HTC U 11 Tipped to Ditch 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Bundle USB Type-C Adapter

HTC U 11 Tipped to Ditch 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Bundle USB Type-C Adapter

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Highlights
  • HTC U 11 is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • It is tipped to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack
  • HTC will bundle the UCB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter

Almost all specification and design details of the HTC U 11 have been leaked, but the inclusion of the 3.5mm audio jack still remains a mystery. While early reports did surface claiming that the upcoming smartphone won't have the 3.5mm audio jack, recent reports did not lend any weight to the rumour. However, now a fresh leak suggests that the HTC U 11 will also ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, and bundle in a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter to help users with the transition.

Noted developer-tipster LlabTooFeR has tweeted claiming that the HTC U 11 will be come with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter inside the box, indirectly hinting the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack. The HTC U 11 will instead bundle USB Type-C based headphones, just like the Bolt and HTC U Ultra. HTC followed Apple's path by ditching the headphone jack on the HTC Bolt first in November 2016. The company followed the same trend with the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play smartphones launched in January.

All the three smartphones packed USB Type C-enabled headphones inside the box, but did not bundle the USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter. HTC looks to change that trend with the HTC U 11 launching on May 16 in Taiwan. The big highlight of the device is the Edge Sensor feature that brings sensors underneath the metal edge of the phone. These sensors are expected to perform multiple functions when the user taps or squeezes the metal edges. Based on past leaks, the edge sensors seem to be placed on the bottom half of the handset, right where one would normally grip the smartphone.

As for specifications, previous leaks suggest that the phone will be made available with a dual-SIM variant, run Android Nougat with HTC Sense UI & Edge Sense, and sport a 5.5-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is expected to pack Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC, and has been tipped to come with memory/ storage combination of 6GB of RAM/ 128GB built-in storage and 4GB of RAM/ 64GB built-in storage. The smartphone has been tipped to feature storage expandable up to 2TB.

In terms of optics, the HTC U 11 is expected to sport a 12-megapixel UltraPixel (possibly Sony IMX362 sensor) rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, dual-tone LED flash, and 4K video recording capabilities. At front, the phone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel (possibly Sony IMX351 sensor) with f/2.0 aperture, and 1080p video recording capability.

The HTC U 11 is expected to house a 3000mAh non-removable battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers options including 4G LTE (dual-SIM in some markets), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB 3.1 Type-C.

The fingerprint scanner embedded into its home button and come with water and dust resistance rating of IP57. In terms of audio features, the HTC U 11 is expected to offer HTC BoomSond, Hi-Res Audio, HTC Usonic (Active Noise Cancellation), and 3D Audio Recording.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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