HTC has released some flagships in the past few years. Now it came back with the HTC U11. For those who put hardware on top of your priority list, then this Smartphone is worth to buy. Not just high-end specs, but the design is also beautiful. Here’s a full review of the new device.
The HTC U11 looks fantastic with its shiny metallic glass design. The problem with this construction is it can be hard to hold, which is the case with this phone. Thankfully, although it is somewhat slippery, the sides have curves. They provide additional grip, so that you don’t easily drop it. On the right side, there are a volume rocker and a power button. Meanwhile, the speaker and mic are planted neatly at the bottom. This side also houses the USB-C charging port. The screen features 2 capacitive buttons. A home button sits comfortable next to it, which also acts as a fingerprint scanner. The color composition is very nice on the exterior. The same can be said about the bezels. They are very thin and tastefully designed.
On the front there is a 5.5-inch super LCD 5 display with a QHD resolution. It means that the screen can produce incredibly sharp images. The pixel density is at ~540ppi. Being detail is one thing, having great color reproduction is another. The colors feel natural although there is a bit of a problem with the contrast. If you’ve been accustomed to seeing AMOLED panels by Samsung, you will notice the difference. The brightness is decent even if you take it outdoors.
For a device at this price point, most of us would expect an outstanding camera. And the good news, despite the average audio quality, the HTC U11 delivers in this aspect. It is nearly impossible to take bad pictures with its 12-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera. The sensor may not be the largest, but the quality is all that matters. This phone is legit one of the best for those wanting a Smartphone with a superb camera. The shots are sharp, crisp, and colorful. Low-light performance is just as good. Even without much light in sight, the sensor is still capable of producing detailed shots. Many Android phones excel at outdoor photography, but fall short in low-light conditions. This one can make the most of both worlds. (Also read: LG V20 Review)
For performance, the HTC U11 relies on the Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM. This combination is decent, allowing you to play games without a problem. Gaming is a good indicator to measure the power of a processor. So far the new phone doesn’t disappoint in this aspect. You can browse with multiple tabs, stream videos, and edit documents simultaneously. The RAM is spacious, so it can handle plenty of running apps at the same time. Next, the audio is pretty decent although you might consider it a letdown. It sounds loud, but a bit fuzzy as the volume increases. This phone runs on Android 7.1.1, which is great as the latest version offers many new features. Also, it comes with a 3,000mAh battery. It can get you through a whole day, pretty impressive because other series are somewhat behind.
HTC U11 features:
- 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm (Size)
- 5.5-inch (2560×1440) Super LCD 5 display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage
- MicroSD card slot support
- 12MP rear camera with autofocus dual-LED flash, 16MP front-facing camera
- 3000mAh (non-removable) battery
- Android 7.1 Nougat