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HTC U 11 might be cheaper than the U Ultra

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HTC U 11 might be cheaper than the U Ultra

We're only about 72 hours away from the day when HTC will announce a new flagship smartphone - the HTC U 11. The handset should offer an attractive set of high-end specs, including a Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as a potentially innovative feature: Edge Sense, which lets you squeeze the device's frame in order to interact with the UI.

Being a high-end product, the HTC U 11 will certainly not be cheap. And yet it might not be too expensive, either. A recent report from Taiwan (HTC's home country) has it that the new flagship phone could be cheaper than the U Ultra - the first high-end smartphone released by HTC this year. Reportedly, the U 11 might cost less than $20,000 Taiwanese dollars ($662 US dollars) in the local market.

Of course, prices usually vary from country to country. But, if this report is correct, we certainly expect the HTC U 11 to be cheaper than the U Ultra in the US. As you may know, the U Ultra is currently sold for $749 unlocked, and we noted in our review of it that this high price is not justified (not considering what competing smartphones are offering).

Taiwanese website ePrice has it that the HTC U 11 should be available to pre-order starting May 19 (at least in Taiwan). If we talk about the US market, it's not clear if the new device will be released via carriers, or just unlocked (like the U Ultra). Anyhow, HTC should address all uncertainties come next week, once it announces the U 11.

source: ePrice (translated)

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posted on 13 May 2017, 09:43 7

1. Lumia_Luigi (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 Mar 2017)


Should be cheaper*

posted on 13 May 2017, 09:47 10

2. jellmoo (Posts: 1958; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Correction: It better dang well be considerably cheaper.

posted on 13 May 2017, 10:09 4

3. A_A_A (Posts: 64; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


Still doesn't matter for me how cheap it will be if it doesn't have 3.5 mm jack. $100 banknote is not a replacement of 3.5 mm jack.

posted on 13 May 2017, 10:45

4. Subie (Posts: 1308; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


If true, I definitely wouldn't have guessed this scenario. Not a bad move though.

posted on 13 May 2017, 10:49 2

5. Joosty (Posts: 226; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


This needs to be $650 at launch.

posted on 13 May 2017, 11:19 1

6. aegislash (Posts: 995; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


The squeezable frame sounds interesting now that we've seen screenshots of what it can do...price it right, and it could be a hit.

posted on 13 May 2017, 11:59 1

7. blackwildboar84 (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 May 2017)


pressure ball substitute

posted on 13 May 2017, 12:42

8. mobiledigger (Posts: 42; Member since: 24 Sep 2015)


It better be!

posted on 13 May 2017, 13:38 2

9. Joosty (Posts: 226; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


HTC needs to take a deep look at themselves in the mirror.

"Who Am I?"

In order to get back to their old success, they need to search for their soul.

They were the first to do the whole front speaker and aluminum body shenanigans. Dual Cameras. HiFi Audio. Please HTC...give me something I can feel (literally squeeze)

I am definitely no fan boy to any brand. My current daily is a iPhone 6S which I love.

But I have owned so many darn phones. HTC just gives you that good feeling.

posted on 14 May 2017, 00:31

13. Tabby_Tiger (Posts: 263; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


They were one of the first to have a 4 inch screen. Unfortunately they've lost most of their customers.

posted on 13 May 2017, 15:37

10. bossman (Posts: 229; Member since: 27 Jan 2016)


But will it be a waste of space?

posted on 13 May 2017, 15:53

11. combatmedic870 (Posts: 899; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Sounds good

posted on 14 May 2017, 00:26

12. Tabby_Tiger (Posts: 263; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


It'll be hard to steal all the attention that the Samsung S8 & S8+ is getting right now. Unless they produce something spectacular then expect HTC to have another bad year.

posted on 15 May 2017, 08:23

14. tokuzumi (Posts: 1173; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


I like my HTC 10, but if HTC goes the phablet route with the 11, I won't have any incentive to get one.

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