- Top-tier specifications
- Useful "Edge Sense" squeeze gesture
- Water and dust resistant
- Looks great
- Stunning low-light camera performance
- Questionable durability
- Battery capacity is not stellar
- Average battery life
- Sense Companion not ready yet
- No analogue headphone jack (an adapter is provided but you can't charge it and listen to the music at the same time)
HTC’s flagship model is here, exporting the new ultra shiny new design language, the HTC U11 got some pretty sweet features, louder stereo speakers, full water resistance and a squeeze feature, I guess, we are nasphones.com and this is our review of the HTC U11 .
starting with the unboxing, HTC has included a bunch of things in the box, USBC 2 USB cable, quick charge 2.0 wall adapter, X earbuds, 3.5 millimeter to USBC adapter, a clear case, cleaning cloth, which you will need by the way, and a unique HTC sim tool, know that this is a colonies unit, so your package content might be different .
the HTC U11 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with either 4 or 6 gigabytes of RAM depending on the market, HTC space model will come with 64 gigabytes of expandable storage while these six gigabyte RAM model will get double that storage .
the first thing that the HTC U11 will do is draw your attention to that shiny back glass, HTC has shed ik metal unibody exterior and has opted for something new and extravagant .
the back glass is made of progressively curved acrylic glass five, which organically forms to the shape of your hand, the glass is then coated with reflective minerals which give this brilliant black screen hues while the amazing silver model features tinges of blue .
the downside to this pretty new glass is how frequently they will be cleaning the accumulated fingerprints, not to mention it’s just begging this clip out of your hand, you’ll probably want to keep it in a case or use a clear protector .
on the front there’s a 5.5 inches Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen display with quad HD resolution, above it a 16 megapixel front camera, which no longer has either optical image stabilization or autofocus, two things that were unique to the HTC 10 selfie camera .
below the display is a fingerprint scanner that doubles as the home team along with capacitive navigation button, underneath our mic, speaker slot and a USBC port, which is the only port on the phone since there’s no 3.5 millimeter headphone jack .
although that speaker slot and the earpiece are smaller this time around, boom sound is louder and clearer than ever before .
though there’s no longer a headphone jack, HTC has a pretty good reason why, it’s included boo sonic earbuds are connected via the USB port, which offers additional features like active noise cancellation and a custom profile for your ears .
background noise is processed and cancelled through the actual device itself rather than in the earbuds, this grants active noise cancellation to an otherwise ordinary looking pair of earbuds, in addition they can be tuned to your ear canal, the whole process takes less than five seconds after initiating the calibration and the resulting sound is top-shelf .
comparing them to any other pair of bundled earbuds is night and day these are definitely a pair you’ll want to try out .
on the top is a SIM tray with a micro SD slot and a noise cancelling microphone, along with three other microphones the HTC U11 listens for a hot word to wake either google assistant or even Amazon Alexa .
the edges of the phone are embedded with pressure sensors, so when pressure is applied the phone will perform a preset shortcut or action, you can program actions or apps for a short or long squeeze .
while HTC says this allows you to use the phone with gloves on, we think an extra customisable he would have been enough, the HTC U11’s Sense UI is the leanest and closest to stock Android we’ve ever seen it .
HTC spent no time reinventing the wheel with a half-baked assistant, instead the htc companion app offers predictive suggestions that complement Google assistant functionalities and learns more about you the more you use that HTC U11 .
it monitors your usage behavior and location to recommend nearby places or it can remind you to charge your phone if your calendar says you’re heading to a party after working .
the HTC U11 battery life was pretty good, in our endurance test HTC U11 scored 73 hours overall, it should last you a full day, unless you’re a heavy power user which means you heavily use a lot more power .
thumbs up for quick charge 3.0 which charged the new HTC U11 which charge the battery from 0 to 53% in 30 minutes .
the HTC U11 camera is 12 MP sensor with dual pixel autofocus f/1.7 aperture and dual LED flash, HTC was really hyped about the camera at a launch event, with the result of 19, the HTC U11 got the highest score of any smartphone tested at DXO, so naturally we had high expectations for the camera .
unsurprisingly the camera took excellent shots, colors are almost always spot-on and well balanced, while details are clean and crisp, the camera’s HDR auto mode works a lot like the Google pixels, though it’s called HDR boost on the HTC U11 .
the continuously stacked frames into a buffer up until the moment you hit that shutter button, this brightens shadows and suppresses highlights without making images look unnatural as some phones tend to do with HDR .
Selfie are 16 megapixels and look great, it does better than most at exposing for a selfie even if lighting conditions aren’t favorable, low-light performance is also great on the HTC U11, its F1.7 aperture brings it right up to par with the Galaxy s8, though you’ll definitely get better night shots if you expose the image yourself .
auto mode tanks to crank the ISO past 1000 which introduces a lot of noise, low-light selfies on the other hand weren’t too bad, while there is a lot of expected noise images are these only exposed and the front-facing flash works in a pinch .
with that we’ve reached video, the HTC U11 can record 4k video and thanks to its dual pixel autofocus the camera is able to quickly refocus to a sudden change in subject .
two features exclusive to HTC or its 3d sound recording, which technically isn’t 3d since audio is still recorded in stereo but what does stand out from the rest is the new acoustic focus feature .
what’s unfortunate about the HTC U11 is an uninformed buyer may just dismiss it because it’s neither an iphone or galaxy, now while the HTC U11 looks promising, last year’s HTC 10 was also a great smartphone, but it didn’t get the credit it deserved in this rough and tumble industry that is the smartphone biz .
the HTC U11 price point puts it right in line with the iPhone 7 and Google pixel at $650, with an unmatched audio experience, excellent performing camera and a unique attention-grabbing design well at least from the back, the HTC U11 is sure to satisfy the audio file or seasoned photographer in you .
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Specification: HTC U11
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/75 Mbps
Available. Released 2017, June
153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm (6.06 x 2.99 x 0.31 in)
169 g (5.96 oz)
Front/back glass, aluminum frame
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2 (~71.4% screen-to-body ratio)
1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~534 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Android 7.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo); Sense UI
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm)
Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
|Memory Card Slot||
microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
12 MP, f/1.7, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, 5-axis OIS, Single
Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, HDR, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec.
16 MP, f/2.0
|Selfie Camera Video||
Yes, with stereo speakers
24-bit/192kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
4.2, A2DP, LE (5.0 after SW update)
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 3.0), Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Up to 336 h (3G)
Up to 24 h 30 min (3G)
Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Solar Red
About 370 EUR