HTC, stop releasing too many U11 series handsets already!
Just last year, we saw HTC launching numerous U11 series handsets in the form of the original U11, U11 Plus, and U11 Life. And now, the Taiwanese-based company has launched yet another phone under the U11 family dubbed U11 Eyes. I don’t really know, but for some reason, I feel HTC should stop calling their phones U11 already. It’s just confusing!
In terms of design, the new handset looks pretty much like any U11 phones released so far. However, don’t expect the U11 Eyes to echo the performance of the original U11 or its Plus variant, as this one is just a budget-centric variant with midrange specifications. However, this so-called budget-friendly phone is not as budget-friendly as may have thought. It costs about $500 (HK$3898) for the 64GB version. Seriously, HTC? One could get a OnePlus 5/5T with high-end specs for that kind of price.
As far as specs are concerned, the U11 Eyes rocks an 18:9 6-inch display similar to the U11 Plus. It’s powered by Snapdragon 652 processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The camera department is handled by a 12MP, f/1.7 UltraPixel rear shooter, and dual 5MP front-facing cameras. To keep the juice flowing, there is a 3930mAh battery; the handset is water and dust resistant.
Though not sure at this point, folks at Engadget says the front cameras on this phone has the ability to distinguish real human face and that shown in a picture. So, it’s highly likely that it could come with face unlock feature similar to what we’ve seen on the iPhone X or OnePlus 5T. Also, even if it exists, we don’t know if it would be as secure as the iPhone X to authorize payments.
Similar to HTC U11 Plus, this one too lacks a headphone jack and the fingerprint reader is located at the rear. It’s available in three color variants — Red, Silver, and Black. The handset will go on sale in Hong Kong from Wednesday; however, the company has not shared any information on when the handset will be available in other parts of the world.