Seems like HTC has learned from the mistakes they made while making the U Ultra and came up with a better smartphone. The new U 11 seems pretty similar from the outside but clearly not from the inside. They improved almost every aspect of the phone except the design and the overall build quality remains the same. They came up with a surprisingly new feature which is pretty unique and never seen before in the smartphone industry. Let’s dive deep into the specification and features of U 11 and find out the pros and cons of this smartphone.
The HTC U 11 comes with a brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. This is the best processor that Qualcomm has to offer. It has been the standard for flagships of 2017. The Snapdragon 835 has 8 cores and provides clock speeds up to 2.45 GHz. The GPU in use is Qualcomm Adreno 540. The U 11 comes with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB of memory. There are rumors about a 6 GB RAM and 128 GB memory variant. Still, no official statement has been made by HTC. The Snapdragon 835 combined with the 4 GB RAM offers a seamless experience and playing high-end games on this bad boy is no big deal. There is nothing to complain about in this part of the spectrum.
The display is a 5.5 inch 1440p LCD display. An OLED display would have been better but that does not mean that this display is any less impressive. An OLED display might help with the battery life and better blacks. The display gets pretty bright however you might struggle in direct sunlight. Otherwise, the display is top notch and I don’t have any complaints. The dual speaker is present which I really like. It just helps with the overall media experience.
Till now the camera of the U 11 is the best smartphone camera of 2017. The rare camera has a 12-megapixel sensor and a big wide open F 1.7 aperture. It also has optical image stabilization and can take very good pictures in low light. The front 16-megapixel shooter can take some impressive selfies.
If you think that is all HTC had to offer in their new smartphone then you are wrong. The new EDGE SENSE is by far the best feature of the U 11. Rather than pressing a button you can just squeeze the side panels to launch any shortcut. This new feature lets you customize the shortcuts and you can add a lot of shortcuts. You can set the pressure from low to high which ever you prefer. This takes a little time to get used to but after awhile it starts to feel seamless. I really like this feature because it is something new.
The U 11 has a 3000 mAh battery which might not sound big but because of the low power consumption of the Snapdragon 835, it manages to provide at least 1 day of battery life.
With all the amazing specs and features, it stands out in the crowd. I still managed to find some drawbacks that can bother you. Lack of an edge to edge display concerns me the most. The headphone jack is missing and there is no fast charging option. The mirror like glass panel is not very well looking and catches fingerprint spots pretty easily. The good news is they provide a cloth to clean up the smug. Overall I think the U 11 is a solid competitor of other flagships of 2017.