HTC has announced a new handset called the U11 Eyes. As is perfectly clear, the phone falls in the U11 lineup the company introduced last year with the U11, U11 Life, and U11 Plus. With the Eyes, HTC is focusing in on selfies and how versatile they can make them.
With the U11 Eyes, you’re getting dual front-facing 5MP cameras. While that doesn’t sound great, the feature list is pretty impressive. You can take bokeh-style selfies like on the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 by using depth information from the secondary lens. There’s stickers to add a bit of flair to your photographs (and to act as a replacement for Snapchat). A beauty mode smooths over skin tones and, apparently, makes you more beautiful. There’s just a ton of features that your inner teenager may appreciate.
But if you’re not the kind to take many selfies, this phone probably isn’t for you. The U11 Eyes is just an average mid-ranger when stripping the device of its front-facing camera capabilities. There’s an 18:9 6-inch Full HD+ display on the front, Snapdragon 652 processor and 4GB of RAM inside, 64GB of storage, Edge Sense (allowing you to squeeze your phone to perform various actions), USB-C, and a 12MP rear camera. There’s Face Unlock that HTC says can’t be tricked by a photo of you and a pretty big 3,930mAh battery powers the entire experience. Other than this, though, there isn’t much the U11 Eyes has going for it.
That being said, if you’re interested in picking it up, it’ll only be launching in Hong Kong and should cost around HK$3,200 (roughly $400-$500 USD). We’re not sure when it’ll launch but it should be in the coming weeks.