HTC U11 smartphone test: the Galaxy S8 killer

Test results

Who would have thought: HTC U11 by the results of tests wins Galaxy S8 and takes the honorable second place of our respective rating. One of the important reasons for buying this smartphone can be called a camera that makes great photos and in its discipline receives the maximum score of 100 points. In addition, they have not forgotten about the excellent performance, and the rich equipment, which are quite comparable with the S8. And the battery allows the U11 to work a little longer than the S8.

Value for money: Good

Value for money: 68

Performance and management (35%): 98.5

Equipment (25%): 98.6

Battery (15%): 88.3

Display (15%): 89

Camera (10%): 100

HTC U11 with Edge Sense function: smartphone likes handshakes

In HTC U11, the case mutated into a button: the manufacturer built sensors in the lower part of the frame that track a strong depression. Currently, Edge Sense recognizes two “gestures”: a short and long press. How the system will respond to them can be customized – in part the actions vary depending on the situation.

The real star of the smartphone HTC U11 is its magnificent 12-megapixel camera. Such a good quality of photos we have not seen yet in any smartphone. Even the Galaxy S8, which still had the best rating in the corresponding test category, can not compare with U11 in this parameter. To optimize image quality, HTC uses the so-called HDR-Boost mode, which allows the smartphone to distinguish valid image information from digital artifacts and promises good quality photos even in twilight lighting.

The HTC U11 has as many as four differently directed microphones, which should provide not only accuracy in recognizing voice commands, but also when recording video can be used as a directional microphone to amplify the sound from a specific object – a great idea.

Who does not admire the almost frameless Edge-design of Galaxy S8 models from Samsung and their unusual widescreen image, can get a smartphone from HTC with more familiar standards. The 5.5-inch HTC U11 display has a classic aspect ratio of 16:9 and is surrounded by a laconic black frame. The LCD panel provides QHD resolution with 1440×2560 pixels – and refers, respectively, to a first-class High-End level.

The results of measurements confirm the high quality of the display. With 469 cd/m2, it is quite bright, although it could have a better chess contrast. The S8 screen is more dynamic.

In general, U11 can boast of very good quality performance. Besides, HTC U11 users should not be afraid of unexpected bathing – in accordance with IP 67 the smartphone is dustproof and waterproof.

Powerful processor and USB Type-C

Along with the Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium, HTC U11 is one of the first smartphones that are equipped with the Snapdragon 835 chip – it is currently one of the most powerful mobile processors. Accordingly, U11 not only reacts to commands lightning fast and offers solid graphics performance, but also supports data transfer speed through the LTE-module to 1 Gbit / s – of course, if the providers can provide this speed.

In addition, the built-in memory due to the use of the UFS 2.1 standard works extremely fast. In benchmarks, we measured 800 MB per second on reading and about 200 MB per second when recording. Thanks to USB Type-C, the data on the appropriately equipped PC is also transferred very quickly.

The size of RAM is 4 GB here, the nominal 64 GB of internal memory can be expanded with a microSD card. By the way, in Asia, the smartphone will be available in a version with 6 GB of RAM and built-in storage capacity of 128 GB.

The battery capacity is 3000 mAh – in this it is on par with the Galaxy S8. Nevertheless, the HTC U11 works a little longer than the regular S8, and in the online testing mode stands a good 10 hours 14 minutes

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