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We are heavily attached to our smartphones as they are an extension of us. In the past, people would probably think you were crazy if you said your phone was squeezable, but no one will bat an eye with the brand new HTC U11. With it, HTC has introduced a new squeeze interaction, alongside many improvements that will be highlighted in this review.
The U11 is visually pleasing with its sleek design and curved edges. It is rather slim, which makes for a pocketfriendly phone. The U11 is also nice to hold and its buttons are rather cohesive as well. The top comprises the hybrid SIM slots and a microphone, while the bottom of the phone has a speaker grille, another microphone, and a USB 3.1 Type-C port.
One of the interesting additions to the U11 is that it boasts a Liquid Surface, making the color pop and change with different angles. However, the rear is prone to scratches and the phone is quite slippery. Your fingerprints are bound to get all over it, so it's best to use the protective cover that comes with the phone.
Its innovative Edge Sense squeeze interaction is most impressive. With a squeeze, you can open any desired app. Your squeeze force level can be set to fulfill other uses too. The HTC Sense Companion learns about your activities and interests, allowing it to offer relevant suggestions over time. You can get it to remind you on important things, like keeping your phone charged, for instance. The U11 is also water-resistant with its IP67 rating, so the phone is not doomed if it gets splashed with liquid or dunked in one.
In terms of storage, the U11 offers a vast 128GB for your apps and everything else. Rounding up its hardware are the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa- core SoC and 6GB of RAM. It also has a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. The phone also gives you a countdown as to when the battery will be fully charged. Additionally, there are Power Saving mode and Extreme Power Saving mode.
Audio-wise, the presence of HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation greatly reduces outside noise for better music listening. The bundled USonic earbuds don't come with regular 3.5mm audio jack due to the U11’s USB 3.1 Type-C port. It does come with an adapter for use with other audio devices.
HTC rarely disappoints in the camera department, and the U11 features a
Conclusion The U11 is undoubtedly one of HTC's best creations, and it would certainly be a challenge for HTC to top this.
16MP front-facing camera that does both voice- and smile-activated selfies. The main 12MP UltraPixel 3 camera is downright immaculate, offering a Pro mode with manual control, 32-second long exposure, and RAW format support. The intricacy of detail in the photos captured is simply outstanding, thanks to f/1.7 aperture and OIS. It's also capable of slow motion and 4K video capture.
We further evaluated the U11 with benchmarks like PCMark, 3DMark, AnTuTu, and Quadrant Standard. The results certainly impressed, and the proof is in the numbers. In PCMark’s Work 2.0 benchmark, the U11 achieved a score of 6,752, exceeding the majority of previous generation Android phones. With 3DMark’s Slingshot Extreme, the phone scored a whopping 2,817. When tested with Ice Storm Unlimited, the U11 attained a score of 39,806, another indicator of its formidable performance.
When tested using AnTuTu, it reached a score of 177,496, putting it on par with other smartphones fitted with a Snapdragon 835 SoC. Its 3D benchmark counterpart issued a score of 32.38 fps for the 3D Marooned segment, while 3D Garden resulted in 46.90 fps. With Quadrant Standard, the phone scored an astounding 42,274. We also ran Epic Citadel, and it further solidified the phone’s graphics prowess at 60.2 fps. The U11 certainly lives up to its promise of long battery life, as the phone lasted nine and a half hours with PCMark’s Work 2.0.
The HTC U11 impresses in every aspect, from the sound to the cameras, and overall performance. While the only downside is its high asking price, it is worth it when you consider all the features it has to offer.
spECIFICATIoNs ProCeSSor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 gPu Adreno 540 CoNNeCtIvIty 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 3.1 Type-C memory 6GB RAM Storage 128GB internal storage (expandable up to 2TB via microSD) battery 3,000mAh DImeNSIoNS 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm weIght 169g warraNty 1-year CoNtaCt HTC Careline telePhoNe 1 800 889 855 url htcmalaysia.com.my
squeeze the phone to open any app of your choice.
The U11 garnered a 39,806 score on 3Dmark's Ice storm Unlimited test.