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HTC U11 EYEs unveiled with 18:9 display, dual front cameras, and 3930mAh battery

Renders of the HTC U11 EYEs leaked late last week, and the phone is now official (opens in new tab). The highlight of the phone is a dual 5MP camera setup at the front with f/2.2 lenses, HDR, 80-degree field of view, and portrait mode. The U11 EYEs also has a 3930mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, which is the largest battery on an HTC smartphone yet.

Other specs include a 6.0-inch 18:9 display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080, Snapdragon 652, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 12MP UltraPixel 3 rear camera with OIS, PDAF, dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording, Ip67 dust and water resistance, and USB-C connectivity. The U11 EYEs retains the Edge Sense feature introduced in the U11, giving you the ability to squeeze the sides of the frame to perform actions like launching the Google Assistant or opening the camera.

On the software front, the device is running Oreo out of the box, unlike earlier rumors that hinted at Nougat. However, like recent HTC phones, there's no 3.5mm jack, so you'll have to switch to wireless audio or use a dongle to hook up your wired audio gear.

The U11 EYES will go on sale later this month in China for the equivalent of $465 (¥2,999), and will hit Taiwan on February for NT$14,900 ($505). There's no information regarding availability outside of Asia, but we'll let you know once that changes. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on HTC's latest phone? Let us know in the comments below.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Typo, 652 processer!
  • Typo, processor. Ha!
  • Thanks for pointing it out. Fixed!
  • $500 for SD 625. Alright then
  • You're not just paying for the processor. You're paying for the camera capabilities, water resistance, squeeze functionality etc... It's a $465 smartphone. The Galaxy S8 started at what, $800? Maybe at $399 it would be more enticing but at $465 it's definitely not a bad price at introduction.
  • Processor makes a huge deal when it comes to pricing. For $500 you can get a better phone like the 5T
  • Because what it is important to you must be important to everyone?
    What are my must-haves when I buy phones? Real dual sim (not second hybrid slot), sd card slot and overall OK-ish specs. That it has the latest of the latest processor is not really important to me.
  • Great. Enjoy it
  • As usual HTC is a bit overpriced. It usually was. But the features it packed seems really good with the exception of processor. Not sure why they have to choose older processor
  • And they wonder why they aren't selling a lot...
  • Not the "largest battery on a HTC smartphone yet".3930mAh is the same size battery as the U11+. Really hoping these guys get relevant again as they make some great phones.
  • Dual 5mp front cameras... Ask LG what craptastic pictures it got out of theirs.
  • Totally agree. 8MP should be the standard for front facing cameras. My old LG G4 has an 8MP front camera.
  • Everything sounds great except the 500.00 dollar price for a 600 series processer. Why HTC? Isn't it about time to replace your CEO & upper management. Overpriced, underpowered, no marketing & no carrier support here in the US! YIKES!
  • That is actually a pretty damn good looking phone. Has HTC moved on from there ****** super LCD's of M series?
  • What's wrong w/ the SLCD?
  • Nothing. The U11 screen looks better than the LG V30 screen when I hold them side by side.
  • i LOVE my HTC U11 i just dont love Sprint so i had to get rid of it cuz i had a lease. i got the Moto Zforce 2 to basically replace it when i went to Tmobile. The Zforce 2 is kind of a poor substitute even with the JBL speaker mod, i suppose though at 375.00 no money down and 15.00 a month its a good deal. Im hoping TMOBILE will get the HTC U12 ill pay this off and get that
  • I guess battery life doesn't matter anymore? Large battery with a midrange SOC is a good combo for someone looking for a marathon device.
  • How does the snapdragon 652 compare to previous flagship 800 series chips like the 800 or 820? I think that will make it easier to decide if a current mid tier phone is better than a prior flagship phone.
  • i think the 652 is capable enough and compares to the 810 [without the 810 heating issues] You may not want it for hardcore gaming or 30 pages open Chrome, but for everything else it should be sufficient.
    Heres a story on how it compares to the 820 by AA.
  • Awesome, thx. I feel like there should be more of these kinds of articles. Preferably the link for the comparison with-in the article about the mid range phone.
  • The 652 processer is two yrs old. Why would HTC use this? There are much better processers around. I think this is 2018 correct? The phone has some very nice features but the processer kills it! Plus the price 500.00!