When I first heard about the new device from HTC, I was thinking at first…why? We just got the new HTC U Ultra, and I’m still enjoying this one. Well, HTC knew what they were doing by releasing this device.
The HTC U 11 is one of the most beautiful devices you will ever use, out doing the Samsung Galaxy S8 by a long shot in hardware. The design of this phone is nothing short of amazing, no pun intended (amazing silver). The rear of the phone is their new way of doing things, and they call it 3D Liquid Glass surface. It is stunning, I mean really stunning. It’s one of those devices you need to see in person, not on your computer screen. This phone is well built, and can outclass several others on the market right now. While I can’t say it’s the phone of the year, as some have already given the S8/S8 Plus. However I will say, it’s a better choice than both of those as I feel they are not the smartphone kings right now.
HTC decided to throw everything they could in this phone, and they did very well. Even on the price.
- 5.5 inch SLCD5 Quad HD Display
- Snapdragon 835
- Adreno 540 GPU
- 4GB RAM 64GB Storage
- SD Card Slot
- 12mp Rear camera f/1.7
- 16mp Front Ultra pixel
- Water and dust resistant
- Gorilla Glass 5
- USB C 3.1
- Fingerprint scanner
- Fast Charging 3.0
- 3000mAh Battery
- Boom Sound Speakers (Dual)
- Android 7.1.1 (out of the box)
They did not hold back, and all of that for a great price tag of only $649 ($599 with promo code). The U 11 also works on ALL major carriers, and Sprint is the first to sell it in stores directly.
I think HTC set out to make a point, because they were slammed so hard about the U Ultra. While the U Ultra was torn apart by the BIG YouTube bloggers, it’s still a hit among several users to date. I do agree it was priced a little high, but it’s still a great phone and can be had now for less than the U 11. Anyway, HTC has done well this time around, and it seems they do not plan to slow down.
The U 11 has one of the best cameras I’ve used to date, and it shows quickly when you launch it. The pictures come out great in low light, and video is even better. (Photos below)
One of the main selling points that HTC is pushing about the phone, is the squeeze feature. You can use this feature to take photos by default out of the box, but it can be programmed for any app on the phone. Some people are saying it’s a gimmick, but this is actually VERY useful. Unlike some other phones, you can just give the phone a quick squeeze…and you are on whatever you have the function programmed for.
Another thing that they are pushing, is the new upgraded earbuds that come in the box. They have active noise canceling now…and it shows. The included earbuds that came with my U Ultra, are amazing. With the U 11, they have kicked it up a notch. If you are an audiophile, you will LOVE these earbuds. They are only compatible with this phone I believe, but they are amazing.
Using this phone as a daily driver is easy, as it checks all the right boxes for the everyday user and the techie as well. The phone is small enough, with just the right size body to have a great in hand feel.
The battery life is just what I thought it would be, very good. On my U Ultra, I’m getting more than 6 hours of SOT on a single charge in most cases. This phone is no different. I think the way HTC has Sense UI optimized, it’s one of the main reasons battery is this good. Right now I’m sitting pretty with almost 3 hours of SOT and 61% left. I’d say you can make it through a full day with ease, and on a single charge. Maybe even more if you are not a heavy user.
A draw back though, is it will need some kind of protection. It is super slippery, and will slide out of that pocket or off the table if let alone.
Another one is the speakers, they are not as loud as I’d hoped them to be. It almost seems like they are not louder than the U Ultra’s. But I will do more testing to be sure.