HTC 11 Review
Usually, HTC launches its flagship smartphones at the CES Mobile World Congress. In 2017, the company did launch two new smartphones HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra, but both were not the flagships. After the event, the company has launched its flagship smartphone, the HTC U 11. How good is the HTC U 11? Let’s check out in this review?
Design and Features
HTC U 11 looks similar to the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra, which means, there’s a glossy glass back on the device. Called as liquid surface, the HTC U 11’s front as well as the back have 3D glass surface that is a fingerprint magnet. Interestingly, the company has provided a soft cloth, like the one we get when buying sunglasses, to clean the glass surface. Also, the box packs in a transparent case for added protection. HTC U 11 features Edge Sense where there is a squeeze function wherein the edges have pressure sensors.
U11 is powered by Snapdragon 835 processor, with 4GB/6GB RAM and 64/128 GB. The battery consists of 3000 mAh capacity. The phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with Daydream VR support. Apart from Google Assistant support where the smartphone responds to Ók Google, Amazon Alexa
U Ultra features an 5.5-inch Quad HD display with Gorilla Glass 5. The phone is compact, is dust and water resistant (IP67-certified) and features a USB Type-C port for both audio and charging. The company provides the USB Type-C to 3.5 mm audio jack adapter in the box itself.
For many years, HTC has been providing its BoomSound technology and U11 is not left behind either. The Hi-Fi edition speakers also supports DAC.
Since Google Pixel, the DXOMark camera rating has been part of the marketing brochure in flagship smartphones.
HTC U11 boasts a DxOMark 90 which is the highest rated in the DxOMark history. The 16MP high-resolution camera includes both optical and electronic stabilization system, Auto HDR Boost and UltraSpeed Autofocus.
Snapdragon 835 is the latest processor from Qualcomm and therefore, as expected, the performance is very fast. In benchmark comparison, the HTC 11 outperforms the Samsung Galaxy S8+. Thanks to the 4GB RAM, which is quite sufficient, but then for even faster multitasking, the 6GB RAM that comes with 128GB memory premium version is more than sufficient.
The Edge Sense or the ‘Squeeze’ is not just a gimmick, but works and will prove useful once you use the smartphone for a couple of days. Whether its taking photos instantly, or text on the go, interacting with HTC 11 pressure sensors, is something, no one else thought about.
In the camera department, the HTC 11 is very impressive. It can capture lot of detail even in lowlight, needless to say the brilliant image it can capture in daylight. Thanks to optical and electronic stabilization, there is no blur when capturing motion shots.
Battery in HTC 11 is efficient too. The phone can last for 21 hours on a single charge while with extensive camera usage, the battery life can drop down to 13-14 hours. QuickCharge 3.0 technology allows to charge the phone fully in about 90 minutes while the first 50% charge takes just about 35 minutes which is close to what OnePlus claims in its dash charge technology.
Pros & Cons
Good battery life
Glossy surface is a fingerprint magnet
HTC 11 has got all the ingredients right, to make it a worthy successor of the understand HTC 10. The performance of Snapdragon 835 is superfast and latest Nougat 7.1 is better than the earlier versions of Android. The camera, no doubt, is one of the biggest advantage of HTC 11. The battery capacity is less, but the battery life is quite fast.
The Squeeze feature may help earn some mileage initially, but after a few months, we need to wait and watch as how this flagship smartphone will sell amongst new models like the OnePlus 3T.