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."