Naturally, we shot a bunch of 4K videos as well. The U11's footage is a little noisier, but has that extra smidgen of detail to make up for that. We'd say that the Galaxy S8+ has an advantage in dynamic range, so expect more blown highlights from the U11.
Those are just screenshots to prove a point, but the videos themselves can be viewed below.
The two phones do have lightning-fast autofocus, instantly switching from infinity to macro in this improvised torture test we devised.
The S8+ has an upper hand in stabilization with much smoother footage when walking and recording. Panning is also handled better by the Galaxy. You may not be a fan of the tighter crop, though.
More of a quick taste of what's to come from our detailed HTC U11 review, this comparison we assembled in a jiffy left us wondering. Has Samsung licensed out its Dual Pixel tech to HTC, or was it always Sony behind its development with Samsung having exclusivity for the first year? Could be, could be...
The point we're trying to make is that the U11's primary camera performs an awful lot like the one in the Galaxy S8+, which can't be a bad thing as you very well know if you're remotely familiar with the phone. Different processing tweaks by the two companies have resulted in minor distinctions here and there, but for the most part these are two strikingly good cameraphones.