Hello! Guys, Today, I’m going to take a look at HTC U11. You’re likely already aware that HTC is not in a great run of form with its recent phone launches. But now we have the HTC U11, The true flagship of the U series but in many ways a different device with much higher aspirations. We’re going to hold off on the full review just to make sure things like battery life and Network performance are as accurate as possible. But because I’ve been using the HTC U11 for quite some time now, I can still talk about what it’s like to use the U11 as a daily driver and share with you guys my initial thoughts and first impressions. So let’s get started-
It carries over a similar design that we initially saw on the U Ultra and even though it’s similar to the U Ultra. The design is much more refined on the U11. It doesn’t have a large camera bump like the U Ultra did and it has a smaller 5.5-inch screen. So, it’s much easy to use in one hand. The Edges of both the front and back glass curve down to meet the metal frame giving it a very seamless feel with no sharp or rough edges. It’s very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8.
It is very comfortable to hold but because it’s made mostly of glass material and it doesn’t have flat sides or chamfered edges to help with the grip. It does feel quite slippery. It looks amazing and some of the colors like solar red will shift and change colors depending on the angle and how the light hits it. It’s the really cool effect but the mirror-like finish shows and attracts fingerprints like crazy. And HTC seems to be pretty aware of this considering they’ve included a clear case.
The display itself is at least worth it. The Super LCD 5 at Quad HD resolution is crisp and even handles bright direct sunlight without issue. Though I find it doesn’t get quite dim enough at night for my eyes but that’s a small complaint about an otherwise fantastic display.
Water & Dust Resistant: –
After dabbling with Water resistant and a couple of models HTC is caught up to the industry and the U11 is IP67 Dust and Water-resistant. That means the phone is fine and everything from a sudden rain shower to a shallow drop in a pool or if it’s dirty. You could just rinse it off in the sink.
It has a 12-megapixel Sony Sensor with Dual Focus Pixels a F/1.7 lens with optical image stabilization which keeps video silky smooth and helps with low-light performance as well. But what makes this camera special is, HTC’s new HDR boost modes which mimic what Google introduced with the Pixel. The Camera uses data from multiple exposures to create a single image which is better balanced capturing more detail in the shadows and the brighter areas within the shots. The autofocus time is near instantaneous since every pixel on the sensor assists in calculating what should be in focus.
The colors captured by this phone natural avoiding the extra vivid color if you get on the Galaxy S8. The online downside though is that the shot can easily look a little bit washed out but that can easily be fixed by dropping the exposure level with a quick tap on the screen. But if you want to do a more tweaking you can take full control of the hardware by jumping into the Pro-mode, either way, the images that the U11 captures are stunning. Especially those in low light having taken them we have a thousand photos with this phone already.
HTC U11 has a 16-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0, 26mm lens. It doesn’t have optical image stabilization but it does have the same HDR boost mode as the main camera. The selfies it takes are pretty good but it’s not the best I’ve ever seen. If HTC would have used a lower resolution sensor with the larger pixels the results could have been much better. But if you’re willing to get a little bit creative you can always flip the phone around frame yourself the mirror finish and then snap a picture by squeezing the phone.
On the video side U11 capture really nice 4k video as well and the optical image stabilization keeps that video smooth even while walking around and Slo-Mo recording is great as well capturing 120 frames per second at 1080p and then there are a new 360 degrees audio recording which uses for omnidirectional microphone to record audio from all sides of the phone
Daily performance is absolutely phenomenal, a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM and Adreno 540 GPU lead to amazing fluidity and speed through everything I’ve done with the phone. Touch response is perfect, scrolling is buttery smooth and apps and never have issues. It’s a pixel like an experience in every respect that dovetails nicely into battery performance.
The biggest standout feature on the U11 is the edge sense UI technology. The sides of the U11 are pressure-sensitive and this allows to physically squeeze the phone to activate a specific function or open an app like Camera and Web browser. It does sound weird to squeeze your phone to make it do something simply because it’s not something we usually do with our phones but I really like this feature.
One thing you will not find on the U11 is a headphone jack and HTC is pretty firm on sticking with this decision. So, I wouldn’t expect them to bring it back anytime soon. The biggest reason why it’s because HTC feels they can deliver a better audio experience through USB type-C port and I have to admit Audio sounds incredible on the U11.
The included U Sonic earbuds not only sound really good but they’ve also feature active noise cancellation which works extremely well for blocking out exterior noise. They’re definitely above and beyond the typical pair of earbuds that you’re used to getting with your smartphone. This time around HTC has also included a three and a half millimeter jack two USB type-C adapter with the U11 which they didn’t do with the U Ultra.
The phone uses HTC’s boom sound audio setup with audio coming from the bottom of the phone and the earpiece. It’s not as good as the original boom sound but its loud crisp and has a bit of a kick when the bass rolls around.
It doesn’t have the biggest battery we ever saw in a smartphone. It’s only 3000 mAh but it’s lasted me comfortably through a full day with a consistent 5 hours of screen on time which is really impressive. So, it has me feeling very optimistic for what battery life is going to be like on a US version.
Overall, initial impressions of the U11 are very positive. It’s been a very pleasant smartphone experience and offers some really interesting and unique features. That really make a standout which is exactly what HTC needed especially if they really want to capture the attention of consumers. Now, I didn’t talk about Hardware specs but it does tick all the right boxes in those areas and will go more in depth with that in the full review.
So, what you guys think about the U11, let us know your thoughts down in the comments below and gives this review ratings if you did satisfy.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|HTC U11||Rs. 41,999|
|HTC U11||$ 649.00|