Updated on 2017-12-03 by Geetansh Arora
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HTC announced the very famous HTC U11 in May 2017, which was released later in June 2017. The smartphone boasts a clean and premium “Liquid” design with glass and metal components. The back of the phone is a liquid glass, that looks amazing and is shiny but attracts a lot of fingerprint, which needs to be cleaned. The device has a big 5.5-inch screen upfront which is a super LCD Panel, at a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio making a giant pixel density of ~534 PPI. The display is an absolute stunner with vivid and accurate colours. On top of that beautiful screen, you have a corning gorilla glass 5 making the device scratch resistant as well.
The phone is not the thinnest at 7.9mm and weighs a decent 169 grams. At the heart of this beauty is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, coupled with a massive 6GB of RAM. This translates to super smooth multitasking performance in daily usage as you can see the specs are flagship-grade and so you shouldn’t expect anything less from HTC U11. There’s not much to talk about performance here, for the numbers’ sake, HTC U11 has a GeekBench score of 6125 on multi-core which is on the top end of the spectrum, the same reflects with a single core score of 1993. On the AnTuTu Benchmark score, the HTC U11 is a true performer with a jaw-dropping score of 177343, something very equivalent on the lines of Google Pixel 2 XL. In real life, bet you won’t find any lags at mostly anything you can throw at this smartphone. It doesn’t get hot while using, but intense gaming over longer durations might make the mercury go up. What’s great is that HTC U11 comes with 128GB of onboard storage that’s just twice the tradition which as it turns out is expandable up to 2TB via MicroSD.
The HTC U11 carries the same astonishing camera performance found in HTC smartphones. The primary sensor on this beast is a 12MP and f 1.7 aperture with all the usual specs, Auto Focus, Phase Detection slow motion video recording and more. The camera is great and the DxO mark score of 90 speaks for itself. It's not as good as the Pixel or the new iPhones but it certainly is top of the line, for a common man you won’t be able to discern between.
On the front, you have a 16MP sensor for selfies, with which it doesn’t leave you anything to complain about. The wider aperture lets more light into the sensor making it a great companion for low light photography. The snaps are great with natural colours not too much saturated like the ones of the Galaxy lineup. There’s also pro-mode in the camera app for greater control. Dynamic Range on this one is absolutely staggering. Images come out sharp and clean even in suboptimal conditions. The front camera lacks autofocus and isn’t exactly on the level with the rear sensor, still, it gets the job done nicely.
The HTC U11 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, which is getting the Oreo update now. YAY! Android Nougat is no doubt a year old OS but certainly isn’t bad. The Android experience on HTC U11 isn’t close to stock Android but it's not that annoying as well. HTC U11 as with other flagship devices shuns the headphone 3.5mm jack and bundles a converter and Type C in-ear headphones in the box. HTC U11 debuts with the squeeze edge feature that lets the phone perform any default set feature by squeezing the sides of the phone, this feature can also be seen in Google Pixel 2 XL.
The HTC U11 seems to be promising with the battery as well with a big 3000mAh battery that easily lasts a day with 5 hours of screen time. With normal usage, it can last easily for more than a day, the cherry on top being Quick charge 3.0, with the bundled fast charger. HTC U11 is one of those flagships which supports dual sim but with a hybrid sim slot, with 128GB of internal memory, this should not be an issue for most of the users.
Its worth mentioning that HTC’s flagship also is IP67 certified that makes it a tough smartphone for water and dust resistance. Read the detailed IP rating description here.
HTC U11 at the first look might seem overpriced but is not, the performance, build and brand quality it offers is seamless. If you are looking to try some great flagship experience, leaving apart the Google and Apple phones, this phone is deemed to offer an enthralling user experience.
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HTC U11 though not a brand everyone carries or knows about, but the premium build and perfect quality of everything it ships are just mind boggling. HTC U11 with all its perfect features which one needs in a phones, surely sets up a good competition to other flagship from Google and Apple.