Noise-cancelling feature on new HTC earphones works on HTC U11 only



Last week, HTC introduced its new flagship phone, the HTC U11. This year, the company made it a point to listen to the demands from some of its fans by including an IP67 certification rating on the device. That means that the unit can be submerged in as much as 3.2-feet of water for as long as 30-minutes, and emerge unscathed. One area where HTC fans would have liked to have seen more done is with the battery. After stuffing a 4000mAh cell into the mid-range HTC One X10, the hope was that HTC would include a similarly sized power source on the U11. Unfortunately, HTC went with a 3000mAh battery on their new handset while many consumers would have been happier with 500mAh more.

HTC does provide buyers of the HTC U11 with a free pair of  noise-cancelling earphones right out of the box.  The power to run them comes from the Type-C USB port that they are plugged into, which leaves you with one less thing to worry about charging. Naturally, if you don't own the HTC U11 you are wondering whether the noise-cancelling feature will work if you employed the earphones on another HTC or non-HTC model. We recently heard from HTC's global PR chief Jeff Gordon who informed us that while the earphones are compatible with any phone that uses USB Type-C for audio (Gordon mentioned as examples the HTC U Ultra, HTC U Play and the HTC 10 EVO/ HTC Bolt), the noise-cancelling feature is limited to the HTC U11.

We also asked the HTC executive why the company decided to use a "squeeze" to activate Edge Sense instead of a button. Gordon said that buttons have a very limited functionality, while the sensors that work with Edge Sense have the potential to work with a number of different "touch-based interactions." In other words, HTC has a huge future planned for Edge Sense and Gordon says, "Squeezing is just the beginning."


source: HTC

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U11
  • 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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27 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"while the sensors that make Edge Sense possible have an enormous amount of future potential for a wide variety of touch-based interactions. Squeezing isjust the beginning."

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"while the sensors that make Edge Sense possible have an enormous amount of future potential for a wide variety of touch-based interactions. Squeezing is just the beginning." And the iFanatic websites like BGR will label it a gimmick.

4. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Squeezing a phone for features IS a gimmick.

16. Joosty

Posts: 486; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Lol is that so? I can see many uses for it already

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, just like you same short-sighted sheeple were not too long ago bahing "stylus is a gimmick" until the apple pencil brought the same thing to your herd... This is an innovative alternative to having many physical shortcut buttons along the side of the device, and brings one of the major benefits of having a physical keyboard (keyboard shortcuts, like on the Blackberry KeyONE) without the major drawback of having a physical keyboard built-in on a Smartphone (they're permanent and only for 1 language). I can already see many uses of it.

11. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

no one exactly goes to BGR for an honest review. The comments section on that site is cancer and their articles are trash 98% of the time. It's just annoying that sites like Yahoo cite them for pretty much all their tech news

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"no one exactly goes to BGR for an honest review." LMFAO...

13. Papa_Ji

Posts: 873; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

14. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

So what has apple got to do with this? I mean, whats the relationship here even?

3. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Tons of Xperiasupport noise cancelling

20. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes, I have the NC E31B nose canceling earphones and they work great (comparable to Bose's QC20) however those too are limited to Sony's proprietary 3.5mm 5 connection pole I used it on my Z3c and now on my XZ and is awesome, but the moment I plug them into a different device, noise canceling is gone and even then some devices with have issues connecting a regular 3 or 4 band pole to the 5 band and result on garbled sound. In my opinion the future of noise canceling is in Bluetooth headphones...

22. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I don't think Bluetooth headphone compares to these and Xperia earphones. These are complete non-battery operated and very small, so I can leave a cheap pair in my bag and on the odd occasion whether in the office or on a bus can still get the benefits of noise-cancelling. Bluetooth headphones are expensive, larger and must be charged. They more of when you know you are going to use it.

24. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Like I said... I have the Xperia's noise canceling headphones and they were as expensive as my Bluetooth ones... You can get Anker's Bluetooth headphones for 30$ in Amazon and they offer noise cancelation, long battery and sweat protection. I agree that the regular wired ones are good for having with me all the time... However I usually prefer wireless unless I'm getting on a plane, train or loud environment. Don't get me wrong, I love my noise canceling buds but they are as simply as they get... Not even a pause button on them... So I use them when I run out of battery from my pair

5. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I see no reason to get the HTC U11. Once they got rid of the Boomsound speakers, I lost what little interest I had in HTC devices.

15. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

The u11 has the boomsound feature, and it is louder than the 10

25. aknotts66

Posts: 3; Member since: May 24, 2017

While the speakers aren't front facing the speakers on the U11 are def boomsound. I can't link the video but theres a comparison on Youtube of the m9 vs the 11 and the surprisingly sounds better. The camera is top notch just look at the lowlight photos on reddit someone posted. The device is a beast.

26. USCarlos

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

These speakers are louder. The boomsound is there, just not dual front facing.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I vote Jeff Gordon for CEO. Make HTC great again.

7. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

3.2 inches? I believe IP67 means 3.3 feet submersion for 30 minutes.

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

yes, it does.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or 1 meter...

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Also, Alan F. it's 3.3 FEET, not inches! Please correct your stuff.

18. Alan01

Posts: 638; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Yes, I was thinking feet and inches came out of the keyboard. Thanks for the heads up. By the way, for those interested, IP68 offers protection to 1.5 meters or nearly 5 feet. Regards, Alan F.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Hi, Alan. It is the same error you did in one article. You said 3.5-inch jack, instead of 3.5mm jack. I can't remember the article in which you wrote that, but I can remember a user's comment about that error: "3.5-inch jack? Is it a new standard? Lol" Regards, T_H

21. Alan01

Posts: 638; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Not that it's an excuse, but after writing about 5-inch screens for so long, the muscle memory in my hand wants to type inch even when I mean feet! Alan F.

23. AnnDroid

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I'm interest in the speakers and the camera. Shame though, I'll wait until I can compare this to the Pixel 2.

27. USCarlos

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

Speakers and camera are both excellent. Check my photos on Instagram and Twitter for samples.

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