HTC U11Confident face
79.3%
User Satisfaction
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Innovative squeeze gesture ease camera app use

"The long and short squeeze gestures are a really cool idea and this can be used with many application, including the camera app. This pressure sensor .."

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Camera

94.1% user satisfaction score (18 votes)
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Today I've spent a lot of time looking at the HTC U11 primary camera sample images taken by 賴 柏瑋 on Flickr. Not that I was overwhelmed with what I saw, because I expected the HTC U11 to perform good, buy this was maybe more than I was expecting. The HTC U11 low light was performance was really out...

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One of the HTC U11 great camera features is its HDR Boost feature. Unlike many other HDR features in other smartphones, the U11 boost the dynamic range even for moving subjects. Usually in many HDR functions, the camera takes several images and combined them to a single High Dynamic Range (HDR)...

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Supports 4K video recording with 3D Audio

The HTC U 11 is aligned with the latest flagship smartphone, offering 4K UHD video recording option, but it also can record 3D audio using its 4 omni-directional built-in microphones, which improves the audio quality and experience for those watching your 4K videos.

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The HTC U11 rear-facing camera sports what HTC calls a "full sensor auto-focus technology", which is the same dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus technology that is used in the Samsung Galaxy S8. In this technology, each pixel on the sensor has two photodiodes, which are used to calculate the...

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The HTC U11 rear camera features a 1/2.55" camera image sensor. According to many websites, the sensor is the 12.2MP Sony IMX362 sensor, which is the same sensor found in the Vivo Xplay 6, ZenFone 3 Zoom and Moto G5 Plus. This sensor enjoys a relatively large 1.4-micron pixels. It also boasts a very...

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Supports RAW shooting

The HTC U11 rear camera supports the RAW image format, so you can take pictures and use this image format to produce higher quality images and get better control over the image processing workflow when editing your RAW files on your home computer.

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The long and short squeeze gestures are a really cool idea and this can be used with many application, including the camera app. This pressure sensor that is built into the frame of the phone allows you to control the camera in many ways. For example, a short squeeze motion can turn on the camera...

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New DxOMark leader

As of its release, the HTC U11 passed Google Pixel and now is the new DxOMark mobile leader with a total of 90 score. Let's not forget that their other phone, the HTC 10 is in the third place as well, so good for HTC when it comes to the camera performance.

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Rear camera has tendency to overexpose

The HTC U11 rear camera has a tendency to overexpose, showing frequent blown-highlights in high exposure areas. I've seen a comparison on gsm arena, and it shows the the S8 for examples suffers less from this, probably due to a higher dynamic range.

Performance & Hardware

66.7% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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Expandable storage

The HTC U11 comes with a microSD card, which allows you to expand over its 64GB internal storage space. Great for people how install lots of apps and games and take a lot of pictures and videos, like myself.

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Uses the most powerful SoC to date, the Snapdragon 835

The HTC U11 comes equipped with one of the most powerful SoC to date, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835. You get all the power needed to run the most demanding 3D games and app out there with fantastic multi-tasking zero-lag performance, just pure and fast enjoyment of everything your phone offers.

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Not compatible with Google Daydream VR platform

The HTC U11 has a LCD display not Super AMOLED, so from my understanding and from what I've read on other website, it's not Daydream-ready, so you won't be able to run Daydream VR apps and games on it.

Design

66.7% user satisfaction score (6 votes)
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The HTC U11 has an IP67 water-ingress protection, which is the same as the iPhone 7. This means that the U11 phone can be submerged in fresh water up to 1 meter for a maximum of 30 minutes. It also has the high degree of dust protection ("Dust tight"). Having water-proof protection means that you...

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A large selection of colors to choose from

The HTC U11 is available in a large selection of stunning colors: Solar Red (just a stunning color, I would probably get this one), Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue and Ice White.

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The HTC U11 carries a beautiful stunning design. It uses what HTC calls an "Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition". The rear part of the phone is made of layers of highly-reflective minerals that makes the rear cover not just very reflective, but also changes the reflection like fluid with every moment...

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3D Gorilla Glass 5 provides high degree of protection against drops

The HTC U11 front glass uses the latest version of Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 for its front 3D glass, which gives a high degree of protection against drops and scratches.

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The Gorilla Glass 5 is known for its very durable drop protection and unfortunately, the rear glass feature Gorilla Glass 3, not the latest Gorilla Glass 5 like used in the front and unlike the Samsung Galaxy S8 that comes with GG5 on both the rear and front. On some Galaxy S8 durability tests the...

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Fingerprint magnet

The HTC U11 glass body easily cramps up fingerprints which takes away of its shiny beauty, but those fingerprints can easily wipe off of course.

Audio

66.7% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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Loud speakers

The HTC U11 sports loud speakers that provides a much better experience when listening to music or for hands-free conversation. It's noticeably louder and its predecessor as well, the HTC 10.

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ANC USB-C earbuds included in the box

The HTC U 11 might not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, but HTC was kind enough to include an ANC USB-C earbuds and a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter to work with your current headphones.

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No 3.5mm headphone jack

Why HTC had to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack? I just wonder why if Apple hadn't dropped in the iPhone, will HTC still would have kept it. Certainly a disadvantage for everyone who just want to enjoy his 3.5mm earphones without needing to deal with adapters.

Software/Apps

100% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Comes with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

The HTC U11 comes with two AI companions, both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in and ready to use straight out of the box. Those are the two most advanced AI assistant software available on the market right now, so great offering right there.

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Latest Android version as of its release

The HTC U11 features Android 7.1.1, the latest version of Android OS as of its release, so you can enjoy the latest features the moment you take the phone out of the box, no need to wait for an OS upgrade (although a new major version isn't too far ahead).

Cons
Usability
0% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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No tactile feedback for Squeeze gesture

The HTC U11 doesn't provide any tactile feedback for the squeeze gesture, just a buzz, which is quite unfortunate considering that it will be used quite a lot in many of the apps that support it and all the buzz HTC has done promoting it as a key feature.

Other

50% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
Pros
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3.5mm to USB-C adapter in the box

The HTC U11 comes bundled with a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter, so you don't need to break your head where to buy one or spend money on one, you have it straight away when you unbox your phone - great!

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Expensive

Not that it comes as a surprise, but if you want to buy the HTC U11, you'll have to shell out quite a lot £649 (UK Price), close to the price of the Galaxy S8.