HTC U11 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

5.5 inches

Display size

1440 x 2560px

64GB

Internal storage

12 MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 534
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 16MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 153.9mm x 75.9mm x 7.9mm
Weight 169g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP67
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$999
Launch date2017-06
HTC U11

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'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.

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.
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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

Promoted

  • The HTC U11 originally sold in Australia outright for $999.
  • The HTC U11 is also available from Optus on contract plan terms.

HTC U11 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 534
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.7
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 16MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 153.9mm x 75.9mm x 7.9mm
Weight 169g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP67
Wireless charging No

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