In Europe the HTC U11 is now available for pre-order in Solar Red, which is arguably the most striking colour option on offer for the device. The HTC U11 is the Taiwanese company’s 2017 flagship smartphone, with the new handset using a radically different design to last year’s HTC 10.
While the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 look stunning from the front, the rear of the HTC U11 is what makes the handset stand out. HTC’s new smartphone employs what the company are calling a liquid glass surface, which uses a coating that is the result of a process known as optical spectrum hybrid deposition.
What this all means is that the rear of the HTC U11 looks distinctive, with a glossy colour that changes depending on the light. It is an effect that is most evident on the Solar Red edition of the handset.
There are four colour options in total, Brilliant Black, Amazing Silver and Ice White versions already on sale.
A pre-order can now be placed for the Solar Red model via HTC’s official website, with European pricing as follows:
- Sweden – Kr 7 490
- Norway – 7 190 kr
- Denmark – 5.790 Kr
- Germany – 749,00
- Czech Republic – 19 995 Kč
- UK – £649.00
Despite widespread agreement on the visual appeal of the HTC U11, there is less enthusiasm as far as the device’s inputs are concerned. The new handset does not include a 3.5 mm headphone jack, despite the fact that most Android smartphone manufacturers have retained the port on their high-end devices.
Personal audio is delivered via the HTC U11’s USB Type-C port, although this approach means that the handset cannot be changed while it is being used with a pair of USB-C headphones.
The HTC U11 is not the first device from the company to omit a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Last year’s HTC 10 evo/HTC Bolt also did not include the socket, with the practice continued with 2017’s HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra.