HTC has now confirmed that the HTC U11 will start offering Bluetooth 5.0 support as soon as it receives Android O update. It mentioned that even though the flagship features necessary hardware support for the new Bluetooth standard since the launch, it is the software support which is holding it back for now.
The HTC U11 has also received the mandatory Bluetooth certification to start offering Bluetooth 5.0 features. It means all you will need to wait for is to get the notification for Android O update. We already know that Google is rumored to release Android O next week but since HTC uses custom Sense UI, you might have to wait a little longer to get the update on your device.
Once Android O is made available for the HTC U11, you will not have to do anything besides installing the update. After this, the flagship will offer different Bluetooth 5.0 benefits like support for faster data transfer rate. But unfortunately, HTC’s flagship will not be offering larger distance range support which is also another new feature of the new Bluetooth standard. This is simply because of the reason that Bluetooth SIG does not require a device to support all of the new Bluetooth 5.0 features to get the certification.
The HTC U11 was launched in India about a couple of months ago. Here is a quick overview of specifications.
HTC U11 Specifications:
- 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Octa-core 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- 6GB of RAM
- 128GB of internal storage (expandable up to 2TB via microSD cards)
- 12-megapixel rear camera with HTC UltraPixel and UltraSpeed Autofocus, OIS, f/1.7aperture, and dual-LED flash
- 16-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and HDR Boost
- 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging
- HTC Sense UI based on Android Nougat 7.1
- HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers and USonic earphones with active noise cancellation
- NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, and IP67 certified for water and dust resistance