The HTC U 11 is expected to be unveiled on May 16, and it will be the successor to the HTC 10. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

The specs for the HTC U 11, HTC’s flagship smartphone for 2017 and successor to last year’s HTC 10, has seemingly been leaked online. The device’s specs were spotted on an allegedly leaked retail box graphic from HTC.

The retail box graphic, which was shared by Gear India, shows that the HTC U 11 will come with a 5.5-inch QHD display that will be covered in Gorilla Glass 5. The screen size is similar to the HTC 10 Evo. Under the hood, the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the same chipset that’s on Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 plus.

The infographic shows that the device it houses is a dual-SIM model with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. A previous GeekBench leak showed that the HTC U 11 is supposed to only have 4GB of RAM. Taking that into account, it’s likely that there will also be a model with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, accoridng to GSM Arena. The infographic also shows that the device will have microSD card support of up to 2TB.


As for cameras, the HTC U 11’s rear-facing shooter comes with a 12-megapixel sensor and an f/1.7 aperture lens. The camera is also said to feature optical image stabilization (OIS), HTC’s UltraPixel 3 and UltraSpeed AF software. Up front, the HTC U 11 is equipped with a 16-megapixel camera that’s capable of taking “Selfie Panorama.”

The device will also feature HTC’s Boomsound audio technology, HTC Usonic Active Noise Cancellation, 3D Audio Recording, hi-resolution audio playback, a fingerprint scanner, NFC, 4G LTE and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging of its 3,000 mAh battery. The most important feature that the leaked retail box graphic confirms is that HTC U 11 will come with the feature called Edge Sense.

HTC’s Edge Sense was first outed last year as a feature called Sense Touch. VentureBeat’s Evan Blass delved deeper into the Edge Sense this past March and revealed that it was arriving on HTC’s new flagship. At the time, the flagship was codenamed HTC Ocean.

Blass said that Edge Sense allows users to control a smartphone using gestures on its left and right sides. This is because the phone will feature an array of sensors embedded right into the metallic frame. Gestures are said to be customizable, and users will also be able to squeeze the handset to trigger a specific action.

It’s expected that HTC will make Edge Sense it’s most important feature on the HTC U 11. Its a feature that hasn’t been seen before on any of its competitors, and it will help the HTC U 11 stand out from the rest.

Lastly, the HTC U 11 is expected to run Android 7.1 Nougat straight out of the box, with HTC’s Sense 9 UI running on top. So far, the handset seems like a powerful smartphone, but its IP57 water and dust resistant rating is probably its most disappointing feature.

HTC is expected to unveil the HTC U 11 on May 16.