We reported a few days back that HTC was going to launch a more affordable HTC U11 Plus before the HTC U12 will be unveiled. The HTC U11 Eyes is more affordable than the company’s U11 Plus, and in order to be so, it compromises on power. Even so, it has some new features that users will definitely love, making it an appealing handset. In terms of design, not much has changed. Of course, the HTC U11 Eyes has a dual selfie camera, but that is only a minor change in the handset’s looks. Apart from this, the smartphone looks pretty much the same as the HTC U11 Plus did, it even has the same size.
The 6-inch display is now a Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, with a slightly lower resolution. Namely, the display of the HTC U11 Eyes offers a 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution display, while the screen on the HTC U11 Plus had a 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution. The protective glass also changed a little bit. Instead of the U11 Plus’s Corning Gorilla Glass 5, users will find the Gorilla Glass 3 on the HTC U11 Eyes. The biggest changes are in the power section. The HTC U11 Plus featured Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 835 flagship chipset. The HTC U11 Eyes, however, only comes with a Snapdragon 652 SoC. The handset includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, just like the base model of the U11 Plus. Naturally, it runs Android Oreo out of the box.
The HTC U11 Eyes might not be as powerful as the U11 Plus, however, it makes up for this with some new features. The dual front-facing cameras will certainly impress selfie fans. They deliver live bokeh effect, which supports re-focus after capture. Also, the HTC U11 Eyes features AR stickers for selfies. Even if you don’t like to take your own picture, this feature might hook you up.On the back, there is the same 12MP sensor that is capable of shooting some great videos.
Unfortunately, the BoomSound speakers are gone, so the audio experience ensured by the HTC U11 Eyes won’t be as great as it was in the case of the U11 Plus. Thankfully, the 3,930mAh battery remained the same, so the Eyes will be able to ensure a nice battery life too. The Edge Sense feature is also here to stay, just like the water-resistant body.
The HTC U11 Eyes will first become available in China. As a matter of fact, at this point, we don’t know exactly whether or when the handset will hit other markets too. The price of the new model is lower than the one of the HTC U11 Plus that launched in November. The new smartphone will reportedly cost somewhere around $410. This is an acceptable price tag for such a device.