You know how we thought that the HTC U11 was going to be a beast of a smartphone? You know how we thought that the Edge Sense "squeeze" feature was quirky but could actually be useful? Now we can know for certain, because the new flagship smartphone has now been officially announced by HTC. And it's looking pretty spectacular.

The actual outward design of the new HTC U11 might not turn too many heads, like how the Infinity Display does for the Samsung Galaxy S8. It doesn't feature a nearly bezel-free design and for good reason. That's how you're able to take advantage of the Edge Sense to squeeze once or twice to quick launch into the apps of your choice. Squeeze one to open the camera, squeeze again to switch to the rear camera, and squeeze one more time to snap the photo.

And really, the camera is the biggest star on the HTC U11. In fact, it has received the highest DxOMark score ever at 90, beating out the Google Pixel (89), the Galaxy S8 (88), and the iPhone 7 Plus (86). This is true both for stills and videos, offering "vibrant colors and bright exposures," according to DxOMark.

Key specs include the speedy Snapdragon 835 processor, 5.5-inch Quad HD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, microSD expansion, Android 7.1 with HTC Sense, 12MP HTC UltraPixel 3 rear camera, 16MP f/2.0 selfie cam, 3000mAh fast charging battery, and IP67 certification.

Oh and if you're wondering why HTC went from an HTC 10 to an HTC U11, the "U" is because this phone "responds to U" via Edge Sense. It's also "available for U" starting next week with full distribution to follow early next month. Find it in your choice of Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Ice White, Solar Red and Brilliant Black.

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