It's all for U


HWM (Malaysia) - - UNLOCKED - by Nickey Ross

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 htc­

squeeze the phone to open any app of your choice.

The U11 gar­nered a 39,806 score on 3Dmark's Ice storm Un­lim­ited test.

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