HTC U11 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick verdict

HTC seriously needed a hit on its hands with the HTC U11 and that's just what it's delivered, with a powerful and stylish handset that incorporates an industry-leading camera and water-resistance features.

The good

  • Fast and accurate camera
  • High performance
  • Water resistance
  • Superb battery life
  • Edge sense is customisable and quick
  • Aggressive asking price

Could be better

  • Limited colour choice
  • Bezel-heavy design
  • No headphone jack
  • Squeezing isn't an ideal way to take photos

HTC U11 at a glance

When does the HTC U11 come out? Available in Australia on 5 June 2017.
What’s new about the HTC U11? Squeezable sides, Snapdragon 835 processor, Ultrafast focus camera
How much does the HTC U11 cost? Originally priced at $999 in Australia

HTC's U11 is an exceptional phone, and one of the best phones of 2017.

HTC was responsible for two of the best phones of 2016 by way of the exceptional Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL handsets. The problem for HTC was that they weren't in-house efforts, even if HTC was doing the actual legwork of producing the hardware. So expectations were high for its own in-house followup device, the HTC U Ultra.

Despite having many of the same specifications as the Pixel XL, the U Ultra was ultimately a disappointing device compared to its immediate competition, and it's a comparison that's only widened with the release of many competitor handsets through the year.

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Offering you a stunning 3D liquid glass surface, state of the art camera and purest audio you can find with active noise cancellation the HTC U11 sets a new standard of what you can expect from a smartphone.

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As such, when the HTC U11 was announced, I was cautious but not terribly optimistic. HTC can produce great phones and has done so in the past, but it's had more misses that hits when compared against true flagships. Thankfully for HTC, the U11 marks the point where the Taiwanese manufacturer appears to have actually turned a corner, because it's a genuinely great handset in almost every respect.

Design

  • Liquid design looks gorgeous
  • Squeezy Edge Sense sides.
  • No headphone socket.

Camera

  • Good low-light performance
  • Single lens only

Performance

  • Snapdragon 660 provides exactly the performance you'd expect
  • Android One gives the HTC U11 more longevity than most mid-range handsets
  • More open Edge Sense than on Google's own Pixel phones

Battery life

  • Good but not great battery life
  • Quick Charge 3.0 compatible

Verdict

  • Like most older flagships, it's only worth it at a bargain price.

Pricing and availability

HTC U11

HTC's squeezy handset

Getting to grips with the HTC U11 opens up a whole new world of grip-related gestures. Buy one outright or on contract through Optus

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  • The HTC U11 originally sold in Australia outright for $999.
  • The HTC U11 is also available from Optus on contract plan terms.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 2560 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 534
Processor Snapdragon 835
Height (mm) 153.9
Width (mm) 75.9
Depth (mm) 7.9
Weight (g) 169
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance IP67
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.7
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 16
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
NFC support Yes
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Updated October 18th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
HTC U Play
HTC U Play
MediaTek Helio P10
5.2
1920 x1080
32GB
HTC U Ultra
HTC U Ultra
Snapdragon 821
5.7
2560 x 1440
64GB
HTC Desire 650
HTC Desire 650
Snapdragon 400
5
1280 x 720
16GB
HTC U11 Life
HTC U11 Life
Snapdragon 630
5.2
1920 x 1080
64GB
HTC U12+
HTC U12+
Snapdragon 845
6
2880 x 1440
128GB
HTC One X10
HTC One X10
MediaTek Helio P10
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
HTC U11
HTC U11
Snapdragon 835
5.5
2560 x 1440
64GB

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