HTC may soon enable Bluetooth 5.0 on U11 smartphone via software update

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 31 Jul 2017
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  • The company has reportedly made an application to the FCC for enabling Bluetooth 5.0 via software without any hardware change

HTC may soon enable Bluetooth 5.0 on U11 smartphone via software update

It seems like HTC U11 users may soon be able to enjoy the benefits of having Bluetooth 5.0. Ausdroid.net reports that HTC has made an application to the FCC to “enable Bluetooth 5.0 by software without any hardware change.” This means that the company might soon release an update that will allow HTC U11 users to pair with any accessory that supports it. The new Bluetooth standard offers longer range, lower power use and higher transmission bandwidth. However, this would only work when both devices have Bluetooth 5.0. Currently, only a few smartphones offer Bluetooth 5.0. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and the OnePlus 5. 

The HTC U11 was launched last month in India at price of Rs 51,990. The device sports a metal and glass unibody design and a 5.5-inch QHD display. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 platform. The device is available in two variants, one with 4GB RAM/64GB storage and the other with 6GB RAM/128GB storage. The HTC U 11 also comes with a 12MP rear camera with a f/1.7 aperture lens with OIS and face detection autofocus. At the front is a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture lens. However, one of the most unique features of the smartphone is Edge Sense, which uses sensors embedded in the frame to trigger actions. Users can customise the pressure sensitivity and then user it to launch apps such as the camera. You can read our review of the HTC U11 here.

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