it through a carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam73065 View Post
    It's as if HTC is giving up on selling their phones. Why in the world would they want to ink an exclusive carrier deal, esp with Sprint? That's almost as bad as if HTC had an exclusive deal with MetroPCS.
    If you look at HTC own website you can buy this phone for use on any carrier. The Sprint thing sounds like they are the only one selling it in store.

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