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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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24.5h 3G talk time)

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14 Comments

1. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Should be cheaper*

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Correction: It better dang well be considerably cheaper.

3. A_A_A

Posts: 222; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

4. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

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

5. Joosty

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

This needs to be $650 at launch.

6. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

7. blackwildboar84

Posts: 14; Member since: May 13, 2017

pressure ball substitute

8. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

It better be!

9. Joosty

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

13. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

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

10. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

But will it be a waste of space?

11. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Sounds good

12. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 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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