HTC U11 HTC has gone back to its innovative roots with a colour-ch anging phone you’ll want to squeeze… It ’s strange, but we love it
The next-generation phone you’ll want to squeeze.
Picking up from where the rather brilliant HTC 10 left off, the U11 is HTC’s latest attempt to steal a little market share from the likes of Samsung, LG and Huawei .
HTC thinks it can win customers over with high-res audio, multiple virtual assistants, colour-changing glass, and a completely new way of interacting with your device – squeezable edges. Yes, you read that correctly. Squeezable.
The first thing you’ll notice though is the new fluid glass and aluminium construction, which is a departure from HTC’s more recent phones. It’s thin, sleek and feels unbelievably well made, with tight tolerances and an ergonomic curve around the glass and metal. It comes in a variety of colours, including Black, White, Blue, Amazing Silver and Solar Red. These final two are the most interesting, as they’re capable of completely changing colour depending on the light.
The U11 has a 5.5-inch screen, but HTC hasn’t joined the 2017 trend of reducing the bezel size, so the phone measures 153.9x75.9x7.9mm. That’s larger than the S8, but with a smaller screen. The display itself looks great, though. You’ve got a Quad HD (2560x1440) resolution and Super LCD 5 display tech. It’s very bright, sharp and colourful.
It’s a similar story when it comes to the camera. HTC hasn’t gone for a flashy dual-lens setup like some of its rivals, but that’s no bad thing, because the 12MP HTC UltraPixel 3 camera is a belter.
With large pixels, a wide f/1.7 aperture, and optical image stabilisation, the U11 can deliver bright, colourful and sharp images reliably in both bright and low lightning conditions. This is, in part, thanks to the new automatic ‘HDR Boost’ mode, which is very similar to the Pixel’s HDR mode. HTC has also made the camera quicker with an ‘UltraSpeed Autofocus’ feature. It’s very quick, although, if we’re being ultra critical, there’s a little more shutter lag when compared to its rivals. It’s rarely a problem when using the phone, though.
Overall, the HTC U11’s camera is one of the best we’ve ever tested, right up there with the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8.
Powering everything is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage (expandable). Throughout our review it’s been super-speedy, indistinguishable from all the other
We are you r frien ds The U11 offers access to multiple voice assistants, so you can always summon the right ‘person’ for the job ABOVE The new glass and aluminium body is a welcome change from HTC’s previous unibody designs