Levy, 10 Jun 2017The phone is too large and too boring; those huge bezels makes it look like a 2015 model. Whil... moreThe front is all black so the screen stands out more. My gold S6edge plus looked nice buy was slightly distracting. The bezzels are bigger to accomidate the acoustic chambers for the speakers ( which is ome of the reasons i bought the phone)
The smartphone that is worth comparing against the XZ Premium in terms of innovative features and functions.
I'd still take the XZ Premium in the end because
1 - 960fps Slow Motion video is just an absolutely stunning and insane thing to be done by a smartphone even if not for a very long time.
2 - Headphone jack still exists, and audio quality out of it is one of the most impressive. U 11 doesn't do bad, but I wish they didn't remove it straight away 'cause I still have my 3.5mm headphones.
3 - Supports BT 5.0, which is more future proof. Surprisingly the U 11 lacks this.
4 - HDR display (not gonna bring 4K to the topic) which means great shadows and highlights with the most natural colors.
5 - Faster speed, at least at opening, and thus proven to be more consistent in performance. Even software updates are more up-to-date and faster.
XZ Premium already has 7.1.1 and June Security Update, while U 11 is still at 7.1 with May Security Update.
6 - Dual Front Stereo Speakers. U 11 is louder, but it just can't replace the quality of a true stereo speaker.
7 - Greater quality images, that is if you know how to handle it in low light. GSMArena themselves already admit that the XZ Premium is unmatchable in low light tripod, but I don't take low light photos that often. For that, I always have my DSLR on my side, but daylight shots matter more, and nothing could rival the XZ Premium for that.
8 - Greater build, IP67 vs IP68. Numbers don't mean everything, so we'll see. And to mention as well that the XZ Premium has Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and rear glass. U 11 only has Gorilla Glass 5 on the front but 3 at the back.
But please, don't take my opinion into consideration.
I would take the XZ Premium for those reasons above, but doesn't mean I don't like the U 11. I still do, and I believe it's one of the best flagships of 2017, just that it doesn't have many features that suits me the most like what the XZ Premium can. But I won't be mad at using it, 'cause I still prefer the U 11 over the S8 twins, G6, P10 twins, iPhone 7 twins, Pixel twins, and the upcoming OP5
The phone is too large and too boring; those huge bezels makes it look like a 2015 model. While the back is all shiny and glossy, the front -which you're obviously be looks at the most- is so plain it's not even funny. The squeeze stuff is a silly gimmick.
Yes i can confirm this does raw photos in PRO mode. I have had this phone for 9 days now and agree with the review. But I must say that the battery life is excellent. My S6 plus after 18 months needed topping up 3 times a day snd i eould take a charger to work. U11 lasts me 24 hours with a bit left over!!!
VEGETARAV1ND, 10 Jun 2017Fair review, not everyone mentions about audio in their reviews.Agreed! Only gsmarena and pocketnow gives detailed info about headphone audio quality , keep it up guys !
1 Best camera with ultraspeed auto focus & best low light image captures second to none.
2 brilliant audio w/ 360° sound recording, powerful top and bottom boomsound
3 Edge sense that taking your pictures underwater easy
4 Beautiful Liquid glass surface with optical spectrum hybrid Deposition.
5 3D glass screen with no distorted colors at the edge that are the results you can expect from a curved S8 screen
6 USonic earphones with hires audio and active noise cancellation, delivers cinematic sound compared to any others OEM 3.5mm earphones provided in the box
7 Qualcomm latest SD835, unlike G6 old 821 chipset, and Rapid charging 3.0 compared to s8 only QC 2.0
For me there's not even a contest... U11 beats g6 or s8 on many levels and innovations. HTC is just brilliant this year.
Good review, great device, but no low-light camera sample in this dedicated review article?? Why??
Wow I kinda surprised for this device, better than my expectations, it has great design, clean software, decent battery life and ofcourse, the loud and impressive audio quality. Audio quality and its loudness is pretty important to me when buying a smartphone. Though no headphone jack is still hard to swallow (there's a USB c-3.5 jack atleast) and no 60fps in 1080p is bit disappointing. Overall, HTC u11 is a solid flagship.
Hmmmm so they have different audio results than Juan from PocketNow? Who said audio was worse than HTC 10, S8, iPhone 7 etc? Hmmmmmm
At the conclusion section where they say about other phones, they talked about the S8 "Unfortunately, Samsung's UI still slows down on a small number of power-users a few weeks in" this sentence I absolutely agree with it. Too heavy UI man
That mediocre battery though. Waiting for phone with SD836/845 (2.8-3Ghz) and battery of at least 4100 so I can replace my Le Pro3. =D
Was considering buying another HTC 10 after my last one got stolen... Think I'll be squeezing that extra $$ for the Ull! ;P Great device!
I wish i had waited for this one but.... Htc 10 is great as well. No complaints.
Thanks gsmarena for good review i think htc comeback with this device wonderful phone i hope company can sell good this year because htc deserve to be number one in android. Htc u11 very good phone with all wonderful specs camera and boomsound and speakers battery life better than htc 10. I think this year htc u11 can beat samsung galaxy s8 because really htc make wonderful device
Fair review, not everyone mentions about audio in their reviews.
"The HTC U11 was given a DxO score of 90, the highest of any smartphone. Though, we know that this may not mean much since not all smartphones are actually rated by DxO."
Bad argument. The main reason is that the dxomark is useless. Dxo cooperates with several smartphone companies and sells camera products, they also got the U11 from HTC before it was released. Therefore there is a conflict of interest. Moreover the Dxomark has a very bad reputation as the HTC 10 or Xperia Z5 were rated as the best smartphone camera. Furthermore the Dxomark is scientifically unfounded as it does not make sense to combine ratings for autofocus, image quality, video quality, etc which are totally different things. There is even neither a detailed scientific explanation how they calculate the smartphone ratings nor a detailed data set of their measurements.
Also read this, HTC pays for getting good comments: https://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/06/htc-elevate-members-getting-swag-positive-u11-reviews.html