Htc u11

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

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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

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