Re: another 85 seconds of my life googling
Nope, not really worth a thousand words, hence why I asked for it to be spelled out, for me the pictures just raised more questions than they answered for me.
For example - my first thought was that it's possible that HTC sell a separate USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor with built in DAC. like the LG G5 for example - that had a dedicated 3.5mm jack already, and you could purchase (for over a hundred quid) the additional DAC-and-3.5mm-jack as an add-on. Is the U11 like this, do you need to pay-to-play or is it included in the box? One cannot tell from the picture alone. It also seems odd that plugging in an adaptor would produce such a noticable (and presumably passive) power drain that the user needs to be informed that they should remove it when not in use. Why would this be? Can HTC not control power over peripherals, or is the battery life that dire that they need to make excuses?
My LG V20 supports USB-C audio, but also comes with a dedicated 3.5mm socket. It's also marketed at audiophiles with a quad-DAC onboard, no adaptors needed. It also doesn't power the DACs when no sound equipment is connected.
I also can't see an obvious microSD card slot anywhere on the images, and naturally if you're an audiophile you're going to need a few hundred GB for your .flac collection. If Samsung removed it then bought it back, a second tier manufacturer like HTC might just think removal is a sensible idea. Article not clear.
As a constructive suggestion - virtually every other site doing a phone review lists a big old list of specifications at the end. Heck, you can put it on a second page and serve up double the adverts to your readers too (for the 2% of reg readers that can't use adblockers). Time for El Reg to follow suit, in my humble opinion, for those of us who prefer the detail.